Christmas came early to South Campus when the Fine Arts Department presented the annual Sounds of the Season holiday choral concert Friday, Dec. 5 at the Wilson Center.The free event drew a crowd of hundreds, including college president Dr. Cynthia Bioteau, to a packed auditorium as music lovers soaked in the holiday spirit.
Conductor Timothy Workman, Accompanist Bonita Wyke, and guest Soloist David Scheininger led a concert with several old-time standards as well as some less familiar pieces.
Scheininger, a performer in the school’s music program during its period as Florida Junior College, had the special experience of singing on a stage with his children Matthew and Alex, both now FSCJ students. His solo performance of the inspirational and vocally demanding “O Holy Night” stood out among the evening’s finest.
The event also showcased the talent and dedication of the college’s smaller group ensembles, which Workman said had honed their skills dramatically over a semester of work. No performers won the applause of the audience like the men’s ensemble of Nick Devereaux, Elvis Le, Brandon Pack and Matthew Scheininger, who nearly brought the house down with a bouncing, boisterous rendition of “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town.”
The men’s chorus also contributed a moment of levity with English composer Frederick Bridge’s “The Goslings,” a darkly humorous Victorian-era song combining enduring love, Christmas dinner and the sudden decapitation of a waterfowl. Although the human spectators filed from the Wilson Center filled with the Christmas spirit, the ever-present South Campus geese might not dare venture out again until January.
The FSCJ chorale concert concluded with “My Lord Has Come,” a modern work from English composer Will Todd that closed the night on a note of harmony and reverence.
The concert rounds out this semester’s musical offerings, which will resume in the spring term.