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Corks and Choirs: A Night of International Sound

Photo by Josh Cande

A night of fine music and fine dining went as smoothly as the wine was poured on Friday, November 4.

Under the direction of Raymund Ocampo, the LBCC Concert Choir and Chamber Choir performed for family, friends, fans, faculty, and supporters of the program in the Corks & Choir: A Night of International Sound concert.

Hoping to raise funds for the choral department’s spring trip overseas to the United Kingdom and Ireland, the catered event featured international music, fine foods and charcuterie prepared by Linn-Benton’s own culinary program. And of course, as the title implies, fine wines were served.

Accompanied by Ali Jones on piano, the Concert Choir and Chamber Choir each performed four pieces. Their sounds echoed softly against the concrete walls of the LBCC rotunda next to the campus bookstore. The atmosphere of the event was created with heating stands reminiscent of tiki torches. Certainly, some of the songs created a tribal feel, as if next to a fire under the stars.

Featuring French pieces such as J’entends Le Moulin and Dirait-on from the Concert Choir, the performance was a hallow one. The Chamber Choir, meanwhile, included Lay Me Low and Rune of Hospitality within their line-up.

After the performance, director Ocampo said that the key to the groups’ memorable performances was listening to one another and feeling the music. Ocampo hopes that they sound even better overseas.

To support the department’s upcoming spring trip, call the LBCC Foundation at 541-917-4209 to make a donation.

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