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R-MWC's Chorale Presents Program of Satire and Farce

Performance will feature parody of amusing quotes from George W. Bush

4/11/2006 10:46:32 AM


LYNCHBURG — Randolph-Macon Woman’s College’s Chorale will perform a program entirely of satire and farce April 22 at 7:30 p.m. in Wimberly Recital Hall. The performance is free and open to the public.

“It’s music of a variety that I can pretty much guarantee one hasn’t heard before,” said Randall Speer, director. “It’s just a fun silly romp, and it’s not at all serious. It’s a good departure from the traditional Chorale concert.”

The program will open with a satirical work entitled, “The Natural Superiority of Men,” which will include a work with no sung notes called a valse.

The performance will also include the premiere of a work by Speer, “Make the Pie Higher.”

The work is based on amusing quotes by George W. Bush compiled by Washington Post staff writer named Richard Thompson.

“It’s not a political statement at all,” Speer said. “Whether or not one likes George W. Bush, you have to have no sense of humor at all to think that he hasn’t said some funny things. Every president says funny things.”

The final work of the program will be a Chorister’s Covert Concert.

“Essentially, it portrays the choir’s thoughts as they go through the entire program, and it makes fun of me,” Speer said. “The music is portrayed as a battle between the choir and me, and they make satirical comments throughout.”

The satirical performance is a new venture for Chorale.

“We’ve never tried anything quite like this before,” Speer said. “One of the hardest things of preparing this program was just getting the choir to stop laughing so we could work on the music.”

For more information, call 947-8142.

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