Sweet Briar’s Chamber Choir was one of 21 choral groups from Virginia colleges and universities invited to join a 200-strong choir ensemble to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation. The performance was held April 13 at Richmond CenterStage’s Carpenter Theater.
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Commission of the Virginia General Assembly partnered with the Richmond Symphony to produce the concert, which was one of the signature events of the commission’s celebration of the anniversary of emancipation.
The program featured national and state luminaries, as well as music written during and after the Civil War period by nationally acclaimed Virginia composers and artists.
Thirteen Chamber Choir members represented Sweet Briar: Caroline Lacy ’14, Holly Nadel ’15, Jennifer Will ’13, Katherine Brown ’16, Sarah Capen ’15, Sadé Fountain ’15, Shannon McCarthy ’16, Victoria Eisenmann ’14, Rebecca Sly ’15, Erin Geiersbach ’15, Adrianna LaCandia ’14, Morgan Deal ’16 and Charlotte von Claparede-Crolla ’16. Amherst County High School senior Bethany Roberts also sang with the choir.
Marcia Jones Thom directs the Sweet Briar choir, with accompaniment by pianist Anna Billias.