UNC Glee Clubs bringing concert to Forest City

Thursday night at First Baptist
Dec. 27, 2013 @ 03:42 AM

Emily Mellnik daughter of Bob and Sue Mellnik will appear with the Women’s and Men’s Glee Clubs from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in a concert at Forest City First Baptist Church on Thursday, Jan. 2.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the sanctuary of Forest City First Baptist Church.

 In addition to the Forest City performance, the students will perform in Wilmington, Kannapolis, Charlotte and Charleston, S.C. There will be no admission charge although a love offering will be collected.

The Glee Clubs, conducted by Dr. Sue T. Klausmeyer and Dr. Daniel M. Huff, are among the oldest organizations at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and include thousands of alumni as past members. The poetry for the familiar “Hark the Sound,” UNC-Chapel Hill's well-known alma mater, was written by William Myers, a second tenor from the group and was first performed by the Glee Club in 1897. Members of the two groups are chosen through audition and represent towns and cities across North Carolina, as well as other states and countries. In addition to this tour, the groups perform several times yearly on campus, including two formal concerts and a number of sacred performances at local religious centers. Their 2014 repertoire includes works by Bach, Dello Joio, Gabrieli, Gasparini, Hindemith, Vaughan-Williams and Whitacre, as well as the premiere performance of a new work by member Garth Molyneux and several lighter pieces of various styles.

Besides their on- and off-campus performances, the two groups offer opportunities in support of local music educators in North Carolina and beyond. In early January, the Men’s Glee Club will host its annual All-Carolina Invitational Male Choral Festival, while the Women’s Glee Club will host the Carolina Women’s Choral Showcase featuring high school women’s choirs in mid-February.