A Family Affair: Various ensembles will sing today for Family Weekend

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By Hannah Neumann
Staff Writer

This evening, six of Baylor University’s vocal ensembles will present their annual choral concert for Family Weekend.

The free concert will begin at 5 p.m in Jones Concert Hall, located within the Glennis McCrary Music Building.

According to the press release, an unaccompanied vocal group called VirtuOSO will open the program, followed by Baylor’s Women’s Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Choir, Bella Voce and the A Cappella Choir.

Professor of Ensembles, Lynne Gackle, who will conduct Bella Voce, the chamber choir of women’s voices, said this will be the first concert of the year to feature all six choirs.

“The next will be Christmas at Baylor, which is in December,” Gackle said. “That too is a really big event but it is ticketed, while this is a free concert.”

Gackle said after allotting seats for the performers, the hall will be able to hold around 800 attendees.

“It’s first-come, first-served basis for seating,” Gackle said. “The hall holds almost a thousand people.” He also said for years the performance has had a packed house.

Sarah Brodsky, an alto in the Baylor Women’s Choir, said each choir will be performing two songs.

“These are songs that we have only been working on for about two weeks now,” Brodsky said. “We’ve had to work really hard to make sure we are prepared so I’m definitely excited, and I think it’s going to be a really great performance to start the year.”