The AC Chorale and Friends will present “This is AC!” Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. in the Temple Theater.
The group, directed by Beckie Compton, AC music instructor, will be celebrating Angelina College’s 50th anniversary with an evening of music from 1968 through 2018, featuring the talents of vocal and instrumental ensembles, as well as AC faculty and staff members, alumni and The East Texas Praise Symphony.
From 1968, Patty Donaldson, AC physical education instructor and alto, will sing “Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay,” which was co-written by soul singer Otis Redding and guitarist Steve Cropper. She will be accompanied on the piano by Debra Jenke, AC government instructor.
From 1976, “Turn the Beat Around,” arranged by Alan Billingsley, will feature Colin Wise, former AC Singer and current recruiter for AC.
Doug Conn, AC police chief and baritone, will be featured singing the 1977 song “It Was Almost Like a Song” written by Hal David and Archie Jordan and made famous by country singer Ronnie Milsap.
From 1982, the group will sing “Africa” arranged by Roger Emerson.
From the 1990s, they will perform “The Majesty and Glory of Your
Name” arranged by Tom Fettke and “By the Way of the Cross” arranged by Speck, Goss and Zaloudik, and alto Cheryl Sims, administrative assistant in the Visual and Performing Arts Division, will be featured. Also, “The Old Rugged Cross” arranged by Marty Hamby will be performed by The East Texas Praise Symphony, including a flute solo by Evelyn Walker, AC Human Resources specialist.
From the 2000s, the handbell choir will play an arrangement of “Agnus Dei/Shall We Gather at the River” by Ron Kean. Also, a duet will sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” which was arranged by Andy Beck; and a large group of the AC Chorale and Friends will sing “These Great Trees” by Robert J. Coe, adjunct music instructor at Angelina College, who has also taught at Stephen F. Austin State University and the University of Houston.
Vocalists, instrumentalists and ensembles will perform other songs as well.
Tickets for the event cost $5 for adults and $4 for senior citizens, students and children.
Nancy Reynolds has proudly served Angelina College since 2000. She began serving as AC’s communications coordinator in 2005. Prior to that, she was the public relations specialist.
Reynolds earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Stephen F. Austin State University. She taught speech courses as an adjunct for AC for eight years.
As communications coordinator, Reynolds’ responsibilities include the following: writing news releases, directing social media, collaborating with the marketing team, managing the Angelina College brand, coordinating publications, managing web content, coordinating internal communications and providing media training.
Reynolds lives in Lufkin with her husband Reg. They have two sons, one daughter-in-law, three grandchildren, and one cat.
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