Krista Shaw, Contributing Writer
A performance by the Silver Serenaders of Texas, a premier senior citizens’ ensemble, will be held at the Church of the Incarnation on Saturday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Students can look forward to the performance of a “‘bunch of old folks’ [who] still enjoy praising the Lord with great music,” University of Dallas physics professor and Silver Serenaders keyboard player Arthur Sweeney said.
The Silver Serenaders’ concert at UD will specifically showcase the group’s sacred music repertoire. Highlights of the evening will include classics such as “Great is the Lord God Almighty” and the “Hallelujah Chorus” of Handel’s Messiah.
Committed to fulfilling the group’s mission statement of sharing Jesus’ message and “promot[ing] community service, patriotism and Christianity,” talented musicians volunteer their time to contribute to the non-profit organization’s success.
Though this will be the ensemble’s first performance at the University of Dallas, the group routinely enjoys the appreciative reception of many of the area’s colleges and churches. In the 32 years since their founding, the Silver Serenaders have held concerts at prestigious venues such as Carnegie Hall and even overseas in Israel.
In true UD style, this concert is part of an evening that promotes two diverse disciplines of study. The Silver Serenaders concert is sponsored by the physics department and immediately followed by a physics open house organized by the department chair, Dr. Richard Olenick. This third annual open house is designed to reach out to UD’s neighbors in the University Hills area.
“It’s a rewarding experience to share what UD’s science program offers with members of the community,” junior physics major Matt Melendez said. “I know this event will really captivate kids’ imaginations and adults’ interests too.”
The public will be welcomed into the physics observatory and laboratories to stargaze and hear UD undergraduate students’ presentations on research and developments in astronomy. Demonstrations on how ice-skaters can spin faster and how a non-Newtonian fluid remains soft until it is punched will provide an exciting, hands-on learning experience for even the youngest visitors.
The UD community and anyone in the Dallas area are welcome to the hour-long concert and open house.