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Appalachian Chorale Performs April 27

BOONE–The Appalachian Chorale, featuring the Presbyterian-Methodist Children’s Choir, will perform Tuesday, April 27, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information about the concert or upcoming events, call the Hayes School of Music at (828) 262-3020.

The Appalachian Chorale is directed by Dr. Brian Bailey.

The program presents a lovely arrangement of pieces for the evening. The first selection, “A Song of Thanksgiving,” is by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This piece will feature the Appalachian Chorale, the Children’s Choir, soloist Julia Pedigo and narrator Joseph Amaya. British composer Williams wrote the piece to celebrate the end of World War II, and its first performance was in a radio broadcast on May 13, 1945. The text comes from the Bible, and the works of Shakespeare and Rudyard Kipling. The singers will be accompanied by three trumpets, timpani, organ and piano.

” Praise the Lord, Who Reigns Above” by Jody Lindh will be performed by the Children’s Choir. The composition is based on Psalm 150. Xylophone, tambourine, hand bells, bass and piano will accompany the singers.

The chorale will perform Howard Hanson’s “The One Hundred Fiftieth Psalm.” This particular setting of Psalm 150 begins with driving, energetic rhythm, and broadens into a sense of quiet worshipfulness at its conclusion.

The next piece, “How Can I Keep From Singing?” is arranged by Alice Parker. It is a relaxed setting of the 19th-century Quaker hymn.

The final piece will be “Musical Risotto” by Jonathan Willcocks, featuring soloist Julia Pedigo. The only words to this humorous piece are Italian musical terms, such as “allegro,” “accelerando,” or “pizzicato,” and is sung in the style that the words describe.