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Appalachian Chorale performs May 1

BOONE—The Appalachian Chorale concludes its 36th season with a performance of Felix Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” on Tuesday, May 1, at 8 p.m. in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall in Appalachian State University’s Hayes School of Music.

David Brian Clark, baritone, will sing the role of Elijah. Music director Joby Bell will play and conduct from the console of the Broyhill pipe organ. Admission is free. For further information, contact the Hayes School at 828-262-3020.

The story of Elijah is told in the books of 1 Kings and 2 Kings in the Old Testament. Israel has turned from God, and a continuing drought threatens the nation. God sends the prophet Elijah to turn the hearts of the people back toward God and restore the land. The drama of the story plus Mendelssohn’s beautiful music has earned “Elijah” a place as one of the most popular oratorios ever composed.

The Appalachian Chorale was founded in 1975 by R. Carroll Stegall. Membership is open to all interested singers. Rehearsals are held every Monday evening of the university’s fall and spring semesters. Bell welcomes inquiries at 828-262-6467 or