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Appalachian Chorale accepting new members

BOONE—The Appalachian Chorale will continue to accept new members on Monday, Jan. 26, in preparation for its April 28 concert of Leonard Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms” and John Rutter’s folksong cycle “The Sprig of Thyme.”

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The chorale is an 80- to 90-voice choir comprised of community members and students. It is open to all who would like to sing choral masterworks and feel that they can hold their own on a part. No auditions are required. Rehearsals are Monday evenings from, 7-9 p.m., in room 214 Broyhill Music Center whenever university classes are in session.

Bernstein was commissioned to write “Chichester Psalms” in 1965, 50 years ago this spring. “This is a gorgeous and exciting 20-minute setting in Hebrew of portions of Psalms 108, 100, 23, 2, 131 and 133,” said Dr. Linda Larson who directs the choral. Larson is a member of the Hayes School of Music faculty. “The commission suggested that a hint of ‘West Side Story’ in the new piece would be welcomed, and those hints can be heard in the dance-like rhythms, the fresh harmonies and the dramatic elements in the piece.”

The chorale also will perform a group of British Isles folksongs, “The Sprig of Thyme,” set by composer John Rutter. Rutter is perhaps best known for his pieces written for the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, Larson said.

The concert, which is free and open to all, will be on Tuesday, April 28, at 8 p.m. in Rosen Concert Hall. Directed Larson, it will feature faculty organ professor and chorale accompanist Dr. Joby Bell.

For additional information, contact director Larson at larsonll@appstate.edu.

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