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Appalachian Chorale performs Rutter and Bernstein April 28

BOONE—The Appalachian Chorale will perform works by John Rutter and Leonard Bernstein April 28. The 8 p.m. performance will be presented in Broyhill Music Center’s Rosen Concert Hall at Appalachian State University. Admission is free.

Dr. Linda Larson is the conductor.

The program opens with Rutter’s “The Sprig of Thyme” a choral suite of folksongs written in 1994.

Drawing his work from English, Irish and Canadian folksongs, Rutter wrote, “For children growing up in post-war England as I did, traditional songs still form a common musical currency. These songs brought me delight and pleasure then, and they still do now, though pleasure has become tinged with nostalgia because, for the most part, they are forgotten and gone from our lives, perhaps forever. ‘The Sprig of Thyme’ is an affectionate tribute to their composers and poets; a few were renowned, most were obscure or unknown, but the songs they created were famous, and I remember them fondly.”

The second work on the program in “Chichester Psalms” by Leonard Bernstein. The composition was written in 1965 when he was on sabbatical from his position as the New York Philharmonic’s music director. He wrote it at the request of the dean of the Cathedral of Chichester in England for the cathedral’s 1965 music festival.