Community Chorale spring concerts on June 7 & 8

The Community Chorale of the Catskills, under the direction of Richard Tucker, will present two performances of its Spring Concert this coming weekend.

On Friday night, June 7, the Chorale will perform at Margaretville Central School at 7:30 p.m. The program will be repeated on Saturday evening, June 8 at Roxbury Central School at 7:30 p.m. This is a departure from the past when the Roxbury concert has usually been on Friday with the Margaretville concert on Saturday.

The program represents a wide variety of choral music with, hopefully, something for every taste. The program opens with Andre J. Thomas’ rousing I Hear America Singing, which quotes the Spiritual “Walk Together Children”. The program will then move to three pieces composed or arranged by Larry Farrow. The third number in this set is “Ellingtonia”, subtitled “The Music of Edward “Duke” Ellington. The arrangement mixes parts, sometimes just in small quotes, of 17 of Duke’s well-known works.

Following the Larry Farrow set will be a medley of songs from the long-running hit musical “Les Miserables.” First performed in Paris in 1980, “Les Mis” moved to Broadway in March of 1987. With the release last year of the new film version of the musical the show is once again very much in the news. The Chorale’s medley, arranged by Ed Lojeski, incorporates seven songs from the production.
GO FOR BROKE was written in 1989 by Peter Schickele (a.k.a. P.D.Q. Bach). In his notes for the piece, Schickele writes: “Around the turn of the 17th century a small group of Italian noblemen and composers invented opera. A somewhat earlier and simpler form of musical storytelling was the madrigal opera. These works, which were not necessarily staged, consisted of a series of madrigals that told a comic story; unlike opera as we have come to know it, however, this was basically a choral form. GO FOR BROKE is patterned on this model. It consists of six madrigals that tell the story of a man who finds out that good luck is not enough.”

Having just observed Memorial Day, and with Flag Day and Fourth of July observances coming soon, the Chorale will end with a musical salute to our Armed Forces.

The public is cordially invited to join with the Chorale in an evening of music. A free-will donation will be accepted.