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Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus and A Cappella Choir Present Palm Sunday Evening Service

Fri Mar 8 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — Anyone who attended the Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 at First Baptist, Hickory, knows that when the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus and the Lenoir-Rhyne University A Cappella Choir collaborate, it is a special event.  So it will be on Palm Sunday evening, March 24, at 7:00 pm, at Corinth Reformed Church, Hickory, when the two choirs lead the greater Hickory community in a choral evening prayer service for Holy Week.  A special feature of this service will be an anthem performed in memory of the children of Newton, Connecticut.

The prelude to the service will include the historic Palm Sunday Gregorian antiphon, “Hosanna to the Son of David,” “Ride On, King Jesus” by Moses Hogan, and Charles Gounod’s famous setting of the “Sanctus” from his St. Cecilia Mass.  Senior Leslie Overcash will be tenor soloist.  The Youth Chorus will sing responses composed by Bruce Neswick throughout the service and settings of the “Magnificat” and “Nunc dimittis” by English composer, Herbert Sumsion.  Two psalms will be presented in musical fashion:  the A Cappella Choir will sing “Psalm 43” by Felix Mendelssohn, and the Youth Chorus will contribute the popular, “The Lord Is My Shepherd” by Howard Goodall, which served as the theme music to the British television show, “The Vicar of Dibley.”  The A Cappella Choir will provide anthems after each of the scripture readings: “Tenebrae factae sunt” by Johann Michael Haydn, and “Let the Same Mind” by the choir’s director, Paul Weber.  Accompanists for the choirs are Jeana Neal Borman and Freda Herrell.  Organist for this service will be Timothy Warren.

A musical highlight of the evening will be the piece performed in memory of the children of Newton, CT.  Both choirs will join forces to present “Pie Jesu” from Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Requiem.” Following this commemoration the choirs will sing Ralph Vaughan Williams’ powerful hymn setting, “At the Name of Jesus,” with those assembled invited to join.  A hymn of the cross, “The Hill of Crosses,” with text and music composed by Dr. Weber, will also be included in this service which promises to be a moving spiritual experience and a fitting start to the holiest week of the Christian year.

The choirs are presenting this program in the midst of a season of touring.  The A Cappella Choir recently returned from a North Carolina tour in which performances were given at Duke University, Fayetteville, New Bern, Cary, and Asheboro.  Next on its schedule will be a performance of Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” at the Hickory Arts Center on Saturday, April 13, 7:30 pm.  Tickets for this special performance are available at the Mauney Music Building on campus and by calling 328-7147.  Tickets will also be available at the door.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus will present its spring concert at First Baptist Church on Sunday, April 28, at 4:00 pm, after taking a tour to Williamsburg and the Tidewater area the previous weekend.  On the tour they will present concerts at First Baptist Church, Henderson, NC, and in the historic Bruton Parish of Williamsburg, and will lead Evensong at Trinity Episcopal Church, Portsmouth, VA, as well as participate in Sunday worship at First Lutheran Church, Norfolk.  For information on the Youth Chorus, please call 328-7195.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus (LRYC) is a part of the Sacred Music Program of Lenoir-Rhyne University, which is sponsoring Choral Evening Prayer for PalmSunday as part of its outreach to the greater Hickory Community.  For more information on this service, please call 328-7149.

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