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Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus Presents Spring Concert

Mon Apr 22 2013

HICKORY, N.C. — The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus will present its spring concert on Sunday, April 28th, 4:00 pm at First Baptist Church in Hickory.  This concert will mark the 17th spring concert of the group, founded in 1997 by Florence Jowers as part of the Sacred Music Program of Lenoir-Rhyne University.  Over 1,000 area youth have sung in this choir, which presently has about 100 members in three ensembles.  The concert is free and open to the public.

The week prior to the spring concert, the Meistersingers of the L-R Youth Chorus will tour in North Carolina and Virginia from April 19th – 22nd.  They will sing at First Baptist Church, Henderson, NC; historic Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, VA; First Lutheran Church in Norfolk, VA; and at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portsmouth, VA during their weekend tour. 

Their repertoire includes pieces by Brahms, Haydn, and Holst, as well as spirituals, folksongs, and pieces by John Rutter, Herbert Sumsion, Dan Forrest and others.  They will include a piece in memory of the children who were killed in the Newtown, CT tragic shooting last December.

Their spring program also includes the Howard Goodall setting of Psalm 23, which was used as the them song in the British television comedy “The Vicar of Dibley”.  They will be premiering “A World We Cannot See”, a piece they and forty other choirs have commissioned from Jim Papoulis, proceeds from which will go to support Chorus America.  Also to be performed are two pieces by David Brunner that the choir learned and performed in Denver last summer for the “Sing a Mile High Festival”.  Two pieces from this festival will be performed with “choralography”, a concept developed by Yvonne Farrow, an actress/choreographer from Los Angeles who worked with the choirs in Denver.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus is in its 17th year, founded and directed by L-R professor of music Florence Jowers.  The Meistersingers is the advanced touring  choir, made up primarily of middle and high school treble voices.  The accompanist is Freda Herrell.  The choir has participated in a festival in Canterbury, England, and was invited to sing the Evensong at Canterbury Cathedral and at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor.  On that tour, the choir also performed to a standing ovation at the Church of the Madeline in Paris.

This spring tour marks the third tour in Virginia for the Lenoir-Rhyne Youth Chorus, and the second time they will have sung in Bruton Parish.  Other tours have been to Florida, North and South Carolina, the Bahamas, and New York City.

For more information about auditioning for the choir, please contact the director, Florence Jowers, at 828.328.7195.

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