Spring Choral Concerts Orchestrated to ‘Lift, Renew’ Spirits

The Sierra Master Chorale and Orchestra present their annual spring concerts May 21 and 23. The program will feature uplifting works of great composers who set the words of legendary poets to music, plus four spirituals that will “raise the roof,” as conductor Ken Hardin notes.

“The music is programmed around the theme of Americana and democracy – music set to words of great American poets Robert Frost and Walt Whitman, and spirituals that honor our African-American heritage,” said Hardin, who is also the artistic director for InConcert Sierra.

The program includes, “Toward the Unknown Region,” by Ralph Vaughan Williams (poetry of Walt Whitman); “Frostiana,” by Randall Thompson (poetry of Robert Frost); “Song of Democracy,” by Howard Hanson (poetry of Walt Whitman);  “Poor Man Lazarus,” by Jester Hairston; “Soon Ah Will Be Done” and “Ezekiel Saw de Wheel,” by William Dawson; and “Standin’ in the Need of Prayer,” by Moses Hogan.

“We’re singing my favorite choral music ever,” said chorister Keith Porter. “There is nothing like performing beautiful music before a full house of friends and neighbors. I sure hope you can join us!”

The Sierra Master Chorale is comprised of 75 Nevada County residents. All were auditioned for the high-caliber community choir. There will also be 32 local and regional professional musicians in the orchestra.

The Spring Concerts will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 21 and again at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Grass Valley, 12889 Osborne Hill Road. Tickets are $34 for general admission, $17 for youth. They are available by phone at 530-273-3990, online at www.inconcertsierra.org (ticketing fees will apply) and in person at BriarPatch Co—op or at the door the day of the concert.

“For those of you who enjoy choral music, the Sierra Master Chorale will lift you up and send you out renewed,” said Joan Goddard, chorale member.

For more information, please visit www.inconcertsierra.org or call 530-273-3990.