For many, springtime after winter’s cold, hibernation, rings music to the ears. Come out and celebrate the music of spring with the Gettysburg Choir, this Saturday, at Christ Chapel on the Gettysburg College Campus.
Every spring, the choir goes on tour. This year’s special theme entailed helping out communities that experienced recent tragedies. This included using music to support and assist people and places affected by Hurricane Sandy and the Newtown Connecticut shootings. This was done by raising money with concert performances along their spring tour route through eastern Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. Proceeds raised exceed $4,000.
In addition to raising money through music, Gettysburg Choir members also performed hands-on work. While on the Jersey shore, Students took on a project to help in rebuilding damages in the community caused by Sandy.
Now the Choir returns home to Gettysburg and will conclude their spring tour with a special concert on March 23, at 8 p.m. Saturday’s concert will include a Capella of sacred and secular music, ranging from various time frames including modern pieces, Renaissance selections and culturally influenced sounds from Haiti, India and Ireland. Modern pieces to be performed include selections by Gjeilo, Whitacre and Stroope. Renaissance fare will include selections from Wilbye and Palestrina. Additionally, members will perform A Procession Winding Around Me, by Jeffrey Van, for the choir and classical guitar, on poetry of Walt Whitman.
Saturday’s performance will take place at 8 p.m. at Gettysburg College at 300 N. Washington Street. Admission rates are $5 for adults and free for children under 18. Admission is also free for those who present a Gettysburg College I.D. at the door. Tickets will be offered at the door by cash or check only. For more information, visit www.gettysburg.edu/sunderman_conservatory.