QA Chorale spring concert Saturday
WYE MILLS — The Queen Anne’s Chorale is preparing for its annual spring gala entitled “Old American Songs” to be held at the Todd Performing Arts Center at Chesapeake College on Saturday, April 23 at 7 p.m.
The concert will include songs, ballads, hymns, and patriotic music of the 19th Century. Artistic Director Robert Huntington is well known for creative, themed concerts, and this spring gala is no exception Cyndi Bidinotto-Slate is the chorale’s accompanist.
Lyric-Dramatic baritone Thomas Beard will be the guest soloist, joining with the chorale for the performance. Beard has performed with the Queen Anne’s Chorale before, notably in a performance of “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms. He is well-known nationally and internationally for his roles in operas and performances with symphony orchestras and chorales.
Repertoire for this concert will feature Aaron Copland’s famous cycle of 10 “Old American Songs.” Also included are Steven Foster’s “Gentle Annie,” “At the River,” “Zion’s Walls” and “I Bought Me a Cat,” all adapted by Aaron Copland, “How Can I Keep From Singing,” “Camptown Races,” “The Yellow Rose of Texas” arranged by Robert Shaw, “The Boatman’s Dance” and a finale with the very beloved “Battle Hymn of the Republic” arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky, among others. Solos, a Select Ensemble, and an audience sing-along to choruses of “The Sidewalks of New York” and “In The Good Old Summertime” will round out the program.
Tickets are $15 for adults; children through high school are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door or from a Chorale member. The venue is handicapped accessible. For information call 240-650-5540 or visit www.qachorale.org
The Queen Anne’s Chorale is funded in part by the United Way of Queen Anne’s County, the Queen Anne’s Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.
Queen Anne’s Chorale Artistic Director Robert Huntington directs the audience in a sing-along with the Chorale during the 2015 “Glory of Love” concert at Chesapeake College.