QA Cho­rale spring con­cert Satur­day

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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.

PHOTO BY AN­GELA PRICE

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.

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