CHORALE TO SING

Serve Daily - - FRONT PAGE - By Ginny Ackerson

The Springville Arts Com­mis­sion will present the Maple­ton Chorale in con­cert on Sun­day, April 19, at 4:30 p.m. as part of the com­mis­sion’s Sun­day Con­cert Se­ries. The free con­cert will be held in the Springville Mu­seum of Art, 126 E. 400 South, Springville.

The Maple­ton Chorale was founded in 1994 by a small group of Maple­ton res­i­dents with a love for choral mu­sic and a de­sire to re­hearse and per­form a broader reper­toire than gen­er­ally found in a tra­di­tional church set­ting. This ded­i­cated com­mu­nity choir seeks mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence in ev­ery piece and en­joys singing a va­ri­ety of mu­sic in­clud­ing clas­si­cal, spir­i­tu­als, folk songs, sa­cred hymns and popular tunes.

The Maple­ton Chorale cul­ti­vated its unique style and rep­u­ta­tion for au­di­ence-pleas­ing mu­si­cal se­lec­tions orig­i­nally un­der the skilled di­rec­tion of Ryan Mur­phy, fol­lowed by An­drew Crane. Con­duc­tor Cory Men­den­hall con­tin­ued the tra­di­tion of mu­si­cal ex­cel­lence for nine years, build­ing the choir to 130 mem­bers strong and lead­ing the chorale to per­for­mances in New York City’s Lin­coln Cen­ter and the Taber­na­cle on Tem­ple Square.

The Maple­ton Chorale con­tin­ues its 2014-2015 sea­son un­der the ba­ton of Christo­pher Dow­nard, a grad­u­ate stu­dent in choral con­duct­ing at Brigham Young Uni­ver­sity.

Also as part of the Sun­day Con­cert Se­ries, Celtic band An­nie’s Ro­mance will be fea­tured in con­cert on Sun­day, May 17, at 4:30 p.m. An­nie’s Ro­mance is a four-mem­ber band that per­forms through­out the Wasatch Front area, play­ing tra­di­tional Celtic mu­sic that fea­tures gui­tar, bag­pipes, fid­dle, flute, penny whis­tle, man­dolin, banjo and vo­cals.

Robert Macdon­ald, the founder of An­nie’s Ro­mance, plays bag­pipes, whis­tles, banjo and gui­tar and is cur­rently pick­ing up the Ir­ish flute. He’s played tra­di­tional Ir­ish and Scot­tish mu­sic for a decade and earned a mas­ter’s de­gree in folk­lore fo­cus­ing on Cape Bre­ton fid­dling and tune com­pos­ing.

Liz Macdon­ald plays fid­dle and stud­ied at Berklee Col­lege of Mu­sic in Bos­ton. She taught orches­tra for the Alpine School Dis­trict and is the prin­ci­ple first vi­o­lin­ist in the Tim­pano­gos Fes­ti­val Orches­tra.

Marvin Payne, who plays gui­tar and oc­ca­sional man­dolin, has been play­ing for over half a cen­tury, with 16 al­bums of orig­i­nal songs and a whole lot of writ­ing for other widely pub­lished projects to show for it. But An­nie’s Ro­mance is his first im­mer­sion into play­ing Celtic, and he loves it.

Michelle Adams has played flute since she was 8 years old. When she was in high school, she played in a “flute choir” at Utah Val­ley Uni­ver­sity. Study­ing nurs­ing in col­lege left her lit­tle time for mu­sic, but dis­cov­er­ing Celtic mu­sic has brought her back. She played with the Fly­ing Nan­cies be­fore be­ing re­cruited into An­nie’s Ro­mance.

Photo cour­tesy Maple­ton Chorale web­site

The Maple­ton Chorale will per­form a con­cert on Sun­day, April 19, at the Springville Mu­seum of Art.

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