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