Wednesday, February 11, 2009

A Choral Celebration of Black History Month

The Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers and The Vernon Chorale, both conducted by Ehren Brown, and The Alfred E. White Chorale, conducted by Ingrid Faniel, will present “A Choral Celebration of Black History Month” at the First Congregational Church of Vernon on February 15, 2009 at 4:00 p.m. The concert, which will be accompanied by pianist Kathleen Bartkowski, is scheduled to feature an original work by African American composer Peter Bagley, Professor Emeritus of Music Special Assistant to the Dean of the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut. I believe we’ll hear the regional premiere of Dr. Bagley’s arrangement of Didn’t It Rain.
Each choir will sing one set of pieces, then combine — 75 voices strong! — for a finale. Among the works selected for the concert are:
“The 23rd Psalm (dedicated to my mother) -- Bobby McFerrin
“My Soul’s Been Anchored in the Lord” -- Moses Hogan
“I’m Gonna Sing ‘til the Spirit Moves in my Heart” – Moses Hogan
“The Lily of the Valley” – Wendell Whalum
“My Lord What a Morning”” – Harry T. Burleigh
“Praise His Holy Name” – Keith Hampton
“I Need You to Survive” – David Frazier

The newly-established Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers (of which I am a charter member) had its debut in on the “Harvest Song” concert given by The Hartford Chorale in November, 2008. At left is a photo taken on that occasion in the stunning sanctuary of Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford.
Here are the details on the Chamber Singers' upcoming concert:
A Choral Celebration of Black History Month
Presented by The Vernon Chorale, The Hartford Chorale
Chamber Singers, and The Alfred E. White Chorale
Conducted by Ehren Brown and Ingrid Faniel
Sunday, February 15, 2009 - 4:00 pm
The First Congregational Church of Vernon
695 Hartford Turnpike, Vernon, CT
This concert is part of the Music @ First concert series offered by the First Congregational Church of Vernon.

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