Semi-annual Hudson Community Chorus concert set for April 27

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Hudson Community Chorus will sing the praises of spring at its semi-annual concert on April 27 at 4 p.m. The concert venue has moved to the Hudson Middle School Auditorium.

Advanced tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at Acme, Epiphany and the Learned Owl or from any chorus member. Tickets will be available at the door from $12 for adults and $5 for students.

The full chorus, now in its 26th season, will be featured in two pieces from Edward Elgar, "As Torrents in Summer and The Shower" along with Aaron Copland's arrangement of "At The River" as well as Mark Hayes' rendition of the traditional spiritual "I've Been In The Storm," Stanford Scriven's "Christ the Apple Tree" and Randall Thompson's powerful "Last Words of David."

Audience members will feel the power of a spring thunderstorm in the performance of "Cloudburst," a contemporary piece penned by Eric Whitacre based on a poem by Octavio Paz. The piece begins with the quiet swirl of wind, a few vocal drops of rain and grows into a full blown musical storm complete with thunder and ends like a real storm with a few soft drops of rain. Born in 1970, composer Whitacre is a composer, conductor and educator. His choral and instrumental works have been performed throughout the United States, Canada and Japan.

The smaller HCC Chamber Choir will be featured throughout the concert in pieces that highlight the ebb and flow of the season and of life. "Set Me as a Seal" based on the biblical passage has been arranged by Rene' Clausen, another contemporary composer. Philip WJ Stopford designed a different musical setting to the traditional Latin text of the Ave Verum. A second Whitacre piece, "A Boy and A Girl," and the traditional "Loch Lomond," arranged by Jonathan Quick will complete the Chamber's portion of the program.

HCC is directed by Nathaniel Duvuvuei and assisted by Jennifer Korecki. Duvuvuei is the director of choral music at Miller-South School for the Arts in Akron. Korecki is an assistant professor of music at Kent State University.

In addition to its holiday and spring season concerts, the chorus will again offer a summer program for those returning from college, church choir members and those who may not have time to sing during the school year as well as those just want to keep their voices active over the summer months. Summer rehearsals will begin in early June on Tuesday evenings. More information about HCC and its summer programs is available at www.hudsoncommunitychorus.org.

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