Duke University Chorale Performs Sunday
Sunday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m., the Duke University Chorale will once again appear at The Village Chapel in Pinehurst.
This wonderful young group of 62 singers will be conducted by Dr. Rodney Wynkoop and accompanied by Glenn Mehrbach.
There will be a $5 donation per person received at the front door of the Chapel.
The Duke Chorale has been appearing at the Chapel for more than 30 years.
Their program will open with two late Renaissance pieces: Sweelinck's "O Sing to the Lord" (Cantate Domino) and "The Sweet Thought of Jesus" (Jesu Dulcis Memoria) by Victoria. A quick transition to the late Romantic era features Rachmaninoff's chorus "Rejoice, O Virgin Mary" from his All Night Vigil.
Next are some beautiful melodies by contemporary composers : Frank Tichelli's "There Will Be Rest"; Rupert Lang's "O Lamb of God"; Kirke Mechem's "By the Rivers of Babylon" from the Peace Motets; and a lively spiritual arranged by Jeffrey Ames entitled "I've Been In the Storm So Long."
Before the intermission, the Chorale will sing Moses Hogan's enchanting "Hear My Prayer When I Rise," and the memorable spiritual "Hold On" (Keep yo' hand on de plow) arranged by Jester Hairston.
After a 12-minute intermission, the students will return to feature the Chamber Choir in a very old piece by Josquin Des Prez, "Absalom, My Son" based on II Samuel:18. The Chamber Choir will also sing a contemporary setting of "The Devil Steals the Heart With Honors," by Orban.
The conductor has chosen three songs of love for the next part of the program. Eric Whitacre described "A Boy and a Girl" stretched out on the grass. A former student of the Chorale, Sidney Marquez Boquiren composed a number called "First Love Story." And the last piece in this section was arranged by Joshua Jacobson and is titled "Simona Midimona."
Three exciting folk melodies are sure to delight the ear. Kodaly's "See the Gipsy," will feature the women of the chorale; "Down by the Salley Gardens" arranged by Daniel Rash will feature the men of the chorale; and the entire chorale will sing the ever familiar Scottish melody "Loch Lomond" arranged by Jonathan Quick.
This year's program comes to an end with a piece by Charles Wood called "Never Weather-Beaten Sail" with the poetry by Thomas Campion. The last piece is an African song called "O Sinfuni Mungu" arranged by David Maddux.
After an encore or two, the Duke Chorale will depart The Village Chapel and will go for a dinner at the Penick Village in Southern Pines.
Following a time of food and fellowship, the students will sing for the residents of Penick.
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