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Community Chorus to present spring concert

May 17, 2012
The Alpena News

Thunder Bay Arts Council's Community Chorus will present "The Water is Wide" at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Alpena High School. The doors of the Stanley C. Beck Auditorium will open at 7 p.m.

The concert is dedicated to two chorus members who passed away this year, soprano Susan Yachik and alto Beverly Masters.

Chorus Director Jim Hart has chosen choral numbers whose texts relate to the many bodies of water: oceans, rivers, lakes and harbors. Some songs express how people lived and worked on these waters.

Two choral numbers which will be familiar to many people are "Deep River" and "Shall We Gather at the River." The women of the chorus follow in a more romantic style of music with the composition, "The River Sleeps Beneath the Sky."

The men of the chorus will provide more boisterous music in "Blow the Man Down" and "Codfish Shanty." The mood of their singing will change dramatically to present "The Pasture," with text by Robert Frost and music by Randall Thompson.

Two chorus members often heard as soloists, soprano Marlo Broad and tenor David Usher, will join in the duet "Canadian Boat Song." The entire chorus concludes the first half of the concert with the story of "The Sailor and Young Nancy."

To open the second portion of the concert, tenor Mike Furtaw leads the men's chorus in "The Boatman's Song," which refers to plying the Ohio River. David Usher will sing a Stephen Foster selection, "The Glendy Burk," about a paddle wheeler traveling the Mississippi River to New Orleans.

The women of the chorus finally present the concert's title song, "The Water Is Wide," an old English folk tune. The last solo number is a sea chantey arranged by Daugherty, Mobile Bay, which will be sung by tenor Mike MacKay.

The chorus will conclude the concert with familiar numbers, "Singin' in the Rain" and excerpts from the musical "Carousel."

Mary Louise Hart is accompanist for the chorus and soloists, and Carol Shafto will serve as narrator for the evening. There is no sale of tickets for this concert, but donations made at the door will be appreciated and used by Thunder Bay Arts Council to support the chorus.



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