For Hub City Times
MARSHFIELD — For the spring concert series in its 45th season, the Central Chamber Chorale will perform some of the favorite songs of the singers and board members. The director, Greg Reierson, requested suggestions from previous concerts, and he chose from those titles for a varied program.
“The Peaceable Kingdom” by Randall Thompson is featured in the first half of the concert. This major a capella choral work shifts from the anguish of “Woe unto the Wicked” and “Howl ye” to joyful resolution with two double choir compositions “For ye shall go out with joy” and “Ye shall have a song.”
The second half of the concert begins with Schumann’s “Gypsy Life” with soloists Janet Alekna, soprano; Ann Stevning-Roe, alto; Mark T. Nelson, tenor; and Don Fox, bass. It will be followed by Samuel Barber’s “The Coolin,” set to an Irish love poem.
The Chorale will perform six other works exploring expressions of life, eternal love, and joy, including “Vast Eternal Sky” composed by Ola Gjeilo with beautiful piano accompaniment by Linda Feldt and “Pilgrim’s Hymn” by Grammy-winning composer Stephen Paulus.
The performances are 3 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at Christ Lutheran Church, 1208 W. 14th St., Marshfield; Friday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Wisconsin Rapids; and Saturday, March 12, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 321 N. Park Ave. in Medford.
The concerts are open to the public without charge and are sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board. For more information about the Central Chamber Chorale and its mission of keeping the joy of great choral music alive, visit centralchamberchorale.org.