All New England Chorale Festival at PSU November 4

October 27th, 2010 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H.—Some 200 high school students from 60 New England schools will spend November 4 at Plymouth State University, participating in the 33rd annual All New England Chorale Festival, directed by PSU Professor Dan Perkins, who is conductor and artistic director of the festival.

In his 20th year as Director of Choral Activities at Plymouth State, Perkins says he built this year’s festival around the role musicians have in creating and maintaining the earth as a place of peace, harmony and beauty—a theme which holds significance for him and that he believes is relevant to current events.

A 7 p.m. concert culminates weeks of advance preparation and a full day of rehearsals for the students, and workshops for their teachers.

Hillsboro-Deering High School’s Red, White and A cappella choir, directed by Heidi Welch is this year’s featured guest choir and have the honor of performing first on the program. The full Festival Chorus performs after the intermission.

The PSU choirs will sings excerpts from Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona nobis pacem (Grant us peace), based on the Civil War poetry of Walt Whitman. They will also perform Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, by Eric Whitacre. Charlie Blood is the collaborative pianist for the groups.

The 200-voice Festival Chorus, joined by the PSU Chamber Singers, Native America drummers, flute and percussion, will sing works honoring the earth by Daniel Pinkham, Frank Ticheli, Moses Hogan, Z. Randall Stroope and Nick Page.

Advance tickets are $11-9 for adults, $10-8 for seniors at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3869. A limited number of post-intermission tickets are available for $7, space available. The concert usually sells out.

For information about the All New England Chorale Festival contact Professor Perkins at

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