Choral Festival Celebrates at PSC

November 2nd, 2000 by Adam

Betsy Cheney

October 25, 2000

PLYMOUTH, N.H. — The 23rd Annual All-New England Choral Festival will culminate in a 300-voice choir performance at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2 at Plymouth State College. Students from 45 New England high schools will spend the day at Plymouth State in rehearsals and workshops. Master classes will be held in voice by Kathleen Arecchi, associate professor of music at PSC, and in choral music reading by Scott Lounsbury, director of choral activities at Belmont High School.

The evening spotlight will be shared by the high school students and the Plymouth State College Chamber Singers and the College Chorale, conducted by associate professor of music Dan Perkins. The combined choirs will perform music by Bach (recognizing the 250th anniversary of his death) and Aaron Copland (in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth). The concert finale will be the “Dona nobis pacem” from Bach’s Mass in B minor, with the combined festival and college choirs.

PSC student soloists are soprano Maida Velez, from Nashua, mezzo soprano Jessica Ainsworth from Meredith, tenor Kyle Masterson from Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and baritone Josh Baird from Warner.

Tickets for the performance are $6 general admission. Call the Silver Cultural Arts Center box office at 603-535-ARTS or 1-800-779-3869 for tickets and information. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday (10 a.m .- 6 p.m. on Thursday). If special accommodations are needed for persons with disabilities, please call in advance.