Fabulous Fables and Folktales April 24

April 20th, 2010 by Adam

Plymouth, N.H.—Fabulous renditions of multicultural folksongs and fables by Aesop will highlight the April 24 spring concert by the Plymouth State University Chamber Singers and Chorale.

Director Dan Perkins, Stevens-Bristow Professor of Music at PSU, says the program includes “a delightful collection of Aesop’s fables danced and sung by the PSU Chorale, plus folksongs from around the world.”

The program will feature a choreographed production of five Aesop’s fables: “The Hare and the Tortoise,” “The Mountain in Labour,” “The Fox and the Grapes,” “The North Wind and the Sun” and “The Goose and the Swan,” composed by Bob Chilcott and performed by the 65-member PSU Chorale.

Chilcott is a British choral composer, conductor and singer who was, coincidentally, born in Plymouth, England. His masterful musical setting brings each story to life, from the groaning mountain to the tortoise dozing at the end of the race, resulting in a characterful portrayal of these moral tales that is sure to appeal to audiences of all ages.

Perkins says the entire choir has been choreographed to heighten the drama of these clever and timeless stories. PSU Director of Dance Amanda Whitworth choreographed the production. Alumnus Andrew Morrissey ’09 is the pianist.

The Chamber Singers, a chamber ensemble of 26-30 voices, is open by audition to all PSU students who wish to perform sacred and secular music of all periods and styles in concerts both on and off campus. Chamber Singers tours annually, most recently to Italy.

University Chorale is also open to all PSU students by audition. The ensemble performs significant sacred and secular choral literature of the past five centuries, on- and off-campus, and tours annually with the Chamber Singers.

The 8 p.m. program will be performed in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts. Tickets for Fables and Folksongs are $10-8 for adults, $9-7 for seniors and $7-5 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-2643 or (800) 779-3869.

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