Plymouth, N.H.—Plymouth State University choirs and the Manchester Choral Society and Orchestra will present a holiday concert, Grant Us Peace! at 3 p.m. Sunday, December 5 in the Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts.
Concert conductor Professor Dan Perkins says, “As we enter a holiday season that proclaims peace, love and joy, this concert reminds us of the many places in the world, including the United States at times, where those three states are hard to find. In the spirit of the season we are singing passionately for peace.”
The program will feature Dona nobis pacem, by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Perkins says, “The Walt Whitman Civil War poetry used in this work is timeless,and certainly relevant today.”
Soloists for the piece are PSU students Brady Lynch, a senior theatre arts major from Amherst singing soprano; Danny Brevik a senior music major from Plymouth singing baritone and Rory Diamond, a junior music major from South Hadley, Mass., also singing baritone.
Students have prepared throughout the semester by reading additional poetry by Whitman, discussing current events and finding contemporary relevance in Whitman’s poems.
Student choral fellowship recipient Krystal Morin, a senior music education major from Atkinson, will conduct the choirs, orchestra and audience on “The First Nowell,” a traditional English Christmas carol. Morin is also the assistant music director intern for the Manchester Choral Society, a 75-voice auditioned community chorus which Perkins says has become a magnet for serious singers.
The PSU Chamber Singers will also be featured on the concert, singing four Christmas motets by Francis Poulenc, and Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, by Eric Whitacre.
Tickets for “Grant Us Peace!” are $12-14 for adults, $11-13 for seniors and $9-11 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS (2787) or (800) 779-3689. Tickets are also available online at silver.plymouth.edu.The box office is closed November 24-28.
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