Plymouth, N.H.–The Plymouth State University choirs will present An Open World, their final concert of the semester, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16. Professor of Music Dan Perkins directs the choirs.
This semester choir members have explored themes of self-discovery, tolerance and individual responsibility in a global society through music about travel, flight and destiny. Using current political and social events as their subtext, the singers have worked to bring alive the music of Johannes Brahms (“Song of Destiny”) and Norman Dello Joio (“Song of the Open Road” with poetry by Walt Whitman).
The concert will also feature music by contemporary composers including Eric Whitacre (“Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine”) and PSU Professor Jonathan Santore, whose “Song of the Road” is a companion piece to the Dello Joio song.
Plymouth State alumna Jennifer Cooper ’08 has also arranged a choral version of the 1970’s anti-war anthem “For What It’s Worth” for the concert. Perkins says, “This song, which became a symbol of the tragedy at Kent State University, holds new relevance for today’s students who are protesting throughout the world.”
Tickets, for An Open World are $13-11 for adults, $12-10 for seniors and $11-9 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or (800) 779-3869.
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