PSU Choirs present The Sky Speaks
Songs Celebrate Global Diversity
Plymouth, N.H. –The Plymouth State University choirs will present The Sky Speaks, their final concert of the semester, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 14 in Hanaway Theatre at the Silver Center for the Arts. Professor of Music Dan Perkins directs the choirs.
The program celebrates the diversity of music from around the globe through settings of poetry by Walt Whitman, Pablo Neruda, William Blake and William Butler Yeats.
Perkins explains that this semester the students have explored music from multiple stylistic periods and countries. “I want them to understand that the world can be united by song,” he says.
An eclectic mix of composers—from Haydn and Bach to contemporary composers including Eric Whitacre, Imant Raminsh, Eric Barnum, Kirke Mechem and John Tavener—wrote the music. Choir members will sing in Spanish, Finnish, German and Latin as well as in English.
The University Chorale is a 75-voice ensemble open to all PSU students. The ensemble performs works from all periods and styles, often in collaboration with other New Hampshire choirs and orchestras. The PSU Chamber Singers is an ensemble of approximately 20 voices open to all PSU students by audition. The Chamber Singers perform music of all periods and styles in concerts both on and off campus.
The program will feature pianist Robert St. Cyr ’06, who was just selected as the new conductor for the regional Pemigewasset Choral Society. St. Cyr recently completed his Master of Music degree at Louisiana State University.
Guest soloist Holgen Gjoni is assistant principal cellist of the Grammy-nominated Boston Modern Orchestra Project. He has been gaining a reputation for his “…technique, beauty of sound and emotional projection”, and his “tempestuous musical sensibility, marked by an ineffable luminosity of expression.” The legendary Yo-Yo Ma has called him “a cellist of great talent.”
Tickets for The Sky Speaks 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.