Community Chorale to perform this weekend

The Community Chorale of the Catskills, directed by Richard Tucker, will present two performances this coming weekend. The Chorale’s annual Spring Concert will be presented Friday, June 8, at the Roxbury Central School. The performance will be repeated Saturday, June 9, at the Margaretville United Methodist Church. Both performances will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The program is an interesting mix of styles. The concert begins with John Leavitt’s Requiem. This composition is inspired by Johannes Brahms’ work A German Requiem and does not employ the traditional Latin texts derived from the Requiem Mass. The texts for Leavitt’s Requiem have been drawn from Psalms 23, 27 and 47 as well as the Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi, Robert Lowry’s hymn “How Can I Keep from Singing,” the ancient Easter Carol, the Latin antiphon “Dona nobis pacem,” and the Celtic text “Gaelic Blessing.”

A second major work on the program is a choral medley celebrating the work of composer/lyricist Stephen Schwartz. Arranged into five sections, the tribute includes selections from a number of shows including Godspell, Pocahontas and Wicked. Rounding out the program will be a short medley of well-known tunes by Irving Berlin and “Hurricane Blues”. The Irving Berlin medley celebrates the 100th Anniversary of his celebrated hit “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”. “Hurricane Blues” was written by local resident Victoria Quesada in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. The song stands as a tribute to the spirit of the people of our area who were so affected by the disaster and the incredible work and determination of all those who gave so tirelessly to serve and help during that time of need. The Chorale has participated in a recording of the piece which hopefully will be available soon online as a download with proceeds going to the MARK Project for flood relief.
These programs are made possible in part by public funds from the NYS Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered in Delaware County by the Roxbury Arts Group. The programs are also sponsored in part by the A.S.H.R.A.M. Center, Margaretville. A free-will donation will be accepted and the public is cordially invited to attend and spend an evening of music with the Chorale.