Chamber Singers plan concerts
The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa will perform its spring concerts, “Sing into Spring,” on two dates and in two venues this year: 8 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church and 8 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary Roman Catholic Church.
The program features songs with springtime themes of love and praise, composed in different musical styles from the 1500s to contemporary times. The many cultures and languages represented include Wales, Spain, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Russia, Kenya, Canada and the United States.
American composers Aaron Copland, Bobby McFerrin and Billy Joel will be on the program alongside European masters Haydn and Mendelssohn. The Renaissance will be represented by Josquin des Prez, Clement Janequin and Juan Anchieta. A Celtic dance tune from Wales and a Kenyan song of praise will exemplify the vibrant rhythms of world music. Song texts include poems, psalms and original writings celebrating renewal in nature and hearts.
Tim Britton, master of the Uillean pipes, is a featured soloist, presenting the transporting melodies of Celtic Irish music. Accompanist Lise Marcell will enhance the concert with her piano playing, and the musicianship of Karen Aoki and Michael Fitzgerald also will be included.
“The songs this year present love in its many different forms, as well as praise expressed in different cultural traditions,” said director Elaine Reding. “By exploring the richness of these themes and expressions across time and around the world, these songs deepen our appreciation of universal human feelings of love for the Divine and for one another.”
From gentle and tender to bold and joyous, the program will traverse the path of human emotion, as the ever blossoming richness of spring dawns in lives through song.
The concerts are open to the community. A free-will donation at the concerts will be appreciated.