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Chamber Singers present concert for Mother’s Day

May 07, 2018
PHOTO SUBMITTED The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa will present their spring concert, “Between Earth and Sky: Songs of Love and Nature,” over Mother’s Day weekend: at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church.

The Chamber Singers of Southeast Iowa will present their spring concert, “Between Earth and Sky: Songs of Love and Nature,” over Mother’s Day weekend: at 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church.

This choral program is perfectly suited for Mother’s Day, featuring songs of love -- love of the divine, of nature, and of each other. Interwoven throughout the concert are elemental themes of earth, air, fire, water, and space that give voice to the beauty of Mother Nature. The program also ranges across many musical genres, including vocal jazz, movie themes, folk songs, madrigals, spirituals, classic hymns, and contemporary compositions.

The choral settings are based on inspiring texts and poems, evoking emotions of reverence, celebration, passion, joy, and delight. This wide range of music and musical experiences will ensure a rich and fulfilling evening with something for everyone.

Guest trio Lise Marcell on piano, Donna Nelson on cello, and Karen Aoki on flute will play two instrumental pieces and will accompany some of the choral selections, as will Michael Fitzgerald on percussion.

“We are so delighted to be presenting this wonderful concert of choral gems to our beloved Southeast Iowa community this spring,” said Elaine Reding, music director of the Chamber Singers. “Our Mother’s Day program reflects the universal love and nourishment that mothers first awaken in us—love that expands outward throughout our lives to embrace the whole of nature. Each choral piece is a lovely example of its time and genre, and the rich diversity and unity of these songs will take everyone on a musical journey through love’s many expressions. We look forward to seeing you there.”

A free-will offering collected at the door will be appreciated. For more information, call 472-1539.

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