Choral music and its power to unite will be featured in the Hudson Community Choruses annual spring concert, "Unity in Harmony," April 28 at 3 p.m. at First Congregational Church, Hudson. Adult tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Student tickets are $6. Tickets are available at hudsonsings.org. This is a new time and date for the spring event.
Highlighting composers from throughout the world, this concert features a wide variety of music including Ola Gjeilo’s Luminous Night of the Soul, John Lennon’s Imagine and Jai Ho, from the film Slumdog Dog Millionaire, among others.
"While the tempos, languages and voices change, one theme runs throughout the concert — music is universal and brings different worlds together into one human family," according to Hudson Community Chorus Director Nathanial Duvuvuei.
The longest serving director of HCC, this spring he leads a group of 50 singers, string quartet, percussionist and pianist. Assistant Music Director Eve Sliwinski directs both the Children’s and Youth Choruses with more than 30 voices.
The adult chorus begins the concert with the rousing Sing A Mighty Song, by Daniel Gawthrop. A call to singers "to lift up your voices like a wave on the sea," it was written in 1993 as a commission from the American Choral Directors Association. The mood quiets for Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria. Set to the sacred Marian text, this arrangement is one of the less performed versions of this classic.
This piece includes multiple soloists and two choirs.
Contemporary composer Gjeilo’s Luminous Night of the Soul brings together strings, piano and chorus as equal partners. Written in 2012, the lyrics are based on a poem by Charles Anthony Silverstri and text from St. John of the Cross (1542-1591). Lush and soaring at the same time, the piece evokes a cinematic mood. Pianist and HCC accompanist Amy Tan, violinists Marlene Moses and Marian Gross, violist Jamie Vaughan and cellist Chauncey Aceret provide the instrumental voice to this piece.
Wau Bulan comes from Malaysia and is performed with traditional dance and hand motions by the Youth Chorus and percussionist Thomas Lewis. The Hudson Children’s Chorus will take the stage performing Kokoleolo, a liberian folk song imitating the sounds of the morning. See if you can hear the rooster crowing. The children then make a visit to Jamaica’s Linstead Market as envisioned by arranger Douglas Beam.
Audience members are invited to join the choruses at a reception following the concert in Fellowship Hall. Hudson Community Choruses celebrates its 31st season as one of the area’s premiere vocal ensembles. A non-audition chorus, HCC members come from Hudson and 14 area communities. New singers are welcomed in late August and January of each year and prepare for both holiday and spring concerts as well as other community programs.
A non-profit, HCC receives support through ticket sales, membership fees, individual donors and through a sustaining grant from Peg’s Foundation and grants from Hudson Kiwanis and the Hudson Community Foundation. For more information, to become a member or to make a supporting gift, go to www.hudsonsings.org.