McPherson College Choirs Present All-American Choral Music With Orchestra

By McPherson College
April 22, 2014

The McPherson College Choir will present an all-American set for its final concert of the 2013-2014 season at 7 p.m. on May 4 in the college’s Brown Auditorium.

Dr. Josh Norris, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, said the theme of the program is “An American Tapestry,” and features two extended works with orchestra.

“It’s about the American experience from the perspective of all American composers,” Dr. Norris said.

The first selection is “Fern Hill” composed by John Corgliano (b. 1938) with text by Dylan Thomas (1914-1953). The story of the piece parallels that of many of the students who will be performing it.  

“It’s about growing up on a farm in the middle of the country,” Dr. Norris said. “It is truly a coming of age story.”

The work will be performed by the McPherson College Singers with accompaniment by a string quartet.

The final work is “Frostiana: Seven Country Songs” by Randall Thompson (1899-1984), who was a contemporary of American composer Aaron Copland. The work features Thompson’s settings of seven poems by Poet Laureate of the United States, Robert Frost (1874-1963), including such favorites as “The Road Not Taken” and “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”  This multi-movement work will be performed by the combined college choirs accompanied by a chamber orchestra.

All are invited and encouraged to attend this free event.