“Anything Goes” Concert

Posted by OCVA / May 17, 2015

Traditional folk songs, spirituals, and compositions by Copland, Whitacre, and Ives all come together in “Anything Goes — American Composers” presented by the Central Coast Chorale. The concert will be presented in three different venues on three separate dates. The Community Presbyterian Church in Waldport will host the first concert on Friday, May 15th at 7:00 in the evening. The second concert will be at 4:00 on Saturday, May 16th at the Congregational Church of Lincoln City. The third and final performance will be presented at the First Presbyterian Church of Newport on Sunday, May 17th at 4:00 in the afternoon. All three concerts have a suggested $10 donation for admission.

The concert will open with an energetic spiritual, “Hallelujah” followed by the American folk song “Shenandoah.” The lush layering of voices in James Erb’s arrangement evoke the river waters and is a favorite of chorale members. 

Three short pieces from Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs” will have a familiar sound to audience members. Originally scored for solo voice and piano, the chorale will perform arrangements by Brunner.

Contemporary composer Eric Whitacre will be represented in three very difference pieces. “A Boy And A Girl” is a sparse arrangement that showcases the tone clusters so typical of Whitacre’s work and gives it a shimmering-quality. Some silly Ogden Nash poetry is put to song in “Animal Crackers.” The third piece, “Seal Lullaby,” has a peaceful, rolling sound and will be performed by Women of Note.

Charles Ives’ “Circus Band” and other pieces performed by both the choir and Women of Note will complete the 90-minute performance. The concert will conclude with a driving, explosive rendition of “Elijah Rocks” as arranged by Moses Hogan.

The Central Coast Chorale has been directed by Dr. Scoville since its inception in 1997 and is dedicated to providing the community with quality music that entertains and educates. For more information, contact Scoville at 541-563-6830.

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