The Greenfield Community College Chorus will open its spring semester series on Friday, March 7 with a preview concert: ³Songs of Nature.² The performance will take place from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. at Great Falls Discovery Center in Turners Falls. The GCC Chorus will be under the direction of Margery Heins, with Marilyn Berthelette, accompanist, and with soloists drawn from the chorus.
This concert is a preview of a longer program to be given later in the semester. The chorus is working on sacred and secular choral music on the theme of nature; planned for the preview concert are madrigals, rounds, folk songs, and choruses in several languages about mountains, flowers, birds, bugs, the ocean, the earth, and wind! Composers represented will include Josquin des Prez, Orlando di Lasso, Felix Mendelssohn, Antonín Dvorák, Eric Whitacre, and Pete Seeger.
At the preview concert on March 7 conductor Margery Heins will talk to the audience about the program and the music.
The full performance of ³Songs of Nature² will be given Sunday, April 6 at 4:15 p.m. in Sloan Theater, located in the main building at Greenfield Community College. This concert will feature additional music by Henry Purcell, Randall Thompson, Samuel Barber, Paul Hindemith and Eric Barnum as well as spirituals and children¹s songs.
The Greenfield Community College Chorus spring performances of ³Songs of Nature² are sponsored by Great Falls Discovery Center and by the GCC Music Department. All GCC Chorus concerts are free and accessible, and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information about the “Songs of Nature” concerts and/or about the Greenfield Community College Chorus, call at 413-775-1171.
Photo by: Paul Gatker