Chamber Singers to present fall concert of ‘Remembrance’
Remembrance of lost loved ones is the theme for the upcoming Piedmont College Chamber Singers concert at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 10, in the Chapel at the college in Demorest. The concert is free and everyone is invited.
“Many of the pieces on the program were written for a specific event, either personal or public, that inspired the composers to write them,” said Music Department Chair Dr. Wallace Hinson, who directs the Chamber Singers. One piece they will perform is “A Child’s Prayer,” composed by Scottish composer James MacMillan after the slaughter of school children at Dunblane Primary School in Scotland in 1996.
Hinson said the theme of “Remembrance” was also selected for the Singers upcoming tour of northwest Georgia and Tennessee Nov. 12-14. At Fairfield Glade (Tenn.) Community Church the group is performing a memorial concert commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The tour will also include performances at Ooltewah High School near Chattanooga, Tenn.; and at Gordon Central High School in Calhoun, Ga.
Hinson said the student singers are being challenged in many ways with this program, which includes music with a high difficulty level and also an emotional level. Hinson said he hopes the selected works will help the singers and the audience be more compassionate toward others that have experienced loss, and help them understand grief is not the end of a life journey.
“I have always believed that our audience comes not only to be entertained, but to be moved and challenged,” said Hinson. “I hope the audience will take away the same things I wish for the students.”
The Chamber Singers is a select group of about 40 students who are selected by audition. The group has performed across the U.S. and Canada performing a wide variety of literature from Renaissance to 21st century pieces, including ethnic and contemporary choral music, folksongs, and spirituals.