FLORENCE, S.C. – The Francis Marion University Concert Choir will present its spring choral concert, Sunday, April 23.
The performance will begin at 3 p.m. in the Hyman Fine Arts Center’s Kassab Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.
The first half of the concert will include a Handel chorus, “Let Their Celestial Concerts All Unite” from the oratorio Samson. This will be followed by two madrigals, “Fair Maid, Thy Charm and Loveliness” by Hassler and “Counterpoint of the Animals” by Banchieri.
Next, the choir will sing “Four Temperance Songs” arranged by Ralph Hunteres. These Four Temperance Songs were composed in the mid-19th century as a musical protest against the consumption of alcoholic beverages. Thousands of temperance societies in the northern states, most of them in New England, resulted from a great religious revival, centered on personal regeneration and what the individual could do for himself if he would only give up this “evil vice” of drinking alcohol and drink “sparkling water” instead.
The second half of the program will feature the Liebeslieder Waltzes, Opus 52 by Johannes Brahms. These were written for choir and two pianos. Rebecca M. Culbertson and Benjamin Woods will accompany the choir.
The choir is under the direction of Sue Butler Orr, associate professor of music and choral director.
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