2006-04-13 / News

Community chorus spring concert tickets on sale

Spring is in the air and next month the Jamestown Community Chorus will present its concert, "Love and Spirit," to welcome the month of May.

Many selections on the program will remind listeners of the harbingers of spring and also the transition from spring to summer. One of the earliest songs,

"Sweet the Evening Air of May," tells of the lilac sprays and apple trees in bloom.

Benjamin Britten's "The Evening Primrose" reveals the budding of that flower as the sun sinks in the west. In lyrical imagery, flower blooms in the dead of night, only to fade, wither, and die as the sun starts to rise.

The other Britten selection is "The Succession of the Four Sweet Months," which tells of the changes in the floral seasons from April to July.

The Padsow "May Song" has a Cornish background. For centuries, on May 1 the people of the little fishing village of Padsow come out for a rousing processional. The ritual hobbyhorse dances in the streets and later falls down as if dying. Then, after a period of quiet, it rises up, symbolizing the revival of life after a long winter.

Two of the other seasonal selections are "Now is the Gentle Season." a 16th-century madrigal by Thomas Morley, and "Stars of the Summer Night," a poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow set to music by John Hatton, a 16thcentury composer.

The concerts will be at Central Baptist Church on Saturday, May 6, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, May 7, 3 p.m. Tickets cost $10 for general admission, $6 for seniors and children, and are available at Baker's Pharmacy, Jamestown Hardware, the Secret Garden, and from chorus members. For more information, call 423-1574.

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