At 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 8, grades 2 through 12 of the Hamilton-Gibson Children’s and Youth Choirs will perform their spring concert at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on Pearl Street in Wellsboro.
Each mother present will receive a small gift because May 8 is Mother’s Day.
Singing is the Children’s Concert Choir made up of students in grades five through eight and the HG’s Youth Choir with young men and women in grades nine through twelfth, both conducted by Thomas Putnam, and the Choir, TOO, directed by Cheryl Hein Walters. Gary Citro is the accompanying pianist.
The HG Youth Choir will sing several selections ranging from New Zealand Welcome Song to musicals. “We Are Not Alone” is a song of hope and nourishment with lyrics and music by Pepper Choplin. The solo will be sung by Olivia Chilson who is performing Beauty in the Wellsboro Area High School from “Beauty and the Beast” this weekend.
“I Dream A World” with music by Connor Koppin and text by Lanston Hughes is a musically stimulating piece. “The Youth Choir sang this at the Martin Luther King concert in February and can’t wait to share it,” Putnam said. Alexander Baer, a student at Mansfield University, will accompany the choir on cello.
“Kua Rongo Mai Koe” is a New Zealand welcome song with the only accompaniment of a drum. “The choir will use original Maori movements as they sing this powerful, catchy song,” Putnam said..
“Because all men are brothers, and women are all sisters” is a cry for unity and freedom and an end to tyranny and oppression. The music is by JS Bach and adapted by the American folk group Peter, Paul and Mary. The lyrics are by Tom Glazer.
“Sing Me to Heaven”, an achingly beautiful work by Daniel E. Gawthrop with text by Jane Griner, has lush harmonies and beautiful text.
“Seasons of Love” from the Broadway musical “Rent” asks “How do you measure a year? In daylight, at sunset, at midnight, in cups of coffee, in inches, in miles, in laughter, in conflict? And love?”
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