On Saturday, the Fredericksburg Chamber Choir will perform their last concert of the season at the Fredericksburg Baptist Church. Audiences will be treated to “Dona Nobis Pacem (Grant Us Peace)” by Ralph Vaughan Williams, as well as other works that reflect the “Peace and Hope” theme.
The concert was planned by Joe Eveler, the choir’s new director.
Eveler has been part of the choir since 2003. In addition to being a member of the group, he led its section of singers before assuming this new position. At the height of the pandemic, Eveler became the acting director.
“So last year, I had from last spring until this Christmas gig, I was acting manager,” Eveler said. “The group board said, ‘Hey, are you interested in the job officially, rather than just as interim director?’ And I said, ‘Yes, I really am.’
Eveler began planning the gig while acting manager. The program not only reflects peace and hope, but Eveler hopes it will give viewers a deeper feeling after watching the show.
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“I tried to build a concert around all these ideas of peace and hope,” Eveler said. “I think I’d like the audience to feel empathy.”
Eveler said he hopes audience members will be inspired to try to understand life experiences beyond their own and understand that the world won’t always be OK. He also hopes people will think more about how they can contribute to help those in need.
“As viewers (hopefully) this Saturday can find some empathy and a connection to the human condition,” Eveler said.
The concert will accept voluntary donations for relief efforts in Ukraine and the World Central Kitchen, a charity that partnered with restaurants across the country to provide meals to refugees after the invasion of Russia.
There will be two performances at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and tickets can be purchased at the door or online. Prices are $15 for adults and $5 for students. Parking is free. For more information, visit ccfbg.org/concerts.
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