Chorale and Orchestra to hold spring concerts

By Kathleen Eldred
Reader Contributor

The Members of the Pend Oreille Chorale and Orchestra are hard at work rehearsing for their upcoming Spring Concerts 2019, and are still performing uplifting classical music after 25 years. The concerts will be held on Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, June 16 at 3 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church on Olive St. in Sandpoint. Performances are free as always, but donations are gratefully accepted to keep our mission of bringing classical music to this area by local volunteer musicians. All of the members in these groups humbly thank the community and surrounding areas for their generous support all of these years.

The program this season opens with two rich and lovely Rachmaninoff Vespers sung in Russian.  Following these is the rhythmic and energetic “Lark” by 20th century composer Aaron Copeland. Soloists are Debra Douglas, Gerald Flurher, and Stuart Liddle. Closing the first half will be four pieces from “Frontiana” by contemporary famed choral composer Randall Thompson. These heartfelt and evocative poems set to music are by Robert Frost.

The second half features the reflective “Unfinished Symphony #8 in B minor,” composed in 1822 by Franz Schubert. Completing the concert is “Suite #2” from “Water Music” by G.F. Handel. This suite has five sections, some of which are Baroque dance movements and some demonstrate the nobility of the brass section.

Please mark your calendars for the Pend Oreille Chorale and Orchestra free concerts on June 14 and 16. Bring the men in your family for some good classical music before Father’s Day celebrations begin.

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