Sewanee Chorale in Concert

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The Sewanee Chorale presents a spring concert of music for the Broadway and opera stage, classical, and sacred music. The first segment of the program includes popular tunes from the stage, medley from Mary Poppins and Verdi’s “Anvil” Chorus. A local celebrity, who has never appeared in a Sewanee concert, has accepted an invitation to perform as the solo anvil player. 

The works of Gabriel Fauré are featured in the center segment of the program, with three movements of the Requiem and the Cantique de Jean Racine. Violinist Frederike Koltze, a one-year St. Andrew’s-Sewanee student visiting from Germany, will play the violin obligato of the Sanctus, with the chorale. Sewanee music department artist-in-residence Kallen Esperian will sing the “Pie Jesu.”

The final part of the program will include three pieces from the works of Arthur Sullivan. The tranquil hymn, “Calm be Our Rest Tonight” is followed by John Scott’s arrangement of “The Lost Chord.” The rousing final chorus of “H.M.S. Pinafore” will conclude the evening of many favorites. 

The concert concludes the Sewanee Chorale’s 53rd year of community singing. The Chorale is directed by Ruth Cobb and Zach Zwahlen, assistant university organist accompanies the program. Barbara Carden will provide cello accompaniment. The Chorale receives an annual gift from the Sewanee Community Chest.

The free concert takes place at 8 p.m., Friday, April 12, in All Saints’ Chapel. There is free parking available on University Avenue.