Socio-economic and environmental tensions have collided for years in this region, often making its people pawns in a power-struggle in which they have no say. But the rich musical legacy of these mountains and valleys, stretching back more than 300 years, has and continues to be a national treasure, and a treasure trove of inspiration to composers. Aaron Copland’s iconic 1944 ballet score “Appalachian Spring” is one of the most beloved masterpieces in the American orchestral repertoire. Pulitzer-Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s “Southern Grace” is a collection of eight acappella gems inspired by traditional Appalachian folk-songs and hymns, including “Black is the Color,” “Sourwood Mountain,” and “Amazing Grace”, and finally, Director of Music Ministries Michael Conley’s own composition, “Appalachian Requiem” for chorus, orchestra, and soprano soloist, will receive it’s World Premiere. The Calvary Chancel Choir will be joined by 25 members of the West Village Chorale from New York City for this exciting concert celebrating the rich culture of Appalachia through an emotional musical journey full of sorrow, humor, joy, and ultimately, hope.
Tickets are $20 in advance and at the door. Calvary has an open door policy for concerts, and no one will ever be turned away for lack of a ticket. Valet parking and childcare provided (donation optional).