The River City Chorale: Making a Joyful Noise
The River City Chorale, comprised of 170 singers from Hudson and surrounding communities, gave its first concert of the 2013 summer season Monday night in the Hudson High School Auditorium.
The second performance will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lakefront Park band shell.
The title of this year's program (the chorale's fifth) is "Making a Joyful Noise." The musical selections center around "songs of joy and psalms," according to conductor Andrew Haase.
"From the grandeur of Vaughn Williams' 'O Clap Your Hands' to the splendid majesty of Dan Forrest's 'You Are the Music,' joy is what connects us all to this incredible music," Haase says in his program notes.
Michal Sobieski, a member of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra for 34 years, accompanies the chorale on violin for the Eric Whitacre piece "Five Hebrew Songs."
The program also includes popular tunes from the Broadway musical "Mary Poppins," and concludes with the lively gospel song "Let Everything That Hath Breath" by Jeffery L. Ames.