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The culmination of a week-end filled with celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Hickory Choral Society will be the annual Spring Concert. The programming of this concert will be very meaningful to both our singers and our audience. You may remember that HCS commissioned the REQUIEM FOR THE LIVING by Dan Forrest in celebration of our 35th Anniversary. HCS premiered this masterful piece on March 24, 2013 and it has been the most performed extended choral work in the United States, Europe and Asia in the five years since. In celebration of this special 40th anniversary, the featured work of the concert will be the JUBILATE DEO by the same composer, Dan Forrest.
JUBILATE DEO draws its text from Psalm 100 ("Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands"). This work, while affirming the religious and musical heritage of the liturgical text, expresses a universal rejoicing in the work of the Creator as seen through a variety of traditions. Selections from the Biblical text are used in seven different languages: Latin, English, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Mandarin and Zulu, with musical themes drawn from the cultures represented by those languages. The final movement of the work combines several of these traditions in a universal shout of praise.
Although JUBILATE DEO is a non-sectarian and inclusive artistic expression, it is nonetheless spiritual. To underline this intent, Forrest signs the score with the initials S.D.G (Soli Dei Gloria: Glory to God alone), a dedication most famously used by J.S. Bach for all his church compositions.
The concert will conclude with former singers joining the current Hickory Choral Society to perform two works in a 'reunion' finale for the week-end celebration. The first, HOMELAND, composed by J. Randall Stroope, is also known as "Jupiter's Theme" from Holst's THE PLANETS. The text of HOMELAND transcends any cultural and national boundaries. People throughout history have cherished their ties of blood, language and culture, and fought with their lives to protect them. May we ever value our heritage, and the "homeland" which preserves it to this day.
SING, the final work of the concert, is well known in music for its organ composition. Sir David Willcocks has arranged a choral accompaniment based on Charles-Marie Widor's Toccata from Symphony No. 5. There is no more powerful work for the finale of this special week-end than the Toccata.
Please join the Hickory Choral Society for this exciting concert and thank you for supporting this ensemble now in its 40th year.