SPRING 2019 CONCERT NEWS!

Our Spring Concert explores the theme of war and peace:  Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Dona Nobis Pacem”, “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Earth Song,” “Soon I Will Be Done” and “Da Pacem Domine”.

 

Dona Nobis Pacem (tr: give us peace) written in 1936, as warlike and economic tensions were building in Europe is a powerful plea for peace. Vaughan Williams’ music contrasts the discord of war, the grief of death, and through use of Walt Whitman’s poetry along with sacred texts calls upon  each of us to consider our role in continuing acts of violence.  On the program with this extraordinary centerpiece is a 1944 arrangement of “Battle Hymn of the Republic” by Peter Wilhousky, now the standard for military and high school bands; “Earth Song”  written by Frank Ticheli in 2006, a contemporary echo of  Vaughan Williams pleas for peace; “Soon I will be Done” a traditional spiritual and “Da Pacem Domine”  a lesser known round begging for peace.

 

The spring concert at the Chandler Center for the Arts begins at 5pm on Sunday, April 28.  Admission is by freewill offering.  As a non-audition community chorus, the Randolph Singers is committed to providing enriching musical experiences to chorus and audience members alike. New singers are always welcome




photo by Jim Lowe of the Times-Argus

Last spring's concert (May 2018) was a joint endeavor with the Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra. The Randolph Singers participated in a performance of Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass.

"Wow!" Read Jim Lowe's review here.

Randolph Singers: A community chorus in central Vermont dedicated to making and sharing beautiful music

The Randolph Singers was founded by a dozen or so area residents in 1968 when the local PTA wanted to sponsor a Broadway show to raise funds. The show they chose to perform was Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance." The Randolph Singers usually comprises approximately 50 area residents from towns throughout central Vermont.

The Randolph Singers is a non-auditioned chorus that rehearses weekly on Tuesdays from 7-9pm in the basement of Bethany Church, and performs two concerts annually, in December and May.  The chorus is led by co-directors Dick and Marjorie Drysdale of Randolph, Vermont; the accompanist is long-time musician and teacher Marta Borgstrom of Randolph.