On April 8th, the Waupaca Community Chorus and Civic Orchestra Concert will present a varied program of American spirituals, patriotic, hymns, and folk tunes by American composer Mack Wilberg. In addition to the vocal program, the orchestra will be featured on two instrumental selections which include “An Outdoor Overture” by Aaron Copland, and the Irish Tune “Londonderry Air” by Percy Grainger.
Mack Wilberg was appointed music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir on March 28, 2008, having served as associate music director of the Choir since May 1999. Dr. Wilberg is responsible for all musical and creative aspects of the Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square in rehearsals, concerts, tours, and recordings, as well as the weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word.
He is a former professor of music at Brigham Young University and is active as a composer, arranger, guest conductor, and clinician throughout the United States and abroad. His compositions and arrangements, currently published exclusively by Oxford University Press, are performed and recorded by choral organizations throughout the world. Dr. Wilberg received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Southern California.
Aaron Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer, and later a conductor of his own and other American music. Copland was referred to by his peers and critics as “the Dean of American Composers.” The open, slowly changing harmonies in much of his music are typical of what many people consider to be the sound of American music, evoking the vast American landscape and pioneer spirit. He is best known for the works he wrote in the 1930s and 1940s in a deliberately accessible style often referred to as “populist” and which the composer labeled his “vernacular” style. Works in this vein include the ballets Appalachian Spring, Billy the Kid and Rodeo, his Fanfare for the Common Man and Third Symphony. In addition to his ballets and orchestral works, he produced music in many other genres including chamber music, vocal works, opera and film scores.
George Percy Aldridge Grainger was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist. During a long and innovative career, he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk music in the early years of the 20th century. He also made many adaptations of other composers’ works. Although much of his work was experimental and unusual, the piece with which he is most generally associated is his piano arrangement of the folk-dance tune “Country Gardens”.
The concert is scheduled for Sunday April 8th at the Waupaca High School Performing Arts Center. The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, Stratton’s Drug Store, Waupaca Community Choir Members, and at the door. Tickets for adults are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at the door while students are $4.00 in advance and $6.00 at the door. Seating is on a first come first served basis.
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