Choir Mission Statement

"Providing quality choral experiences and educational opportunities to the community since 1968"

Spring Concert Season Begins

 

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Our spring concert program is titled,
"Bound for Glory" 

 

   The Lapeer County Concert Choir’s spring concert, Bound for Glory, will present a program of music influenced by two different musical styles, Black gospel and white spiritual.  The featured major work for the concert is Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass using the texts from the Ordinary of the Mass – Kyrie, Gloria, Credo, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei – set to music composed in the Black gospel style.  The origins of Black gospel music can be traced to the work songs and field hollers of African American slaves.  These songs sung to ease the burden of long hours laboring in fields would evolve into the musical style known as the blues.  The blues became a musical outlet for expressing the challenges and daily life experiences faced by African Americans after the end of slavery.  The raw language and rhythmic nature of the blues found it performances limited to saloons, bars, and brothels.  Through the influence of popular music the blues and gospel music would be wed together and find acceptance throughout all avenues of society making in roads into African American churches.  

 

         Earlier in the concert program the choir will perform a set of songs,

Heavenly Home: Three American Songs, based on the music tradition known as white spirituals.  The music of the white spirituals has its roots in American folk song, melodies sung during the early frontier revivals of the nineteenth century known as The Second Great Awakening, and the music of Sacred Harp singing.  During this time, life on the American frontier was filled with many hardships and difficulties.  The message of the revival preachers proclaimed the promise of a heavenly home.  An eternal, heavenly home free from the hardships and struggles of life here on this earthly home.  The three songs in this set evoke the joyful longing for a place far away from life’s hardships.

 

Eddie Howell, Music Director/Conductor


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O Love - Elaine Hagenberg

Praise to the Lord
Heritage String Quartet

Spring 2023 - You Know Better Than I
from Joseph King of Dreams - Ray'mond Fields