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Orchard Park Chorale to feature Hamburg and Derby soloists

When the Orchard Park Chorale performs its ‘Voices Across the Americas’ concerts on Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19, the group will be joined by a combined Honors Choir formed with representatives from area high schools.

Hamburg resident Andrew Abbott and Derby resident Marlene Gullo, members of the Chorale, will perform as featured soloists.

The program developed into “Voices Across the Americas” showcasing a variety of song styles reflecting North and South American culture and traditions. The centerpiece is “Frostiana,” a collection of Robert Frost’s poems set to music by choral composer Randall Thompson. Selections from Sondheim and Bernstein’s “West Side Story” will include solos by OPC tenor Ben Streeter and soprano Jessica Wheaton. A French Canadian folksong “J’entends le Mouin” (“I Hear the Mill”) echoes the sound of a working millwheel with its staccato rhythm. “Te Quiero” (“I Adore You”) is an Argentinian love song with lyrics written by Uruguayan poet Mario Benedetti. “Salmo 150” (“Psalm 150”) is a stylish, contemporary Brazilian song. A contemporary work by composer Peter Willsher, “Everyone Suddenly Burst Out Singing,” is based on Siegfried Sassoon’s poem “Everyone Sang,” written in 1918 to commemorate the end of World War I.

The program concludes with three American songs, “Lift Every Voice,” “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “Let There Be Peace on Earth.”

“Voices Across the Americas” will be performed Saturday, May 18, at 2 p.m. at the Bethel AME Church, 1525 Michigan Ave., in Buffalo, and Sunday, May 19 at 7 p.m. at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park.

Ticket prices range from $5 to $25 and are available from OPC members or by visiting www.orchardparkchorale.org.


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