The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

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May 3, 2014

Greenbrier Valley Chorale concert to feature Billy Joel, composers

No matter what your musical taste, you are certain to find something to love in the spring concert that will be presented by The Greenbrier Valley Chorale at 7:30 p.m. May 10 in Lewisburg’s Carnegie Hall.

The theme of the performance is “Singing in the Spring,” and the group will be doing that in style under the direction of Barbara Lutz with accompaniment by Teresa Bryant. Brian Carr will also provide trombone accompaniment on one selection.

The musical styles represented on the program are as varied as the Chorale members themselves, who range in age from advanced high school students to retirees.

The Chorale will begin the program with a salute to Carnegie Hall, its home for rehearsals and performances for more than 20 years. They will sing “Consecrate the Place and Day” and “Musicks Empire” by Lloyd Pfautsch in tribute to the lasting partnership between two of the Greenbrier Valley’s most esteemed arts organizations.

“Alleluia” is probably American composer Randall Thompson’s most famous choral piece, and has become a favorite of the chorale. Other selections include David Childs’ “Set Me as A Seal Upon Your Heart,” a setting of the text from the Song of Solomon.

For a bit of Latin spice, the group will perform "Te Quiero" by Alberto Favers, a renowned Argentinean composer of popular music. Featured soloists for this romantic but nationalistic love song are Wayne LeBlanc, Blair Hicks and Meghan Wright.

Speaking of popular music, the jaunty Turtles hit “Happy Together” and Billy Joel’s “Lullabye (Goodnight, My Angel)” are also on the program.

“It’s not often that the chorale performs arrangements of pop songs but these are sure to please our audience,” said Lutz. “And we’ve had fun with them, too.”

As a tribute to Jazz Appreciation Month, a small ensemble of chorale members will perform two classics from the Great American Songbook: “Puttin’ on the Ritz” by Irving Berlin, and “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” by Cole Porter and Java Jive, made famous by the Manhattan Transfer.

Tickets are $12 for adults. Children through grade 12 are admitted free, although they will need a ticket.

Tickets can be purchased at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 105 Church St., Lewisburg, ordered by phone with a credit card by calling 304-645-7917, or online at www.carnegie-hallwv.com.

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