Choir to perform local composition

STEPHENS CITY – The Blue Ridge Singers will perform their concert “Dreams in Song” with the piece “Run, Shenandoah” performed in the program.

The Blue Ridge Singers, a local community choir based in Warren County, will present two concerts, “Dreams in Song,” that will include a song, “Run, Shenandoahm,” that was written and arranged by local residents, one of them a professor emeritus at Shenandoah University.

The group will perform at 7:30 p.m. April 21 at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church in Front Royal and at 4 p.m. April 23 in Winchester at the Opequon Presbyterian Church.

Artistic Director Jeffrey Alban said the group has been rehearsing every Tuesday evening since Jan. 3. The 36 singers in the group range from high school students to senior citizens, and are separated into soprano, alto, tenor and bass.

He added that the concert was created after discovering a work of Eric Barnum based on William Butler Yeats’ poem “The White Birds,” where the focus is on the word “dream.”

His program revolves around dreams of freedom, dreams of nature, dreams of our spiritual home and dreams of love, Alban said.

“Run, Shenandoah,” a piece within the program, was written by Barbara Frank, who also composed the tune. Glenn Caluda arranged it into a four-part choral piece.

Alban said Frank visited him over the summer and asked if he would be interested in performing Caluda’s arrangement of her poem “Run, Shenandoah.”

“After reading this lovely poem and realizing its sentimental and nostalgic feeling, I knew the piece would work well within the rest of the program,” Alban said. “Being a proponent of new composition, the choir and I were only too happy to bring this world premier opportunity to our community.”

Alban added that the group was formed in 2009 and performs from a chamber choir repertoire with concerts during Christmas and in the spring.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com

If you go

• For more information on the Blue Ridge Singers, visit their website at http://www.blueridgesingers.com.

• Admission is free, but a $10 donation is suggested.