Trinity Masterworks ready for spring concert

Submitted Photo Members of the spring Trinity Masterworks Choir are pictured here rehearsing for their Celebration of American Composers concert this Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m. The concert is held at Trinity Episcopal Church on 11 Day St. in Fredonia.

Twelve rehearsals are all Trinity Masterworks Choir needed to prepare a delightful concert entitled, “A Celebration of American Composers.” All composers are currently living and continuing to create fantastic choral works for choirs to sing. This free concert takes place at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 26 at Trinity Episcopal Church (free will offerings gratefully accepted). The choir is composed of community members from Orchard Park, Dunkirk, Fredonia, Silver Creek, Brocton and Ripley, middle/high school students from Silver Creek and Fredonia and SUNY Fredonia students.

Michael John Trotta’s work “For a Breath of Ecstasy” is based on poems by Sara Teasdale as she searches for “solace amid life’s many storms.” The composer has created an intricate tapestry of voices with a backdrop of haunting oboe and strings. Eric Whitacre has taken a story by Rudyard Kipling, “Seal Lullaby,” and created a hauntingly beautiful song. The music in his second work “Sleep,” was actually written for another American poet but Whitacre was unable to use that poem due to a conflict with copyright. He then turned to Lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri who created the words. “Sleep” has become a staple for choirs, and recordings of it are used by many grief counselors and social workers who use music in their work. Shawn Kirchner has created a three-piece work called “Heavenly Home” of which the choir will be singing two. These two pieces use words created by two 19th century song writers.

A small reception will follow in Garland Hall. Please join in welcoming spring with an evening of delightful music. Watch for announcements of the fall 2019 concert. Those interested in singing are invited to join next season.