A Choral/Orchestral Concert
March 29, 3:00 p.m.
A full-voiced tribute to spring, this spirited concert features the combined talents of the Napa Valley College Chorale and the Napa Valley College Orchestra. The centerpiece for the fifty-member chorus, directed by Dr. Eve-Anne Wilkes, is The Sprig of Thyme, a charming cycle of English, Scottish and Irish folksongs arranged by John Rutter for chorus and orchestra. The collection of songs represent a variety of styles and genres, from the well-known ballads “Down by the sally gardens” and “The willow tree” to the lively “The keel row” and “The miller of Dee.”
Says Dr. Wilkes, “John Rutter's arrangments of these English folksongs for chorus and orchestra are so lyrically lovely and harmonically warm, they are a pleasure to hear. There is no better sound than strings and voice, enhanced with the rich texture of the winds and brass.”
In addition to accompanying the chorus, the Napa Valley College Orchestra, conducted by Harry Cadelago, will present the Overture to The Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini as well as the Holberg Suite (movt. 1) and Praelude, by Edvard Grieg. Additional selections include Gloria Fanfare, by Jeffrey L. Ames and Never Gonna Walk this Journey Alone by Greg Gilpin.
Tickets for this concert are $15 general, $10 senior/student/military. It is presented in the Main Theater at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center, located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy. in Napa. For tickets, call the Napa Valley College box office at 707-256-7500 or buy online at www.musicnapavalley.org.