Deptford Twp.–The Gloucester County College and Community Chorus will perform “A Song of Thanksgiving” and six folk songs during its annual spring concert Tuesday, April 24 starting at 7:30 p.m. at Pitman United Methodist Church.
“A Song of Thanksgiving,” a 21-minute cantata composed by Ralph Vaughn Williams of England, offers a blended refrain of various biblical portions and vocal styles. The audience will journey through excerpts from “Daniel,” “I Chronicles” and “Isaiah” as well as text from Rudyard Kipling and Shakespeare’s “Henry V.” Conductor Lawrence DePasquale and accompanist David Anderson lead the performance comprised of soprano, semi-chorus and speaker, which also showcases the talents of guest organist Wesley D. Parrott and trumpeter Donald Zimmerman.
In addition, the Gloucester County Children’s Chorus, under the direction of Pitman resident Sylvia Richardson, will sing an assortment of songs including “Cantate Deo” from Handel’s “Water Music Suite.” Youth renditions of “You Raise Me Up,” by Rolf Lovland and Brenda Graham and “Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit,” by William Dawson are scheduled for the ensemble. Pitman High School junior Kathryn Peppe and GCC Freshman Lauren Carter of Glassboro will perform a duet of “Flower” from Leo Delibes’s opera “Lakme.”
Following the Children’s segment, the GCC and Community Chorus will return to the stage to sing Johannes Brahms’s “Six Folk Songs,” Marta Keen’s “Homeward Bound” and Theodore Presser’s “An Irish Blessing.” Clearview Regional High School alumnus and Temple University student Kelly Freno offers her voice for “Pie Jesu” from Faure’s “Requiem.”
DePasquale is a professional staff member of music at Rowan University where he teaches music education and learning theory. As an undergraduate at Glassboro State College, he pursued organ and conducting studies with Dennis Elwell and Clarence Miller. Anderson is a graduate of Houghton College and the University of West Virginia. He teaches at Cumberland County College.
The concert will take place at Pitman United Methodist Church, located on Lambs Road and Broadway. Tickets are $5 per person and can be purchased either in advance or at the door. For more information, please call 856-415-2139.
The spring concert program is made possible in part through funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts and the Gloucester County Cultural & Heritage Commission at Gloucester County College.