At The Raincross Master Chorale Concert On Sunday, April 28
The optimism of Americans and the dramatic sweep of the nation’s history will be heard in the harmonies of the Raincross Master Chorale at the Spring concert, set for 3pm Sunday, April 28 at Calvary Presbyterian Church, 4495 Magnolia Ave., Riverside.
The 50-voice chorus will sing music that honors the sacrifices of native people, the simple gifts of a Quaker community, the hope for a better life, and the progress of great innovation. The choir will sing several gospel favorites that speak of flying away to avoid the drudgery and humiliation of slavery.
The song “Harriet Tubman” by Walter Robinson acknowledges the leader of the Underground Railroad, a system of safe houses that secretly funneled slaves out of the south into the north, where they would be free.
Composer John Williams penned “America, The Dream Goes On,” a big and aspirational song about the potential of the nation to live up to its founding principles: “The words that we read on the courthouse walls are the words that make us free. And the more we remember the way we began, the closer we get to the best we can be.”
Mary Ellen Gruendyke, president of the Raincross board, said she loves the way the Spring concert will bring history to life. “We hope to both educate and delight our audience,” she said.
Other songs include “Wayfaring Stranger,” “How Can I Keep from Singing,” “Down in the River to Pray,” “Gift to be Simple,” and more pieces illustrating the heart of the American experience.
“This concert has a lot of emotion to it,” said William Brakemeyer, the artistic director of the chorale. “We will be singing songs that recognize the struggles of the nation, as well as the triumphs.”
Tickets cost $15 at the door, with discounts for seniors and veterans. The chorus raises money through concerts to offer college scholarships to young singers. At this concert the audience will hear Katie Lipow, a 2010 scholarship winner who has gone on to a singing career in New York.
This is also the concert with a drawing for gift baskets.