‘Silence & Music’ coming to St. Paul’s

  • Posted: Sunday, April 21, 2013 12:01 a.m.

A presentation of pure vocal talent is expected to wow attendees of an upcoming concert to be held later this month.

“Silence & Music” will be presented by the USC Aiken Concert Choir and Masterworks Chorale. The choirs will perform early 20th-century composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ “Mass in G Minor.”

Soloists include soprano Rebekkah Nordan, alto Lucy Santos Green, tenor Jonathan Hallman and bass Don Dupee.

Joel Scraper will be directing the show.

Masterworks’ soprano Donna Walker said the two choirs have been diligently rehearsing for the show every Monday for one-and-a-half to two hours. The groups began familiarizing themselves with the music in January.

Walker said that Masterworks typically works with the classics, and Williams is a bit more modern than what they are used to. But, Walker said, Williams has produced some lovely music.

“For the most part, our thrust is with the classical composers and the beautiful music we’ve had around for a few centuries,” Walker said. “We try our best to share our love of music with the community.”

Walker said this concert will be all voice with no accompanying musical instruments. She said the voices of both choirs will intermingle.

“This is an interesting piece, and it’s a little bit different from our classical pieces that we’ve done prior. But it’s a beautiful, beautiful antiphonal by this particular composer of sacred music,” Walker said.

The Augusta Men’s Chorus will be special guests at the concert and will perform a few of their own selections.

The show will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, located at 961 Trail Ridge Road, at 4 p.m. on April 28.

Call the USC Aiken Etherredge Center at 803-641-3305 to obtain tickets, which are $10.

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