The Phipps Choral Society
Bethel Lutheran Church
920 Third Street, Hudson
This celebratory spring concert will include individual works and excerpts by masters such J. S. Bach, Johannes Brahms, and more. Selections will include: “How Lovely are Thy Dwellings” from Brahms’ German Requiem; “Lift Thine Eyes” and “He Watching Over Israel” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Bach’s “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Benedictus” from The Armed Man by contemporary composer Karl Jenkins, “For the Beauty of the Earth” by John Rutter, “Spring Carol” by Minnesota composer David Dickau, and “Ave Verum Corpus” by W. A. Mozart.
“True to our mission of performing great choral-orchestral literature, selections from some of the great choral masterworks are included in the program,” states music director Thomas Dahle. “We are also performing a few singular works by contemporary composers to lighten the mood and celebrate the change of seasons.”
A chamber orchestra comprised of keyboard, strings, and woodwinds will accompany the chorus on several of the selections. The “Benedictus” of Karl Jenkins will also include brass and percussion players.
The Phipps Choral Society is under the direction of Dahle, now in his 24th season as conductor. The rehearsal and concert accompanist is Heather Tank.
The Phipps Choral Society, formerly The Phipps Oratorio Society, is a regional community chorus, founded in 1981 by Marilyn and Rev. Merlin Bradley, now in its 36th season. Its mission is to provide singers and audiences in the St. Croix Valley the opportunity to sing and hear performances of choral music from the great composers, especially oratorios and similar large-scale compositions for chorus, soloists, and orchestra.
Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students and youth.