Greater Freeport Community Chorus ‘The High Road and the Low Road’ Spring Concerts
May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$10
The Greater Freeport Community Chorus will present “The High Road and the Low Road: Sacred, Courtly and Folk Music from the British Isles” May 2 and 3 at Cumberland and Brunswick.
The 70-voice chorus will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at the Brunswick United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road, and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at the Congregational Church in Cumberland, 282 Main St. Virgil Bozeman IV directs the group, and pianist Kellie Moody is the accompanist.
“In Windsor Forest” is a five-movement adaptation of music from the opera “Sir John in Love.” English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams’ opera is based on Shakespeare’s comedy “The Merry Wives of Windsor.” “Merry Wives” features the fictional character of Sir John Falstaff, and Vaughan Williams’ opera was initially called “The Fat Knight.”
Vaughan Williams created “In Windsor Forest” for the Leith Hill music festival, where he served as festival conductor for decades. His older sister, Margaret, was a founder of the competition for amateur choirs.
Among a dozen other selections to be performed, several are of Scottish origin. “Loch Lomond” has been interpreted as the story of two of Bonnie Prince Charlie’s soldiers. One is to be executed, with his spirit returning home via the “low road.” “Ye Banks and Braes” was written by Scottish poet and lyricist Robbie Burns.
Also on the program are the Irish ballad “Danny Boy,” English composer Thomas Morley’s “My Bonny Lass She Smileth,” and “Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair,” an Appalachian folk song with Scottish origins.
Residents of 20 Midcoast towns make up the Greater Freeport Community Chorus.
Concert admission is $10 for adults, free to anyone under 18. Tickets may be purchased at the door. Visit the chorus on Facebook or at www.gfccsings.org for more information.