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Columbia County Choral Society to Premiere Georgia’s Composer Work

Posted: April 26, 2017 - 2:27am

The Columbia County Choral Society will celebrate its 20th anniversary May 19, with the premiere of a commissioned work by Georgia-born choral composer Daniel Elder.

Based on Isaiah 6, a favorite passage of the group's founding director, the late Jack Kearns, The Call exhibits a film-like quality, combining a flourishing piano arrangement against a Gregorian-sounding, choral "accompaniment."

"The rolls are appropriately reversed," said the group's artistic director and conductor, Dr. Don Cleary. "The piano serves as the voice and spirit of God calling for servants, while the choir serves both as narrator and responder in this call and response: ‘Who will I send?' and the humble reply, ‘Here am I, send me.'"

Elder's compositions have been performed in the U.S. and abroad, including a recording at Abbey Road Studios by the Grammy-award-winning Eric Whitacre Singers. Elder's choral music is published by Carus Verlag, Edition Peters, GIA Publications and Walton Music, and instrumental music by Imagine Music and Wingert-Jones Publications. Elder also self-publishes new scores with J.W. Pepper.

Elder, a UGA alumnus (BM Composition 2010), recently won second place in the American Prize's choral division with his composition "Three Themes of Life and Love." Judges said that Elder's works "represent some of the finest examples of the current generation of American choral composers."

CCCS's concert will feature other choral works by Elder, including "Ballade to the Moon," "Crystal Sky," "Fresh and Fearless," "Lullaby" and "Sunrise Carol."

For tickets and more information: http://columbiacountychoralsociety.org/concerts-events.html

 

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