News Release - September 27, 2013

Choirs Combine to Sing Songs of Thanksgiving

Sonoma State University Symphonic Chorus with Regional Honor Choir

Members of the choral program at Sonoma State University along with singers from Maria Carrillo High School will partner with the Redwood Empire Food Bank to raise awareness about hunger at the second annual Songs of Thanksgiving concert at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at SSU’s Weill Hall.

Last year’s event raised more than $800 and two thousand pounds of food for the organization, according to Choral Activities director Jenny Bent. “I envision this as a way of giving back to the community,” she said.

The combined SSU and Maria Carrillo choirs will exceed one hundred singers with music including Mozart’s Ave Verum Corpus, the Moses Hogan spiritual, I Want to Thank You, Lord and Charles A. Tindley’s gospel classic, The Storm is Passing Over.

A food drive organized by choir members is currently underway in the Green Music Center education building. People can drop off canned goods outside of GMC Room 1028. For information, call 707-664-3925.

Tickets for the concert are $10-$15 and include parking. To purchase tickets, click here.

Weill Hall at Sonoma State University is near the intersection of Rohnert Park Expressway and Petaluma Hill Road. Park in Lot O.



Symphonic Chorus

Derksen: Halleluya Tindley: The Storm is Passing Over

Hogan: I Want to Thank You, Lord

Mozart: Ave Verum Corpus

Chamber Singers

Hafso arr: Down in The River To Pray
Lauridsen: Sure on This Shining Night
Rutter: Sing a Song of Sixpence

MCHS Chamber Singers

Georgia on My Mind
There Will Never Be Another You
I'll Be Seeing You

MCHS Jazz Choir

Lullaby in Ragtime
What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life
It Don't Mean a Thing...

Combined Choirs

Tindley: The Storm is Passing Over



About Redwood Empire Food Bank

The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB), Sonoma County’s largest hunger-relief organization, has been in operation since 1987. The REFB provides food to over 78,000 people every month through its own three Hunger Initiatives and a network of 166 charitable organizations throughout Sonoma County. The REFB also helps smaller food banks and charitable organizations acquire food in Lake, Mendocino, Humboldt and Del Norte counties. Over 13 million pounds of food is distributed annually, the equivalent of 28,000 meals each day.



Redwood Empire Food Bank

Down In The River To Pray - arranged by Marc A. Hafso - Professor of music at Whitworth University, Spokane, Washington
This traditional Appalachian song, became more popular when it was released in the sound track of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" sung by Alison Krauss. It's history is clouded in time. Some say it was sung by slaves in the South before the Civil War. In any case it is sung to this day by Christians of all ethnicities as they seek the grace of baptism.

Sure On This Shining Night - by Morten Lauridsen (1943- ) - Professor of Composition at the University of Southern California - Text taken from the poetry of James Agee (1909-1955) Samuel Barber set portions of "Descriptions of Elysium" from 'Permit Me Voyage'. Barber set this as a solo as well as a choral octavo. Besides Samuel Barber and Morten Lauridsen, Z. Randall Stroope has set this text in choral setting.

Sing A Song Of Sixpence - by John Rutter (1945- ) British composer, conductor, editor and arranger. Sing a Song of Sixpence is from his "Five Childhood Lyrics". Sing a Song of Sixpence is a well known English nursery rhyme. Although the origins are uncertain, there are some inferences that perhaps its genesis comes from Shakespeare's 'Twelth Night' (c. 1602), (Act II, Scene iii) where Sir Toby Belch tells a clown to "Come on; there is sixpence for you: let's have a song" and in Beaumont and Fletcher's ' Bonduca (1614), which contains the line "Whoa, here's a stir now! Sing a song o' sixpence!"




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