Children's choir announces summer schedule
Spivey Hall Children’s Choir will be touring in South Carolina this summer, with the choral group’s tour culminating with a performance at Piccolo Spoleto in Charleston.
The summer choir tour is June 5 through 13 in the Columbia and Charleston, South Carolina areas.
In Columbia, the choir’s founding artistic director, Dr. Martha Shaw, will conduct the internationally-recognized choral group in a joint workshop/performance with The Young Sandlapper Singers at St. Michael and All the Angels Episcopal Church.
Spivey Hall Children’s Choir is now preparing to embark on its 20th year of quality music education. Drawing students ages 10 to 13 years from 17 metro Atlanta counties, the program offers professional-level instruction in vocal pedagogy, music theory, sight singing, ear training, presentation, and exposure to a variety of choral styles. Involvement also helps the students develop qualities of self-reliance, personal integrity, responsibility, compassion, and confidence in their abilities.
In Charleston, the singers will perform at four senior community centers, as well as during the prestigious Spoleto USA festival as part of the Piccolo Spoleto program.
Piccolo Spoleto, established in 1979 by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs, is the official outreach program of Spoleto Festival USA. The 2013 Piccolo Spoleto Festival title sponsors are Boeing, Publix and Publix Super Markets Charities.
The Spivey Hall Children’s Choir’s June appearances in South Carolina are part of its “Give Back” program. During these regional tours, which occur every three years, the choir typically performs at assisted living centers, retirement villages, schools, shelters and churches in an effort to bring its music to those who can most benefit from it. The group also uses these concerts as a platform to assist local charitable organizations.
The performances at the assisted living and retirement centers will begin with a few pieces from the group’s repertoire of world music, including “El Pambiche” by Dominican Republic composer Juan-Tony Guzman, and “Mbiri Kuna Mwari” by Lee Kesselman, from Zimbabwe. The group will then move into the audience, where the students join the residents in a sing-along of familiar favorites. The concert then wraps up with classic pieces, such as Jerome Kern’s “The Way You Look Tonight” and a medley of Johnny Mercer songs arranged by Randall Reese.
The Piccolo Spoleto performance will showcase the choir’s wide range with a diverse mixture of classical children’s choir repertoire and world music selections. The program will include many of the selections performed in the assisted living and retirement concerts with traditional regional favorites such as “Carolina in the Morning,” rousing spirituals including “Music Down in My Soul” by Moses Hogan, and moving campfire songs like “No Time” by Susan Brumfield.
The specific dates and locations of the Spivey Hall Children’s Choir Summer Tour are:
• Wednesday, June 5, 7 p.m. at St. Michael and All the Angels Episcopal Church, 6408 Bridgewood Road, Columbia, SC.
• Friday, June 7, 10:30 a.m., Franke at Seaside, 1885 Rifle Range Road, Mt. Pleasant, SC.
• Friday, June 7, 3 p.m., Sandpiper Retirement Village, 1224 Village Creek Lane, Mt. Pleasant, SC.
• Sunday, June 9, 3 p.m., Piccolo Spoleto, Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC. (The choir will also perform as part of the 11 a.m. worship service that morning.)
• Tuesday, June 11, 10:30 a.m., Twin Oaks Villa, 4550 Great Oak Drive, North Charleston, SC.
• Tuesday, June 11, 3 p.m., Bishop Gadsden, 1 Bishop Gadsden Way, Charleston, SC.
Located on the campus of Clayton State University in Morrow, Georgia, on Atlanta’s south side, Spivey Hall is among the South’s most acoustically-superior recital halls, presenting the best in classical, jazz and world music. For more information, visit www.spiveyhallchildrenschoir.org.
Spivey Hall also presents regular performances on its magnificent 4,413-pipe Albert Schweitzer Memorial Organ, custom-built in Italy by Fratelli Ruffatti.
An intimate venue with just 392 seats, Spivey Hall promotes for the concert-goer a personal connection with the artist both during and after the performance. Both Spivey’s extraordinary acoustics and its reputation for distinguished programming attract outstanding international musicians who regularly perform at the nation’s major concert venues such as Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall.