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Concert tickets on sale

Waupaca Community Chorus and Civic Orchestra to perform

Tickets are on sale for the Waupaca Community Chorus and Civic Orchestra Concert.

The concert begins at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Waupaca High School’s Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door for adults. They are $4 in advance and $6 at the door for students.

Advance tickets may be purchased at the Waupaca Area Chamber of Commerce, Stratton’s Drug Store and from choir members.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The concert will be a varied program of American spirituals, patriotic numbers, hymns and folk tunes by American composer Mack Wilberg.

In addition to the vocal program, the orchestra will be featured on two instrumental selections, which include “An Outdoor Overture” by Aaron Copland and the Irish Tune “Londonderry Air” by George Percy Aldridge Grainger.

Wilberg was appointed music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir in 2008 after serving as its associate music director.

He is responsible for all musical and creative aspects of the choir and orchestra at Temple Square in rehearsals, concerts, tours and recordings, as well as the weekly broadcast of Music and the Spoken Word.

He is a former professor of music at Brigham Young University and is active as a composer, arranger, guest conductor and clinician throughout the United States and abroad.

His compositions and arrangements are performed and recorded by choral organizations throughout the world.

Copland was an American composer, composition teacher, writer and later a conductor of his own and other American music.

He was referred to by his peers and critics as “the Dean of American Composers.”

Copland is best known for the works he wrote in the 1930s and 1940s in a style often referred to as “populist” and which the composer labeled his “vernacular” style.

In addition to his ballets and orchestral works, he produced music in many other genres, including chamber music, vocal works, opera and film scores.

Grainger was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist.

He played a role in the revival of interest in British folk music in the early years of the 20th century.

Although much of his work was experimental and unusual, the piece he is most generally associated with is his piano arrangement of the folk-dance tune “Country Gardens.”

Additional information about the choir and Waupaca Fine Arts Festival may be found at www.fineartsfestval.org.

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