Published: Jul 15, 2008 10:11 AM
Modified: Jul 15, 2008 10:11 AM
Chorus to serve a feast of music
Summertime is ripe for relaxing and enjoying good food, and the Chapel Hill Community Summer Chorus will celebrate that spirit with a culinary-themed concert Friday night.The chorus, under the direction of conductor Sue Klausmeyer, will present "La Bonne Cuisine," featuring a selection of musical selections about food, at 8 p.m. at University United Methodist Church on East Franklin Street.Guest soprano Florence Peacock will perform along with the chorus. The menu includes pieces such as "Food Glorious Food" from the musical "Oliver," John Rutter's "Banquet Fugue," Theodore Morse's vocal rag "Oysters and Clams," and alternate versions of "If Music Be the Food of Love" by Henry Purcell and Jean Belmont. Peacock will perform Leonard Bernstein's "La Bonne Cuisine: Four Recipes for Voice and Piano," a humorous song series based on Emile Dutoit's "La Bonne Cuisine Francaise."Peacock, a Chapel Hill resident, has performed in Canada, Europe, Japan, Indonesia, Russia and throughout the U.S., particularly in the Southeast, where she has received critical acclaim for her solo performances with the Atlanta Symphony. Pianist Frank Pittman, bassist Martin Stam and drummer Stephen Coffman will accompany the vocalists.In keeping with the concert's theme, the chorus is conducting a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.Klausmeyer, the director of the Chapel Hill Community Chorus, also conducts the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Women's Glee Club. She has conducted choirs at Duke University, Binkley Baptist Church and University United Methodist Church. She established the Chapel Hill Community Summer Chorus in 2002 as an outgrowth of the 130-member Chapel Hill Community Chorus, which she has conducted since 2000.The Chapel Hill Community Chorus filled UNC's Memorial Hall in May for its performance, with full orchestra, of "Carmina Burana." Some of the chorus members have just returned from a performance tour in Italy, where they performed "Carmina Burana" and other works.Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for students. They can be purchased at the door or from chorus members.
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