Hickory Choral Society and Composer, Joshua Shank, Use Choral Music to Raise COVID-19 Funds Hickory Choral is set to give the world premiere of a new choral work by composer, Joshua Shank, in a nation-wide effort to raise money for professional musicians decimated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Boston-based composer, Joshua Shank, put together a group…

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NOTES FROM OUR ARTISTIC DIRECTOR Alleluia. It’s a word commonly used to express praise and joy. Handel’s chorus from Messiah bearing that name is Western classical music’s archetypical expression of jubilation. American Randall Thompson’s “Alleluia” was composed in 1940 in the context of World War II and can be described as introspective and mournful. Ralph…

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Thank You HCS singers, staff and Board of Directors thank you, our contributing members, for your support of our annual membership campaign. We have reached sixty six percent of our goal, which is amazing considering this difficult time of pandemic and are overwhelmed by your generosity. You may still make your annual membership and help…

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Tidings of Comfort and JOY! “God rest ye merry, gentlemen let nothing you dismay…” opening words from the familiar Christmas carol. As we move forward on the musical journey in the age of COVID, many or most of us might feel a bit dismayed. Music, and especially singing, is my respite, a distraction from the…

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Stand Together: Hickory Choral Society Fall Concert 2020 Togetherness is hard to come by these days. We are physically isolated in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. Meanwhile, ideological conflict is spreading through our families, community, and nation. In response, and joined by area high school choral students, the Catawba Valley Community College…

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