Fall Concert Sunday, October 24 at 5PM

The Hickory Choral Society Fall Concert has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 24 at 5 PM Under the Sails on Union Square in Downtown Hickory. This concert was originally scheduled for September 26 and was postponed as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.


The concert titled “Walking Together” will open with André Thomas’s “I Hear America Singing.” The original text and tune celebrate our return to in-person singing. The selection also includes the African American Spiritual “Walk Together, Children,” a title and conviction that inspired the concert’s programing. Other selections tied to the walking/journeying/travel theme in the mostly-pops program include “Walking on Sunshine,” “Just a Closer Walk With Thee,” “Chattanooga Choo-Choo,” “On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe,” and “Don’t Stop Believing,” the number-one hit by the band Journey. The concert will also highlight “togetherness” through the performance of popular music and Broadway tunes with inspiring messages such as “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “You Raise Me Up,” “You Will Be Found” (from Dear Evan Hanson), “What a Wonderful World,” “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone” (from Carousel).  The United Arts Council of Catawba County and the City of Hickory are concert sponsors.

Pandemic Effect

The Hickory Choral Society last sang for a live audience in December 2019. We appreciate all of you who “walked together” with us during our season of virtual programming, but we cannot wait to share with you the gift of live singing accompanied by a live full orchestra. For your safety and ours, 100% of HCS singers and staff are fully vaccinated. We encourage concert goers to social distance when possible and wear masks when in close proximity to attendees from another household.

History of HCS

Since the spring of 1978, the Hickory Choral Society has delighted audiences with a diverse repertoire of excellent choral music. The Hickory Choral Society provides this region with a series of exciting and well-attended concerts. The all-volunteer group of approximately 100 singers from Catawba and surrounding counties is well known throughout North Carolina, especially for its annual Christmas Concerts. The group has performed numerous concerts with the North Carolina Symphony, and has traveled extensively, performing at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, Portsmouth and London, England and Edinburgh, Scotland. In April of 2019, the Hickory Choral Society completed a concert tour of Austria and the Czech Republic, performing in Salzburg, Vienna and Prague. The HCS Founding Conductor J. Don Coleman retired at the end of 2019 and following a nationwide search Dr. Ryan Luhrs became the Artistic Director/Conductor. The Hickory Choral Society is a funded affiliate of the United Arts Council of Catawba County.