The Hendricks Symphonic Society is ushering in the harvest/Thanksgiving season with choral works of praise created by famous composers.
On Nov. 1 and 3, under the direction Benjamin G. Del Vecchio, the Hendricks Symphonic Choir and the Symphony Orchestra will present a program filled with anthems and praise featuring such artists as Moussorgsky, Puccini, Schubert, Tchaikovsky, and Vaughn Williams.
Beginning with Tchaikovsky’s a cappella, four-part “O Praise the Lord” through the final strains of Puccini’s melodic “Kyrie,” voices and instruments combine in varied harmonies and moods all to the glory of God. Vaughn Williams’ “Toward the Unknown Region” contains magnificent harmonies. Sometimes dissonant, other times soothing, always rich — this ode to death begins in tentative fear and finishes triumphant as the soul enters the glory of eternity.
Several well-known hymns are included in the program including “Amazing Grace” and “For the Beauty of the Earth,” and “We Gather Together.” A couple of playful selections are also inserted among the hymns. Thomas Morley’s “April is in My Mistress’ Face” is a tongue-in-cheek love song, and “The Fruitcake Song,” by Hagermann and Leka, cheerily welcomes the audience to anticipate the merriment of the soon-to-be-upon-us Christmas season.
“Hymns and Anthems” will be performed 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at Avon Middle School South. Tickets may be purchased at the door ($15 adults, $12 seniors, and $7 students with ID) or in advance, either online at www.hendrickssymphonic.org or at Wooden Key Hallmark stores in Avon, Brownsburg, Chapel Hill, and Plainfield as well as Brownsburg and Danville Public Libraries ($12 adults, $5 students).