‘America the Beautiful’ will be celebrated at June 3 concert


Sung by grade school classes and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, performed in concert by Barbra Streisand and Elvis Presley and recorded by everyone from Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles to Alvin and the Chipmunks, “America the Beautiful” is a moving hymn to the nation’s natural beauty and founding ideals.

The Northern Neck Orchestra, conducted by Michael Repper and the Chesapeake Chorale, directed by Dr. Cheryl Brown Davis, on June 3 will begin its final concert of the season with this enduring ode to the country. Two other works by American composers inspired by American poetry and traditional songs will complete the program.

The concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Lancaster Middle School Theater, 191 School Street, Kilmarnock. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or northernneckorchestra.org. Students are admitted free with online reservations.

The colorful arrangement of “America the Beautiful” by conductor and film composer Carmen Dragon will be followed by Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana,” an orchestral and choral setting of poems by Robert Frost. This part of the program will be preceded by a reading of Frost’s poems by Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda, former poet laureate of Virginia.


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