Tunes from across "The Big Pond" will sail into to Muscatine Friday, April 12, when the Muscatine Civic Chorale presents its spring concert, "A British Invasion." The program will present a wide range of British music from Renaissance madrigals to the high Anglican church music of Henry Purcell to the wonderfully crafted Twentieth Century music of Benjamin Britten and John Rutter to the popular styles of Elton John and the Beatles.
Jan Phillips, the Civic Chorale's conductor, says her inspiration for selecting an all British program came from the Olympic games in London last summer. "When I was at a choral convention in July, digging through music, trying to come up with something that would be fun and challenging, I was inundated with London," she explains. "Every time I turned the TV on, there it was with the Olympics. I thought it would be fun to do a lot of this.
Phillips says preparing for the concert has been a learning experience for her and, she believes, the chorale too.
Phillips promises the concert will end with a surprise, but she won't hint what it is. "You'll have to come find out," she says.
The Muscatine Civic Chorale was founded by a group of people who shared an interest in singing. The first concert, the “Dettingen Te Deum” by Handel was held in April 1975. The chorale offers two concerts each year, one in the winter and one in the spring, and performs a wide variety of music from early 17th century works to new contemporary compositions; from Broadway selections to opera choruses.
No auditions are required to join the chorale. For more information, call Phillips at 563-288-6038.