Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

April 24, 2014

In celebration of 'Simple Gifts'

Andover Choral Society to revisit 19th century Americana


The Andover Townsman

---- — The Andover Choral Society is preparing to bring listeners back to a simpler time in American life when it presents its spring concert on Sunday, April 27, at 3 p.m. at the Rogers Center for the Performing Arts at Merrimack College, 100 Turnpike St., North Andover.

“Simple Gifts” will feature beloved 19th century American folk songs and hymns. Among the selections on the program include the iconic American sound of Aaron Copland’s “Old American Songs,” movements from Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana” set and arrangements by Mormon Tabernacle Choir director Mack Wilberg.

Baritone soloist Andrew Garland will join the chorus for the Copland works. He will also perform selections of early-American folk songs arranged by Steven Mark Kohn and featured on his CD, “On the Other Shore.”

The chorus will be accompanied by a chamber orchestra arranged by music director Michael Driscoll.

The concert hall is handicapped accessible and the performance is sponsored, in part, by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. They can be ordered online at andoverchoralsociety.org/concerts or reserved by calling 978-682-4050.