Parkersburg Choral Society opens season

PARKERSBURG – The Parkersburg Choral Society will open its 2013-2014 season in November with a concert in Parkersburg.

On Nov. 10, the Parkersburg Choral Society will join the Ohio Brass Quintet of Ohio University in performing “The Feast of Praise” at its fall concert at 3 p.m. First United Methodist Church, 1001 Juliana St. in Parkersburg.

Admission is free for the concert.

The cantata was composed by Randall Thompson and first performed at Stanford University in 1963. Three biblical scriptures are highlighted in the cantata by the chorus and brass quintet. Thompson is an American composer recognized for his numerous choral works of which “Alleluia” is the most famous

The concert will also include additional musical pieces for brass instruments and chorus. These will include: “Love Unfolding” by Gwyneth Walker, “So We’ll Go No More A Roving” by Brian Holmes and “Jubilate Deo-O be joyful” by Michael Fink.

The choral society will perform “Ecco Mormorar L’onde” by Claude Monteverdi, “Wayfaring Stranger” arranged by Gwyneth Walker and “All Night, All Day” arranged by Ken Burg.

The Ohio Brass Quintet will perform several works as well to highlight the instrumentialists.

The free concert is made possible by support of Artsbridge, local donors and contributions at the door. A reception will follow the concert to meet the performers and continue the sharing of music.

The Parkersburg Choral Society is made up of 45 choral singers from the region and has been presenting concerts for over 50 years. The chorus is directed by Luke Zyla and accompanied by Marjorie Hamperian.

Two additional concerts will be performed by the Parkersburg Choral Society during the 2013-14 season. A Valentine Concert will be performed at 3 p.m. Feb. 16, 2014, at Vienna Baptist Church, 3401 Grand Central Ave., Vienna. The Spring Concert will be 3 p.m. May 4, 2014, at Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1710 23rd St., Parkersburg.