NORTH ADAMS -- The MCLA Wind Ensemble under the direction of William Chapman will present a concert on Wednesday, May 8, at 7:30 p.m., in the Church Street Center.
The program will include the premiere of a new work, "Church Street," composed by Michael Dilthey. "Church Street" is a composition in three movements for wind ensemble.
The piece uses a variety of church hymns based on three ideas: Gather, pray and march. While there is certainly a religious meaning in the hymns themselves, these hymns are our modern day folk songs, known by most and loved by all.
The first movement, "Gather," has four hymn tunes: "Shall We Gather at the River," "We Gather Together," "Softly and Tenderly," and "Amazing Grace."
This movement is dedicated to a friend and longtime member of the St. Elizabeth Church Choir, Jay Strange.
The second movement, "Pray," has two hymns: "I Heard the Voice of Jesus" and "Come, Thou, Almighty King," which is an old standard hymn recently sung by Ana Marquez-Greene, 6, who was among the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. This movement is dedicated to her.
The third movement, "March,: is a celebration of life with the hymns "When the Saints Go Marching In," "Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory" and "We Are Marching."
This third hymn was recently played at the memorial service for Anna Arabia of North Adams, a member of the Drury High School Class of 2014 who recently lost her life to a brain tumor.
The third movement is dedicated to her.