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Coshocton Community Choir Concert coming up

| April 23, 2015

COSHOCTON — Day by Day is the theme of the Coshocton Community Choir’s Spring Concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26. More than 200 musicians from throughout central Ohio in the adult choir, The Coshocton Children’s Choir, the Coshocton Youth Chorale, the Roscoe Brass, and accompanist, Dickie Barrick will perform at Coshocton High School’s McKinley Auditorium.

The choir’s founder and director, Charles R. Snyder, says that the title of a particular song often sparks the creative process, and such was the case for this year’s spring concert. This year it is Paul J. Christiansen’s setting of the Scandinavian hymn “Day by Day.”

“Even though it has only been performed by our choir three other times it is a favorite of those who know it,” Snyder said. “‘Day by Day’ talks about God bringing blessings to every day and reminding us that we are never alone as we journey through life.”

There are two pieces for double choir: “Let All the Nations Praise the Lord” and “Lord, Let at Last Thine Angels Come” which features the community choir and the youth chorale.

“It is always a neat experience for both groups when they can sing together,” Snyder said.

“Lift Up Your Heads” from Messiah takes the choir back to its early history. For the first seven years Messiah was the “standard fare” for concerts. “The Heavens Are Telling” was suggested by a choir member as a piece for this spring. It fits into a group of songs that journeys through four musical time periods: Baroque, classical, romantic, and twentieth century.

“‘Down by the Riverside’ is always a popular number because it features all of the choirs, the Roscoe Brass Quintet, Dickie Barrick at the piano and the audience even gets to sing along,” Snyder said.

“Bless This House” is new to the community choir repertoire. Snyder said he first heard it on the Crystal Cathedral, sung by former Miss America Dorothy Benham and thought, “We need to do this with the community choir.” So he spent six months tracking the arrangement down and is excited to share it with the choir audience. “We are also singing ‘My Eternal King’ to honor the memory of two choir members Dave Bown and Peter Shults who died this past fall,” Snyder said. “It was one of Dave’s favorite pieces.”

In the youth chorale repertoire “No Man Is an Island” at one time was a favorite for high school commencements.

“It uses part of John Donne’s ‘Meditation XVII’ to talk about how interconnected we all are,” Snyder said. “They are also singing ‘Cry Out and Shout’ in celebration of what would have been composer Knut Nystedt’s 100th birthday, who died this past December, two months after his 99th birthday.”

The children’s choir is singing the familiar “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”  They are also singing a stunning ballad “The Path to the Moon.” A favorite of the children’s choir and audiences, “The Kazoo Koncerto” will bring smiles and a few laughs.

The Coshocton Community Choir’s Spring Concert Day by Day takes place at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 26, at Coshocton High School’s McKinley Auditorium, located at 1205 Cambridge Road. Tickets for the Day by Day concert are $10 for adults and $5 for students and are available at the door, on the choir website www.CoshoctonCommunityChoir.org or by calling Business Manager Lee Bown at 740-622-3960. Tickets are also available at these presale ticket outlets — Ohio State of Mind in Roscoe Village, Good News Book Store, Buehler’s Foodmarket, and Marilyn’s Natural Foods in Coshocton; Home Loan Savings Bank in West Lafayette; and Baker’s Foods in Newcomerstown.

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