September 2016

Celebrate America: Hilton Head Choral Society presents “This Land I Love”

Author: Emily Campbell

With the Olympics, the election and the camaraderie displayed recently in our nation, it’s a great year to celebrate the land of the free and the home of the brave. And what better way to honor our great nation than through song? Join the Hilton Head Choral Society for their season-opening POPs concert, “This Land I Love,” at 8 p.m., Friday, September 9 at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

This concert will have something for everyone who loves music and our country, sprinkled with sentimental reminders of what Americans hold close to their hearts. The chorus’ repertoire will resonate with concert goers as they sing about every state in the union, belt out Americana classics and even take the audience “out to the ballgame.”

The evening is sure to be unforgettable with show-stopping performances of “American Anthem” from Ken Burns’ documentary, The War, Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land,” and many more favorites that will have the audience singing and clapping along. The chorus will also highlight the great traits of our nation with an all-Americana suite from Z. Randall Stroope, “American Rhapsody.”

As the HHCS kicks off its forty-first season, the longest running performing arts group on Hilton Head Island will demonstrate its vocal prowess and stir up emotions with classics like “What a Wonderful World” and “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”—songs that speak to the soul of all Americans.

Artistic Director, Tim Reynolds, in his seventeenth season with the chorus, believes that this inspirational catalogue of Americana will create a memorable evening that you won’t want to miss. “The music is reminiscent of our past and born from our common struggles and triumphs,” Reynolds said. “From folk songs to standard pops classics, these songs remind us of the strengths created by diverse cultures and traditions, which help make America the greatest nation.”

Every year, the 100-voice ensemble presents four major programs beginning with the end-of-summer POPs concert. Mark your calendars today for the remaining three concert of the 2016-2017 season. The Sounds of Christmas concert, “I’ll be Home for Christmas,” will take place at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 9 including a musical sleigh overflowing with traditional holiday tunes and carols, presented in innovative and remarkable ways.

New this year, the HHCS will host a Choral Festival at 7 p.m. on April 2, 2017. World-renowned composer Paul Basler will join Reynolds and the HHCS, along with collegiate and high school choruses from across the country, for an exciting evening of musical diversity.

And continuing the Hilton Head Island Memorial Day weekend tradition, the chorus will present “America Sings!”—an Americana celebration and special tribute to our military at 7 p.m. on May 28, 2017.

Get your tickets today because the past several seasons have been sellouts. You don’t want to miss your chance to enjoy these one-of-a-kind musical adventures.

The Choral Society’s online ticketing system is now live, and orders can be placed for the 2016-2017, four-concert season. All seating is reserved. Order through the Choral Society’s website, hiltonheadchoralsociety.org, TICKETS, and follow the prompts. Or order by phone at (843) 341-3818.

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