Through song - chorale tells story of a military tradition

May 25, 2006|by KRISTIN WILSON

In the spirit of Memorial Day, St. Patrick's Chorale will introduce audiences to two American families, both with a 140-year history of military service.

The community choral group will present their annual Memorial Day concert Saturday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at The Maryland Theatre. The program, "An Album of Courage: 1861-2006," is written as a fictional genealogy of a northern and southern family. Family members' paths cross throughout the program as military conflicts and wars are expressed through song, explains chorale director Sandra Shirey.

"This travel through time comes through the music of that era," Shirey says. "It will be educational as well as entertaining with the music. Our participants have said almost unanimously that the music to this show is thrilling and they are loving singing it."

The free concert will include "many, many" songs that reference the Civil War period, World War I and World War II, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Gulf War, the war in Afghanistan and the current war in Iraq, Shirey says.


The performance will involve 43 adult singers, 16 children in the children's chorus and a 23-member concert band.

Last year's Memorial Day concert was attended by more than 1,100 people, Shirey says. The group hopes for another great turnout this year.

"Part of the appreciation of this show is seeing it unfold and seeing the surprises as they come," Shirey says.

If you go ...

WHAT: St. Patrick's Chorale Memorial Day concert

WHEN: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 27

WHERE: The Maryland Theatre, 21 S. Potomac St., Hagerstown

COST: Free

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