PLYMOUTH – Pilgrim Festival Chorus, the non-profit community choral ensemble, invites singers from the South Shore region to open the auditions at 6:30 p.m. on August 23 and 30.
Co-Artistic Directors William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly will welcome newcomers of all skill levels to learn more about PFC and audition for a voice placement, if they wish, at Faith Community Church (formerly United Methodist Church), 29 Carver Road, Plymouth. Rehearsals for the fall season begin at 7:00 p.m. immediately thereafter.
In October, PFC gives a special concert, “Pilgrim Journey: Songs of Faith and Courage,” to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower landing. Originally scheduled for October 2020, this concert emphasizes the faith and courage of the passengers of the Mayflower. The program includes the premiere of a specially commissioned work by Massachusetts composer Clifton J. Noble Jr., “Arrived in Safe Harbor”. Noble worked closely with the directors of PFC to create a work that incorporates texts written by William Bradford (1590-1657), famous governor of the Plymouth Colony and signatory of the Mayflower Compact.
Also on the program is a work by American composer Alice Parker, who has promoted American musical heritage over a career spanning decades. PFC performs their work “Melodious Accord”, the first in the region in many years. The composition features a note-shaped song, which depicts both religious expression and thanksgiving. The program will be accompanied by a brass quartet and a harp.
Immediately after this performance, PFC kicked off rehearsals for the annual holiday season concert, “Remembering Christmas Past”. The program explores five centuries of seasonal music, including favorites from past concerts.
Rehearsals take place regularly on Mondays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The “Pilgrim Journey” concert takes place on October 23-24; “Remembering Christmas Past” will perform on December 4th and 5th. All concerts take place at St. Bonaventure Parish, 803 State Road.
Founded in 1999, PFC is an auditioned and volunteer choral ensemble of approximately 80 active members, representing all skill levels, dedicated to performing various genres of choral music. The group usually gives major concerts every winter and spring, and often a Messiah Sing in December. Pilgrim Festival Singers, an ensemble derived from the PFC, gives an annual summer concert of lighter music and sings occasionally at local community events.
For more information on membership and auditions, contact Richter at 781-789-3343 or email [email protected] For more information on this season’s program and repertoire, visit the PFC website at https://pilgrimfestivalchorus.org, email [email protected] or follow Pilgrim Festival Chorus on Facebook.