Bedford Singers Performing with Nashoba Chorale on April 21

April 16, 2024

Bedford residents Luana Read and Susan Hill will perform with the Nashoba Chorale at the Groton Hill Music Center at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 21.

“Far Past War” is the concert theme, featuring a diverse group of composers.

 Read says, “All of the music we are singing is 20th century or contemporary. ‘I Will Lift up Mine Eyes’ is a setting of some of the psalms by African American composer Adolphous Hailstork. ‘Far Past War’ is the New England premiere of a work by composer Augusta Read Thomas, followed by Ralph Vaughan Williams’ ‘Dona Nobis Pacem,’ a setting of poems by Walt Whitman.”

Luana Read said, “I really like what we are singing and find it very moving. I think Anne Watson-Born is a wonderful conductor and puts together great programs. Even though we are a community chorus, she holds us to a very high standard of performance. I’ve been singing with this group since September 2023. I wasn’t a music major, but have been singing in various groups since college. I love to sing in my spare time.”

Read is equally excited to be performing in the new Groton Hill Performance Center, located on a 100-acre site on Old Ayer Road in Groton. Opened last September, the 126,000-square-foot facility features a 1,000-seat concert hall, the 300-seat Meadow Hall, 35 rehearsal and teaching spaces, and state-of-the-art acoustics. Its resident orchestra is the Vista Philharmonic Orchestra (successor to the Orchestra of Indian Hill). Bedford native and frequent First Parish performer Nathan Kimball is a member of the cello section of the Vista Philharmonic. 

For Nashoba Chorale ticket information, go to https://www.nvcsings.org/page/2391134-far-past-war.

For more information about the Groton Hill venue, go to https://grotonhill.org/about-us/learn-more.

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