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Posted Jun 2, 2012, 4:01 pm
“Folk music from around the World” will be the focus for Sunday’s concert by AwenRising, a Tucson acoustic chamber choir. The group will perform a cappella and accompanied by traditional instruments. There will also be instrumental numbers featuring balalaika and mandolin and a piano/fiddle duet of traditional sea shanties.
The concert starts at 3 p.m., at the Christ Presbyterian Church, 6565 E. Broadway. Tickets are $12-15, and are available at the door.
The concert will highlight songs from France, Portugal, the British Isles, Sweden and the United States. The opening set includes a Welcome Chant of the Tsimshian Indians of the Pacific Northwest.
Other works include Swedish folk song “Uti vår hage,” (“Out in Our Garden”) arranged by composer Hugo Alfvén; “Far Away My Love Has Gone” from D. Farrell Smith’s “War Trilogy;” the French song, “Il est bel et bon” (“It Is All Well and Good”); the Welsh tune “Tra Bo Dau” (“While Two Hearts’); and the Portuguese “A Lua Girou” (“The Moon Turned”).
British folk songs on the program include the classic “Greensleeves” and closing number, “What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor.” Among the traditional American tunes to be performed are choral arrangements of “Wayfaring Stranger” and “Shenandoah.”
AwenRising is a relatively new group whose first performance was in late 2010. The group focuses on intricate mixed voice arrangements, both with instrumental accompaniment and a cappella, under the direction of Richard Hintze.