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Easter tunes resound off walls in Demorest

Piedmont chorale, orchestra to perform holiday concert

POSTED: April 10, 2014 1:00 a.m.

Sounds of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his final moments on the Earth gleaned from the works of the Gospels will reverberate through the air during a Holy Week concert in Demorest.

The Piedmont College Chorale and Orchestra will perform two works by 19th century Belgian composer César Franck at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Piedmont Chapel. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors, and free for Piedmont students, faculty and staff.

The concert will feature Franck’s “Morceau Symphonique” and “The Seven Last Words of Christ” with the 100-voice Piedmont Chorale and the 35-member Piedmont Orchestra providing the melodies. Accompanying the choir will be Joy Hayner. Soloists will be Andrea Price, Jonathan Pilkington and Barton Gilleland.

“I chose these works primarily because they were composed by Franck in relation to the crucifixion and Holy Week, which is when our performance is scheduled,” said Wallace Hinson, chairman of the music department. “The words of Christ from the cross as shown in the Gospels have formed the basis for many Passion compositions and generally form the central features of the account of the crucifixion.

“Franck created his setting of these texts by juxtaposing the words of Jesus with passages from Old and New Testaments, the ‘Reproaches for Good Friday’ and the ‘Stabat Mater,’ a 13th-century hymn.


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