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Pemi Choral Society begins 39th season Monday night

September 08, 2011
PLYMOUTH — Under the direction of Dr. Robert F. Swift, Professor of Music in the Music, Theatre and Dance Department at Plymouth State University, the Pemigewasset Choral Society will begin rehearsals Monday, Sept. 12 for the start of their 39th season. This is a very special season for the Society, as Dr. Swift and his wife, Margot, Accompanist, have announced their retirements after the December performances.

The Pemi attracts singers from throughout central New Hampshire, and as far away as Maine. Dr. Swift, who has led the Pemi Chorus since 1979, is an accomplished composer and organist as well. Margot W. Swift, a former Plymouth State University faculty member, has accompanied the Chorus since 1980.

This season's concerts are entitled "To Hear The Angels Sing," and feature the music of John Rutter, Felix Mendelssohn, Franz Josef Haydn, Peter Tranchell, Everett Reed, Marshall Bartholomew, and other renowned choral composers. Selected seasonal pieces will be also be performed by the Society. This concert series has the World Premier of "Prayer," a new composition by Dr. Swift composed specifically for the "Pemi."

Choral rehearsals are scheduled for Monday nights throughout the semester, with three concerts in December.

The Pemigewasset Choral Society was organized in 1973 as a non-profit regional performing arts organization with the purpose of studying and presenting quality choral literature. No audition is required, and there is a particular need for new voices in the Tenor and Bass sections. The Society would like to extend an invitation to all former members to come back for this very special concert series. They ask that all singers plan on being at Silver Cultural Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 12 for registration prior to singing.

In the past, the Pemi Choral Society has performed by invitation at the Claremont Opera House, presented concerts on tour in Europe, in Prince Edward Island, Ottawa, Quebec, Canada and most recently on their cruise in June to Bermuda.

Varney Smith
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