GAMAC CHORALE PONDERS THE POETS

               ANDERSON, SC---The Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC) Chorale under the direction of Dr. Don R. Campbell will present “…That Is the Question”- Wisdom from the Great Poets & Others on Friday, November 3, 2017 at 7:30pm at Boulevard Baptist Church.  Featuring gospel, classical, folk, and musical theater tunes inspired by the works of Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and more, the evening will also include a special performance by the GAMAC Children’s Chorus directed by Dr. Bob Heritage.

               “Poets have added to the wealth of literature,” said Dr. Campbell.  “The music makes each poem come alive in ways perhaps the poet could not have imagined.  Poets also ask a lot of questions and those are what we’ll ponder that evening,” he said.  The program will begin with William Dawson’s arrangement of the traditional spiritual, Ain-a That Good News, followed by American folk song, He’s Gone Away arranged by Kirke Mechem.  O’ Mistress Mine and Who Is Sylvia? from William Shakespeare’s TWELFTH NIGHT and TWO GENTLEMEN OF VERONA respectively will be featured as well as Michael Larkin’s 3 Poems by Emily based on poems by Emily Dickinson.  Additional works based on poems by Walt Whitman, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Sara Teasdale will also be featured along with If Ever I Would Leave You from the Broadway musical Camelot. Even a traditional “sea chantey,” What Shall We Do With a Drunken Sailor is sure to delight in this lighthearted evening of songs and sonnets!

               Special guests for the evening, the GAMAC Children’s Chorus, will also ponder poets’ wisdom through popular music with John Lennon’s and Paul McCartney’s When I’m Sixty-Four from The Beatles’ 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band albumThe children will also perform choral highlights from the beloved musical Oliver based on the book by Charles Dickens.

               Tickets to “…That Is the Question” are available for purchase through GAMAC online at www.gamac.org or by phone at (864) 231-6147.  Tickets will also be available for purchase at the door one hour prior to the performance.  Prices are $20 for adults with kids and full-time college students admitted FREE with donation of a new children’s book to benefit AIM’s Women & Children Succeeding Library.  This concert is made possible with generous support from Piedmont Automotive and Anderson Dermatology & Skin Surgery Center, LLC.  Support is also provided in part by the South Carolina Arts Commission which receives funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.