Choral Society to present 'An American Tapestry' April 12

Randall Thompson's 'Peaceable Kingdom' highlights program
March 22, 2013

The public is invited to join the Delaware Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. James Wilson, for its spring concert presentation featuring a compilation of 20th century American music, including songs by Leonard Bernstein, Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson and many more.

Program highlights include “Have Ye Not Known?” and “Ye Shall Have A Song” from Randall Thompson’s "The Peaceable Kingdom."

Thompson is recognized as one of the finest composers of American choral music for major works, which often incorporated jazz, folk music and American text into an eclectic body of music which also included orchestra and piano works, operas and chamber music. "The Peaceable Kingdom" was commissioned in 1936 by the League of Composers for the Harvard Glee Club and the Radcliffe Choral Society, and it was inspired by a painting of the same name by the naturalist Edward Hicks, the Preaching Quaker of Pennsylvania.

The painting depicts a scene from Isaiah, Chapter XI, verses 6-9. In Thompson's work, the selected verses are proclaimed by the chorus, and their meaning sets the stage for a variety of choral techniques: opposing choruses expressing the contrast between blessings bestowed on the righteous and woes inflicted upon the wicked, soprano and bass lines mirroring each other - one moves up in pitch as the other moves down and vice versa - and double choruses whose fullness of parts embody overwhelming joy and gladness of heart.

There will be a single performance of these collected works at 7 p.m., Friday, April 12, in the sanctuary of Holy Cross Catholic Church at 631 South State St.,  Dover.

Tickets are $20 for general admission, $15 for seniors 65 and over and military, and free for anyone under 21.  For online ticketing, go to For any will-call reservations and other information, call 302-245-0449 or email Tickets may also be available at the door.