Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra Will Debut New Choral-Orchestral Composition

If you love to be one of the first people to hear a new work of classical music, you’ll want to mark your calendars for the next performance of the Springfield-Drury Civic Orchestra.

The orchestra will debut a new work from composer Dr. Carlyle Sharpe titled “Of These Years I Sing” as part of their “Masterworks II” concert. The piece is a celebration of the works of Walt Whitman, completed in December 2019 to help remember the bicentennial of Whitman’s birth.

The concert will take place on Wednesday, February 5, at the Juanita K. Hammons Hall for the Performing Arts beginning at 7:30 p.m..

Sharpe, a professor of music in composition and theory at Drury, has been featured by the National Endowment for the Arts “American Masterpieces” concerts, and has had their work performed at the Kennedy Center.

In addition, Sharpe’s work has been heard nationally in broadcasts by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, WGBH Radio Boston, the Canadian Broadcasting Company, and National Public Radio.

The program will also feature mezzo-soprano Ann Marie Daehn, pianist Clara Christian, Charles R. Young Young Artist competition winner Emery Smashey, and guest conductor Jim Davidson.

Tickets can be purchased through the Hammons Hall website.

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