David Johnson Chorus presents ‘Songs of Hope and Peace’
Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2011 8:01 pm
Earthquakes … tsunamis … wars … record floods … In the midst of it all, there is hope and peace.
The David Johnson Chorus will offer that timely message when it presents “Songs of Hope and Peace” Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Dresden Elementary School multipurpose room.
Chorus director David Johnson said this concert is “especially timely because we can all relate to it.”
“This show is designed to touch people who find themselves struggling to deal with life and its difficulties. Our world — and even our country — appears to be very fragmented, creating anxiety and worries among us all.
“Music, the universal language, can speak to these issues in ways that nothing else can,” he said.
The first half of the show will be a chronological tour of America’s earliest song writers, beginning with Stephen Foster in the 1800s (“O Susanna,” “Camp Town Races” and “Beautiful Dreamer”). Next will be a medley of beautiful ballads by Jerome Kern from the ’20s (“Ol’ Man River,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” and “Look for the Silver Lining”).
One of the most famous of American composers was Irving Berlin. His medley includes “God Bless America,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” Rounding out the first half of the show will be a rousing number by George M. Cohan (and featuring the DJC kazoo band).
The second half of the show will feature songs which were written in response to calamities: the tsunami in Indonesia, the war in Bosnia, the 911 disaster and the War Between the States. The earthquake and tsunami in Japan and record flooding in this region are more recent examples.
“The message will be words of healing but also reminders of the importance of being united for the common good of mankind,” Johnson said.
Tickets are $10 and will only be sold at the door. Children and students will be admitted free of charge. A reception will follow.
For more information on the choral group, visit the DJC website www.davidjohnsonchorus.com or contact general manager Gail Crawford at (731) 514-0167.
Published in The Messenger 5.11.11