The Camden Hills Regional High School Chorale, Chamber Singers and Women’s Choir, under the direction of Kimberly Murphy and Andrew Hirst; and accompanied by Susan Iltis, will present their annual spring concert Monday, May 12, at 7 p.m. in the Strom Auditorium of the school, just off Route 90.

The concert will include a variety of choral works with emphasis on poetry in music. Of special note will be the presentation of Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs” featuring soloists, the Women’s Choir and the Chamber Singers. Local violinist Heidi Karod will accompany the work, with student teacher Hirst conducting the ensembles. The CHRHS Chorale will be singing spirituals such as the Kirby Shaw arrangement of “Sylvie” and a rousing call-and-response song that honors the memory of Nelson Mandela, “Freedom is in Our Hands.”

The Off Beats, under the direction of senior Jacob Corney, will regale the audience with a couple of popular cover songs. Student achievements in the District and All State extracurricular music festivals will be acknowledged, along with special recognition of the chorale seniors. Many seniors will be featured in solos including sopranos Frannie Howard-Girard and Louisa Klemperer in a rendition of Delibe’s “Lakme” plus Annie Brady singing the Samuel Barber arrangement of “Sure on This Shining Night.”

The evening will culminate with the full chorale singing Ola Gjeilo’s expansive piece “Across the Vast Eternal Sky,” which musically paints a pastoral setting with images of life and sky and lyrics that sing about the rebirth of a phoenix.  This piece will be accompanied by Iltis at the piano and string players Heidi Karod, Nancy Carroll, Chuck Luce and senior Duncan Hall. A visual dimension will be added to the music with students’ artistic renderings of this remarkable musical selection to accompany the performance.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call Kim Murphy at 236-7800, ext. 295.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or