Hilton Head Choral Society presents “Notes from a Small Island”

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Hilton Head Choral Society

Flowers and plants are budding and blooming. The crisp mornings are fading away. The birds are chirping just a little louder these days. Yes, spring is in the air. It’s enough to put a song in your heart, right? Why not celebrate the beginning of this joyous season with the Hilton Head Choral Society as the group “travels” from our little island to a bigger one – Great Britain.

Join the full chorus and orchestra as the Hilton Head Choral Society presents its annual Musical Masterworks concert “Notes from a Small Island” at 8 p.m. Friday, April 1, at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island.

In the midst of celebrating its 40th anniversary, the Hilton Head Choral Society will be performing music from throughout Great Britain. The audience will enjoy coronation pieces fit for kings and queens, Scottish and Welsh folk tunes and songs from the stage and the big screen.

Are you ready for a musically diverse evening with pomp and pageantry that makes you feel like royalty? The chorus will sing ceremonial pieces, including Handel’s “Zadok the Priest.” This anthem was written in the 18th century for the coronation of King George II and has been used in every coronation since. Audience members might also recognize “The Old Hundredth Psalm Tune,” written for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. 

Honoring the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the choral group will sing a musical set from the famed writer’s plays composed by 20th-century American composers. One of the highlights of this tribute will be the performance of “Double Trouble” that was featured in the film “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.”

The choral society’s artistic director, Tim Reynolds, will be the tour guide as the audience journeys from England to Scotland and Wales, where the chorus will sing beloved folk songs including “All Through the Night” and “Loch Lomond.”

“It is sure to be an unforgettable evening for all to enjoy,” Reynolds says. “This concert includes a wide array of musical pieces that will please music lovers of all kinds.”

Near the culmination of the evening, close your eyes and imagine the beautiful blooming of spring flowers in an English garden as the chorus performs a lovely suite from the award-winning Broadway musical “The Secret Garden,” based on the beloved children's book by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Recent concerts have been sold out, so get your tickets early. All seating is reserved, and ticket prices are $20, $25, $30 or $35. Tickets may be ordered online or purchased at the door the night of the concert, if available. For more details, call 843-341-3818, visit www.hiltonheadchoralsociety.org or “like” Hilton Head Choral Society on Facebook.