It’s an extra-special honor to be present at a concert like this one.
Hoosier composer Howard Terrell, now 90, has been quoted as saying he always thought composing is his reward, continuing to work even though he has never heard one of his compositions performed.
But Heartland Chamber Chorale Maestro Robert Nance and his counterpart at the South Bend Chamber Singers decided more should be done. Turns out it takes the combined musical 52-person-power of both groups, plus two pianos, an organ, harp and three percussionists to bring the composer’s big oratorio telling the story of Jesus Christ’s life on earth to the concert stage.
“Sing a New Song: A Modern Oratorio” will have its world premiere at 8 p.m. Friday at Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 W. Berry St. Two other performances, Saturday at Howe Military School in Howe and Sunday at St. Mary's College in South Bend, follow.
Tickets for Friday’s very special event cost $20 and are on sale at www.heartlandchorale.org.
Connie Haas Zuber is editor of Fort Wayne Monthly.