Wilmington Choral Society’s Youth Scholarship Winners to Perform in Spring Matinee
The Wilmington Choral Society has announced the 2018 winners of the annual Ralph Robins Music Scholarship competition.
Each year the local Choral Society offers the Ralph Robins Scholarship Award to a graduating high school senior in New Hanover, Pender or Brunswick County who is an active participant in a vocal performing arts program (school and church choir or choral ensembles). The Ralph Robins Scholarship Award is typically $1,000.
This year the Choral Society awarded scholarships to both Nora Mark and Abigale Hawkins.
Nora Mark is a graduating senior at Eugene Ashley High School with plans to continue her music education as a voice performance major at Florida State University. Nora currently studies voice privately with Sara Westermark and piano with Martha Hayes. She is also a member of Eugene Ashley’s Eagle Ensemble under the direction of Jennifer Sugerik.
Abigale Hawkins began singing in church at the age of 5 and has been performing with community theater productions since she was 8. At her church she sings in the Youth Choir and at New Hanover High School, Abigale is President of Hanover Singers, an honors’ level chorus. Abigale attended the Governor’s School last summer and will be attending UNC-Chapel Hill in the fall.
Additionally, both scholarship winners receive the opportunity for a solo performance as part of the Choral Society’s 67th annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 20th, at 4:00 p.m. in the Wilson Center. The Sunday matinee is titled “Sing Me to Heaven” and is directed by Paula Brinkman.
Featured on the program is John Rutter’s Requiem, a musical setting of parts of the Latin Requiem with added psalms and biblical verses in English. “John Rutter wrote the Requiem in honor of his father,” according to Brinkman, “and since its completion and premiere in 1985, his Requiem has become a modern classic. We so excited to present to the Cape Fear audience our vision of Mr. Rutter’s Requiem featuring soprano soloist Shannon Kessler Dooley and accompanied by a chamber orchestra.”
The Choral Society will pair up Requiem with two other fabulous choral tunes, “Sing Me to Heaven,” by Daniel Gawthrop, written just a few years after the Rutter Requiem in 1991, and Gabriel Faure’s “Cantique de Jean Racine,” written in 1865 when Faure was only 19 years old! It has become one of his most popular works.
Food donations will be collected in the lobby that day for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard food bank.
Reserved seat tickets are $16 and $20. There are three ways to get tickets: 1) In-person from the Wilson Center, 703 N. 3rd Street; 2) by phone from the Cape Fear Stage Box Office at the Wilson Center (910) 362-7999; or 3) online at.www.wilmingtonchoralsociety.com.
Parking is available at the adjacent CFCC Parking Deck for $5 per car, or in City of Wilmington parking decks for $1 per hour. On-street parking is free on Sundays.
The Wilmington Choral Society, founded in 1950 as the Wilmington Oratorio Society, is dedicated to high performance standards in presenting master works of choral literature, as well as a variety of contemporary selections. The Choral Society has established itself as an integral part of the area’s cultural community, and its community outreach extends to annual music scholarships and donations to Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard. In recent years, the Society has grown to more than 100 voices hailing from New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender and Duplin Counties. The Choral Society is supported by member dues, ticket sales and donations.
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