Veteran conductor Philip Evancho will lead the Craven Community Chorus in presenting its annual spring concert in sessions Thursday, Saturday and Sunday.
Evancho founded the chorus nearly three decades ago.
The concert “Magnificat/Disney Magic” is scheduled at Orringer Auditorium on the New Bern campus of Craven Community College.
The shows will be at 7 p.m. Thursday and at 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Tickets are available from any chorus member and also at Fuller’s Music and the Bank of the Arts. On the days of the concert, tickets also will be available at the Orringer box office.
Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door.
The spring concert series will feature a return performance of John Rutter’s “Magnificat.” The text was written in Latin and taken from the “Song of Mary.”
Rutter weaves traditional choral singing with a lively, rhythmic Latin beat.
The second movement, written in English, is based on an old English poem titled “Of a Rose, a Lovely Rose.” It is lyrical and peaceful and provides a refreshing contrast to the driving energy found in the surrounding movements.
Soaring melodies and artfully crafted orchestral accompaniment will be provided by pianist Gera Howe and Rachel Pino of the 15-member Trent River Chamber Players.
The second half of the show takes a trip down memory lane and relives the “Magic of Disney.”
Three nostalgic medleys span the Disney era, from the late 1930s to the all-new Academy Award-winning song “Let It Go,” from the film “Frozen.”
Disney favorites include: “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah,” “Whistle While You Work,” “It’s a Small World After All,” “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Arabian Nights,” “Hukana Matata,” “Colors of the Wind” and “Circle of Life.”