Interlochen Arts Academy Choir to present free concert at Central United Methodist Church

The students will perform a variety of secular and sacred songs during the March 1 performance titled “To Be Sung on the Water.”

On Sunday, March 1, at 3 p.m., the Interlochen Arts Academy Choir will present a free concert in Traverse City’s historic Central United Methodist Church. The program will be conducted by John Bragle and accompanied by pianist Ya-Ju Chuang.

The performance, titled “To Be Sung on the Water,” takes its name from Samuel Barber’s work of the same name and explores humanity’s varied and often complicated relationship with water through song. Each song examines a facet of our experience with water: As a gathering place, a healing balm, a destructive force, a metaphor for challenges, a vital resource for agriculture, and a tainted commodity.

The full program for the concert includes:

  • “At the River” by Aaron Copland
  • Alleluia for the Waters by Daniel Pinkham
  • “To Be Sung on the Water” by Samuel Barber
  • “Romancero Gitano” by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco (featuring Arts Academy guitar student Blaize Oswald)
  • “A Glimpse of Snow and Evergreen” from Pictures of the Northwest by Vijay Singh
  • “The Water is Wide” from River Songs by Gwyneth Walker
  • “Famine Song” by Matthew Culloton

The program will conclude with a performance of Andrea Ramsey’s timely work “But a Flint Holds Fire.” The piece couples Christina Rossetti’s poetry with statements from Flint, Michigan students about the water crisis in their city.

“We’re delighted to bring this program to the people of Traverse City, and so pleased to offer a free performance at Central United Methodist Church for the eighth year in a row,” said John Bragle, Director of Choirs at Interlochen Arts Academy. “As a city located on the Great Lakes, home of the Maritime Academy, and situated in the banks of the Boardman River, Traverse City has a deep connection to its waterways—for business, for pleasure, for life. We hope this program will inspire our audience to view water in a new way and to protect a critical, often-overlooked resource.”

Central United Methodist Church is located at 222 Cass Street in Traverse City, Michigan. Tickets are not required.