District 321 choirs present concert

Staff Writer
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

First program with Smithsonian exhibit coming to the library

The Illinois Valley Central High School choral department will present an evening of American Vocal Music at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the school auditorium.

The concert is the first in a series of programs presented in connection with the Smithsonian Institute exhibit New Harmonies to be in the Chillicothe Public Library.

Starting with the first American composer William Billings, IVC’s three choirs will touch on important composers, genres and performers that have shaped the country’s vocal music history. The singers will also explore some characteristics which make American music unique.

In addition to the three choirs, the concert will feature small groups and soloists. Chillicothe Elementary Center’s CEC Singers will join the celebration of vocal music as well.

The concert will feature well-known tunes such as “Amazing Grace” and “The Star Spangled Banner” as well as some lesser-known tunes. IVC choirs director Angie Dorough and her students invite the

public to “please join us for a wonderful night of choral singing at its best.”

New Harmonies: A Celebration of American Roots Music will be on display at the Chillicothe Library from Dec. 11 to Jan. 22. New Harmonies is a part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institute and the Illinois Humanities Council

For more information, visit  the library’s website at www.chillicothepubliclibrary.org for an up-to-date program list.