On Friday, May 12th, 40 voices from the North Carolina Master Chorale will perform selections written on texts exploring the theme War and Peace. Under the direction of NCMC Music Director Alfred Sturgis, the choir’s selections include a four-movement song cycle based on the poetry of Walt Whitman, A Procession Winding around Me.

This piece recounts the battle experience through the eyes of a Civil War soldier. On the eve of the conflict, soldiers wrestle with their fear and long for the peace of home. Next, the beating drums signal the continuing march of war. Evening brings reflection and the desolate remains of the battlefield. Finally, “Reconciliation” completes the cycle of war renewing humanity and contrasting the horrors of violence and injustice.

The Master Chorale program features the traditional When Johnny Comes Marching Home, by Wilhousky; Flanders Fields, text by John McRae and music by Paul A. Aitken; and works by Josquin, Bach, and Mendelssohn. The 7:30pm concert will be held at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church. Forty voices will be accompanied by pianist Susan Lohr and guitarist Ed Stephenson.

For tickets or for more information, please contact the North Carolina Master Chorale at (919) 856-9700 or visit the Master Chorale’s website, ncmasterchorale.org.