The Fearrington Village Singers, under the professional direction of Matt Fry, will present an evening of choral music at The Barn in Fearrington Village on Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door. All are welcome.
The program will include a musical montage of songs sure to appeal to a wide variety of musical tastes. The program title, “And This Shall Be for Music,” comes from a poem by the great Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson. Stevenson’s poem, “I Will Make You Brooches,” focuses on romantic love, but includes this phrase: “And this shall be for music when no one else is near, the fine song for singing, the rare song to hear!” The phrase captures each singer’s joy in singing and hearing music of many different eras and genres, which here include Jazz (“The Joint is Jumpin’ ” and “And All that Jazz”); Broadway (“One” from A Chorus Line and “Try to Remember” from The Fantasticks); Big Band and movie favorites from American composers Rogers and Hart (“Where or When”); Cole Porter (“Night and Day” and “It’s De-Lovely”) and George Gershwin (“I’ve Got a Crush on You”); inspirational anthems (“Cantate Domino” and “We Are The Voices”); Folk (“Where the Green Willow Grows”); Barbershop (“Give Me a Barbershop Song”); popular songs from different eras (“Ma, He’s Makin’ Eyes at Me,” “I Would Be True” and “Walk Like a Man”) round out the program.
The 75-member Fearrington Village Singers (FVS) community chorus produces annual holiday and spring concerts for the entertainment and enjoyment of friends, strangers, neighbors, families and the singers themselves. FVS concerts have wide audience appeal and include standards, contemporary songs, and classical selections.
Director Matt Fry teaches chorus and drama at Jordan Matthews High School in Siler City. He is a graduate of Missouri Western State University, where he was named Outstanding Graduate in Vocal Music. Since relocating to North Carolina in 2000, Fry has sung with the Duke Chapel Choir and SONAM (the Society of New and Ancient Music). During his career, he has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Walt Disney Center, and venues in South Africa, Namibia, Brazil and Austria.
Accompanist Leigh Denny, pianist at Chapel in the Pines in Chapel Hill, studied piano at Elon College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She teaches piano and sings with Women’s Voices Chorus of Chapel Hill.
Accompanist Vera Graye is an honors graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University in Music Education and Piano. In addition to singing with the Fearrington Village Singers, she sings in the Pollyfonix, a Fearrington Village a cappella group.
Fearrington Village is located approximately 9 miles south of Chapel Hill on U.S. 15-501. The Barn is located in the Village commercial center next door to The Fearrington House Inn. Tickets are available at the door for $10.