Nature songs shared by local choir


CEDAR CITY – With the temperatures dropping and the leaves changing color, September is a beautiful time of year to enjoy nature. It’s also the perfect time to hear Red Rock Singers on their fall concert, “Nature Songs.”

These advanced adult singers are preparing a concert that focuses on the beauties of the world around us, to be held on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 7:30 p.m., at Southern Utah Museum of Art, 13 S. 300 West in Cedar City. Admission is free though donations are encouraged.

Choral music has a strong basis in themes of the natural world.

“Music and nature move us in similar ways,” says director Dr. Keith Bradshaw. “I believe that is why so much music combines with elements of nature so well, whether in Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, or Mahler’s Song of the Earth, or even Bob Dylan’s Blowin’ in the Wind. We write and sing about what moves us, including nature.”

The concert will feature a broad spectrum of musical styles, from the Beatles’ Here Comes the Sun to Randall Thompson’s setting of Robert Frost’s poem The Road Not Taken; from Harry Belafonte’s Turn the World Around to Samuel Barber’s Under the Willow Tree. Other favorites include When You Wish Upon a Star, the folksong Homeward Bound, and Rainsong by Houston Bright.

Red Rock Singers is Iron County’s acclaimed mixed choir, directed by Drs. Bradshaw and Steven Meredith, and accompanied by Tracey Bradshaw. It began in February 2015 and has, since then, worked with well-known choral directors Dr. Ronald Staheli, professor emeritus of Brigham Young University, and Dr. Ryan Murphy of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Most recently, they have been involved with track recordings for the Cultural Celebration of the Cedar City LDS Temple. Red Rock Singers welcomes new members through audition.

Find the group online at facebook.com/redrocksingers, at redrocksingers@gmail.com, or by calling (435) 531-9462.

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