CEDAR CITY – Red Rock Singers present their annual spring concert “How can I Keep from Singing?,” on Saturday, May 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Utah Museum of Art (13 S. 300 West, Cedar City). A $5 donation is recommended at the door. Please no children under six.
Having recently performed the grand work Carmina Burana with combined SUU choirs, orchestra, and dancers, Red Rock Singers wanted to put together a simpler, more intimate concert.
“Traditional folk songs are the basis for this concert. They are simple in form, yet they have expressive and meaningful messages” says director Dr. Keith Bradshaw. “So many wonderful arrangements of folk songs and hymns exist.” Bradshaw chose both well-known and less-familiar pieces. It is unknown who wrote most of the original folk melodies, but many have survived for centuries and others simply imitate the style.
Besides “How Can I Keep from Singing,” other selections include “Peace Like a River,” “Be Thou My Vision,” “That Lonesome Road,” and “Wade in de Water.”
“’The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan’ is a fun one with quite the satirical story, somewhat appropriate for today’s current climate,” says Bradshaw. He also points out that “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” is arranged like “you’ve never heard before.”
The title and theme of the concert recognizes the importance of music, its effect on individuals and society, and the necessity we all have to, occasionally, sing.
Tracey Bradshaw accompanies Red Rock Singers on the piano. The group 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. Red Rock Singers welcomes new members through audition. For more information, visit facebook.com/redrocksingers or contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.