Art is a manifestation of emotion, and emotion speaks a language that all may understand.

– W. Somerset Maugham

Something all mankind has in common is EMOTIONS. The origin of the emotion and their intensity may differ, but they are present inside each one of us in varying degrees. This spring, the Hilton Head Choral Society is looking forward to leading their audience on an exploration of emotions by demonstrating through song how art can evoke various emotions in their “INSPIRED BY ART” spring concert on Friday, April 12 at 7 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway.

Each song featured throughout the concert is sure to spark a different emotion in the hearts of those in attendance. The repertoire for the evening ranges from upbeat melodies to somber tunes. Some of these songs may sound familiar to you, while others could be entirely new. But each thoughtfully selected song was chosen with a particular emotion in mind:

  • Love – “Omnia Sol” (Z. Randall Stroope)
  • Hope – “All My Hope” (Dave Brubeck)
  • Joy – “Hallelujah Amen” (G.F. Handel)
  • Beauty – “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” (Rodgers & Hammerstein)
  • Sorrow – “Send in the Clowns” (Stephen Sondheim)
  • Humor – “I Bought Me A Cat” (Aaron Copland)
  • Passion – “The Impossible Dream” (Dale Wasserman)
  • Courage – “The Last Words of David” (Randall Thompson)
  • Time – “Away from the Roll of the Sea” (Allister MacGillivray)

On this magically “artful” evening, the 65 voice Hilton Head Choral Society will be accompanied by the orchestra and very talented soloists:  Samantha Bock, Julia Miller and David Coyle. The pure voices of these soloists’ vocals will surely be a fantastic addition to the evening and truly enhance the performances of these emotion-provoking songs.

As concertgoers enter the church the evening of the concert, they will enjoy an art display passionately created by members of PEP (Programs for Exceptional People). PEP is a non-profit in the Hilton Head area with the mission of promoting the independence, social interaction, and employment opportunities for individuals who live with developmental, physical, and intellectual disabilities. Through their programs, they provide an inclusive environment where members read, learn, exercise, work, and engage with peers. The Choral Society loves to include the community in our concerts … we can’t wait for you to see these talented artists’ masterpieces!

“Art and emotions are at the heart of everything we sing throughout the season,” says Dr. Dustin Ousley, Artistic Director of the Choral Society. “It’s exhilarating to devote an entire concert to these deep emotions that are expressed through song. I think the audience is sure to feel the passion, hope and joy presented in each piece.”

Tickets are available now. For more information or for assistance placing your ticket order, call 843-341-3818 or email tickets@hiltonheadchoralsociety.org.