Sunday, November 18 at 7:30 p.m. the Hymns of Thanksgiving choir and orchestra are performing at the Centurylink Arena in Downtown Boise. The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. with free admission to come and listen to the assembled Idaho choir and orchestra. Guests are also invited to provide a monetary donation for the Idaho Food bank at the front doors.
The choir has two hundred and seventy five members along with the several members of the orchestra who are performing eighteen songs. The songs vary between classical music written by Joseph Haydn to songs written within the last two centuries. One of the choir members, Monty Law, says that some of his favorite songs are “It is well with my soul” and “Achieved in the Glorious Work.” They have been practicing their pieces since October fourth in preparation. Some of the songs were very difficult to learn such as,”I can tell the world” and “O clap your hands,” according to Monty Law.
The directors of this performance can not be forgotten. James Jirak, Marvin E. Stallcop, Marcellus Brown are all experienced musicians that have been directing the music for this year’s performance. James Jarik has been the director for the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale since 1996 and he is also a music professor at Boise State University. Marvin E. Stallcop is in his twelfth year of directing for Hymns of Thanksgiving choir. Marcellus Brown is a director for several other bands and orchestras in the Treasure Valley. This will be Browns fourteenth year as artistic director of Hymns of Thanksgiving. This years orchestra and choir are well prepared to wow their audience.
If you are in the mood for a way to get into the Thanksgiving feeling head on over to the Centurylink Arena November 18 7:30 p.m. and enjoy the music of Idaho.