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B4 Wednesday, April 18, 2018 i, ' ;. Shepherd's Masterworks Chorale, orchestra performance set for Saturday cott Gendel's brilliant full-length oratorio "Barbara Allen" gets its East Coast 1 premiere Saturday as Shepherd University's Masterworks Chorale takes the stage at 8 p.m. inside the Frank Center Theater. The vocal ensemble includes 100 singers, both Shepherd vocal stu- dents and musical members of the community. Gendel's new work takes the tra- ditional folk ballad and creates a wild, nearly operatic journey with a huge array of musical textures to create an emotional tour-de-force. Rachel Carlson - the director of choral activities at Shepherd who leads the school's Chamber Sing- ers and Women's Camerata as well as Masterworks Chorale - will di- rect this weekend's secular orato- rio based on the traditional Appala- chian folk tune. The roots of ,Barbara Allen" go back to Scotland in the 1600s and often is called "the folk song that everyone knows." Brought to the mountains of Appalachia by Scotch-Irish settlers, the song cen- ters on the tragic love of two young people who pass away and are bur- ied side by side. A rose springs from the chest of one and a briar from the other, with the two vines climbing a nearby church tower and becoming entwined, symbolizing their union in death. Saturday's concert will feature a professional orchestra as well as so- prano Brooke Evers-Moore and ten- or Joseph Regan. Evers-Moore, an adjunct music professor at Shepherd, studied as a Fulbright Scholar in Austria and has performed as a soloist at The Ken- nedy Center and the National Ca- thedral and has portrayed Maria in the Vienna Choral Society's staging of "The Sound of Music." Regan has made solo appearanc- es at The Kennedy Center and else- where and has sung many of the great works of Bach and more than a dozen cantatas. Every year, the Masterworks Cho- rale presents two full-length con- certs based on masterpieces from choral literature. Usually the con- certs involve classics so this con- temporary work is a departure. General admission for "Barbara Allen" is $15 or free for Shepherd students (with a valid Rambler ID). Faculty, staff, Shepherd alumni, se- nior citizens and students 18 and un- der pay $10. Admission and seating is first-come, first-served and there are no advance sales or reservations. The box office will open at 7 p.m. WANT TO GO? Shepherd University's Masterworks Chorale pres. ents "Barbara Allen,' the oratorio based on the aditional Appala- chian folk tune, at 8p.m. Saturday inside the Center Theater: General admission for"Barbara Allen" is $t5 or free for Shepherd i i!i students (with a valid Rambler ID). Faculty; s ffi Shepherd alumni; senior citizens and students 18 and under pay drnissirn and: L seating is first-come, first, served and there are no ad ce sales or reservations. The box omce will open at 7 Joan Baez's version of the folk song "Barbara Allen" includes the lines: "Oh moth- er, oh mother go dig my gravel Make it both long and narrow,/Sweet William died of love for me I And I will die of sorrow. I And father, oh father, go dig my grave I Make it both long and narrow, I Sweet William died on yesterday 1And I will die tomorrow. I Barbara Allen was buried in the old churchyard I Sweet William was buried beside her, I Out of sweet William's heart, there grew a rose I Out of Barbara Allen's a briar. I They grew and grew in the old churchyard I Till they could grow no higher I At the end they formed, a true lover's knot 1And the rose grew round the briar." ABOVE: Scott Gendel, who lives in Virginia near the Tennessee border, is the 40- year-old composer behind "Barbara Allen." Gendel's oratorio is based on the traditional Appalachian folk tune. He has degrees from Bard College and the University of Wisconsin- Madison. BELOW: Shepherd University's Masterworks Chorale - the vocal ensemble with more than 100 singers including Shepherd vocal students and members of the community - performs "Barbara Allen" Saturday night at the Frank Center Theater. Jazz I Thursday Shepherd University of- fers "Jazz -n- Java" at 7 p.m. at the Marinoff Theater with performances from the school's jazz ensemble and jazz combos. Coffee and oth- er refreshments are includ- ed with admission. Tickets are $15 for general admis- sion, free to Shepherd stu- dents (with Rambler ID) and $10 for senior citizes, those 18 and younger, and Shep- herd staff, faculty and alums. Learn more at shepherd.edu/ music or by calling 304-876- 5555. i r Discounted Screening Fee Cash, Check, Credit Card A physician's order is not required, but pa#ents must register by phone. Any patient without a physician will be assigned one to receive test results. Berkeley 3D Tomo older at ii '~ ' i I'("I~IL ,U":~ili!' ili"ii"i:ii,i ii Medical Center and Jefferson Medical Center will be offering Digital Mammogram Screening Clinics to women age 35 and a discounted "community service" fee during the Month of May. WWYU BERKELEY MEDICAL CENTER Women's Imaging Center Located across from Berkeley Medical Center on Tennessee Avenue Saturday, May 5, 12, 19, 26 8 am to 3 pm JEFFERSON MEDICAL CENTER Women's Imaging Center Located across from Jefferson Medical Center Saturday, May 5, 12, 19 8 am to 3 pm -, ~ ~ ~o.~ ~?~-~ -~.+ ' "'~ " " ~i"'=~''~'~=~" "~s " + 1- Free film I Friday The Shepherdstown "Film Society's spring series wraps up Friday with "A Better Life" - the 2011 story of a gardener in East L.A. strug- gling to keep his son away from gangs and immigration agents and trying to give his son opportunities he'd never had. The free showing begins at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Hall at 109 N. King St. on the cam- pus of Shepherd Universi- ty. For details, go online to shepherdstownfilmsociety. org. "Cabaret" I Starting April 27 The Old Opera House brings "Cabaret" to the stage for seven performances start- ing April 27 at the historic theater at 204 N. George St. in Charles Town. The story unfolds in a Ber- lin nightclub in the late 1920s where Cliff, a young Amer- ican writer newly arrived in Germany, becomes trans- fixed by English singer Sally Bowles. For details or to se- cure tickets, call the Old Op- era House box office at 304- 725-4420 or go to oldopera- house.org. (See OUT Page B9) f