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Choir & Orchestra: Fern Hill
Friday, March 3, 2017 - 7:30pm
Choir & Orchestra: Fern Hill

CHOIR: Fern Hill

Friday, March 3 at 7:30 PM

Sunday, March 5 at 4 PM

First United Methodist Church
1838 SW Jefferson Street


$12 General admission
$7 Students and seniors

Tickets available through the PSU Box Office: or 503.725.3307


About the Concert

The PSU Orchestra joins the Chamber Choir, Man Choir and Vox Femina to perform Copland's "Appalachian Spring" and other American masterworks, including John Corigliano's setting of the Dylan Thomas poem "Fern Hill." 

“Appalachian Spring” won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945; that same year, Dylan Thomas wrote “Fern Hill,” a poem about an old man reminiscing about his carefree youth on a farm, nostalgic for those magical days. Composer John Corigliano, who studied with Aaron Copland, set the poem to music in this work for choir, orchestra and mezzo-soprano soloist.

The Portland State Man Choir and Vox Femina, Portland State’s single-gender choirs, also present shorter choral works including “Zion's Walls” by Aaron Copland, “The Last Words of David” by Randall Thompson (one of Copland's teachers), and “Lux Aurumque” and “Five Hebrew Love Songs” by Eric Whitacre (who studied with Corigliano). 

Together, this program presents a miniature history of the most beautiful works of American classical music.