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World-renowned composer to rehearse with Highland Community Chorus

Paul Carey
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The Highland Community Chorus (HCC) will welcome world-renowned composer Paul Carey to its Nov. 14 rehearsal from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland. This rehearsal will be open to the public.

HCC will be premiering Carey’s The Nativity of Our Lord at its Christmas concerts on Dec. 10 at St. Dominic Church in Breese and on Dec. 11 at St. Paul Church in Highland.

After thoroughly enjoying performing Carey’s Late Have I Loved You last year, HCC director Luanne Murphy searched for more of his music and came upon this Christmas piece that had never been performed.

The Nativity of Our Lord is a short suite for a cappella SATB chorus (with divisi). Mr. Carey has selected six verses in Latin that describe the joy and wonder of the Christmas story. Modern harmonies hark back to the organum of the Medieval era with many open fourths and fifths, often in two tonalities at the same time, creating rich, complex sonorities.

Carey studied composition with Alfred Blatter and Ben Johnston at the University of Illinois. His graduate studies were at Yale University.

Carey’s compositions have been performed by choirs worldwide and at ACDA, MENC, OAKE, and AGO conventions across America. His Rise Up, Emma Lazarus was the winner of The New York Treble Singers 2003 composition competition. Esta Tarde, Mi Bien (This Evening, My Love) was the winner of the Cambridge Madrigal Singers Competition in 2004.

In 2009, Carey was appointed lead choral teacher and conductor of the famed North Carolina Governor’s School, held each summer in Raleigh, N.C., for 800 of the state’s finest students in 10 different disciplines. In 2009, and again in 2011, he was a featured guest composer/conductor of choirs in South Korea and Hong Kong. Carey’s music is published by Oxford University Press, Walton, Roger Dean, Santa Barbara, Colla Voce, and Kjos. His music is also available directly at paulcarey.net.

Tickets for the Christmas concert featuring the premiere performance of Carey’s piece are available on the HCC website, highlandcommunitychorus.org. Season ticket holders receive discounts and reserved seating.