LAYTON - It’s a night of music that will help make life a little easier for others.
The Davis Master Chorale is teaming up with the Davis County Symphony for its spring concert, set for April 26 at 7 p.m. at Layton High School. This year, the money raised at the concert will provide a swimming and pizza party for families who have children with autism.
“It gives them a chance to go out as a family and not be concerned by potential behavior problems,” said Art Mountford, a member of the group. “They can just relax and be themselves.”
In addition, the chorale will award one $1,000 scholarship created entirely of money donated by chorale members. The scholarship goes to a Davis County high school senior who has excelled at both academics and music.
“We pass a bucket around every practice until we’ve raised the money,” said Mountford.
The scholarship’s 2013 recipient, Mckenzie Smith, will be in attendance as a member of the Davis County Symphony. This year’s recipient, however, won’t know if they join the ranks until his or her name is announced.
“It’s a surprise for them,” he said.
There will also be plenty of surprises for the audience during the concert, with musical selections that cover a wide variety of styles and tastes. One of the focal points of the evening will be “Te Deum,” composed by Dan Forest for the choir and orchestra.
“It’s a very serious number,” said Mountford. “It’s almost a requiem.”
“Animal Crackers,” another song that will be included in the concert, has lighthearted lyrics by the poet Ogden Nash.
“As we’ve practiced it, we’ve gotten to really like it,” he said.
Another number, “Les Chansons des Roses,” gets its lyrics from a poem by Rainer Maria Rilke. The song is sung entirely in French.
“We had to learn the language to be able to pronounce all of the words correctly,” said Mountford. “It was kind of a challenge.”
The suggested donation is $5 per person or $20 per family of five or more, but any support is welcome.