In a fitting tribute to the beginning of summer, the New Ark Chorale group, directed by Dr. Michael H. Larkin, performs “An American Tapestry VII” on May 30, 2010. Touted as a performance of “music celebrating America,” the event includes a patriotic sing-along with the audience, recognition of war veterans and a traditional ice cream social held after the concert.
Founded in 1977 by Larkin, the New Ark Chorale has made a name for itself as one of the most prominent choral groups in the Delaware Valley area. The group presents itself as being interested in performing “innovative, unique concert programming” sung at the highest level of excellence. The group performs a wide range of music, easily going from centuries-old classical pieces to modern-day pop favorites.
Larkin has long been a presence in the Delaware musical community, working with various public and religious groups throughout his career. He currently teaches voice at the Wilmington Music School in Wilmington, Del., and serves as the Delaware state chairperson for community choirs. In the past, Larkin has taken a select group from Wilmington on successful tours in other countries, including Austria and Italy. Besides directing, Larkin has made a name for himself as a composer, with more than 200 of his compositions for choir and keyboard in print.
The event takes place at 7pm in the Newark United Methodist Church. The church, which is located at 69 E. Main Street in Newark, Del., is handicapped accessible, and provides childcare during the concert. Regular tickets are $15, with those for seniors set at $12 and those for students available at $5. Tickets can be purchased at the door or ahead of time by calling 302.368.4946. For directions and more information about the group and its director, visit www.newarkchorale.org.