Choral concert debuts OCMS original composition

02/19/2013 - 7:00pm

Poetry and music share many attributes, and a special concert by the Oldham County Middle School will bring the two art forms even closer together.

Choral director Charles Noderer has composed a new piece written to a poem written by Wendell Berry.

Berry is a renowned author, National Humanities recipient and Henry County native.

Noderer, who composed the piece with his son Mark, received permission from Berry to use his poem "And I Beg Your Pardon."

The four-line poem opens with "First mosquito," which hints at another choir project, Noderer said.

Each year the OCMS choirs perform a benefit concert to raise money for non-profit organizations.

"This year we are raising money for mosquito nets for children in developing countries where malaria is a serious problem," Noderer said. "We are using this concert to introduce our project."

Berry has been invited to the concert but Noderer said he doesn't know yet if Berry will attend.

Not only is the concert the composition's debut -- it's also Noderer's last with the choir.

After 43 years, Noderer is retiring -- a fact even he can't quite believe.

The concert is at 7 p.m. Feb. 19 at La Grange Baptist Church.

Poem text:
First mosquito
Come here
And I will kill thee
Holy though thou art