June 10. 2015 2:19PM

NH Master Chorale delivers 'Last Letter Home' from Civil War


The New Hampshire Master Chorale and Chamber Orchestra this weekend perform “The Last Letter Home,” in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and in tribute to military personnel past and present.

Conducted by Dan Perkins, the ensembles are scheduled to play a 7 p.m. performance Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Concord, with a Civil War reenactment by the Fifth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers on the State House lawn beginning at 10 a.m.; and a concert Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Plymouth Congregational Church, preceded at 3 p.m. by a Baker Valley Band performance on the Plymouth Common.

The New Hampshire Master Chorale, a group of 30 local music teachers, vocalists and choral music enthusiasts, has been working on Lee Hoiby’s “Last Letter Home,” which sets to music the text of a letter written by U.S. Army tank crewman Jesse Givens to his wife and children in 2003.

This weekend’s programs also will include “Battle Pieces” by Master Chorale composer-in-residence Jonathan Santore, who drew inspiration from the poetry of Herman Melville, along with Civil War-era music and African American spirituals.

Cost ranges from $15 to $30, with free admission for active service personnel and veterans of the U.S., as well as for children.

For more information about attending the chorale and orchestra show, visit nhmc.ticketleap.com/last-letter-home.