Monadnock Chorus performs ‘Frostiana’

The Monadnock Chorus, under the direction of Jim Sharrock, will present “Frostiana,” a program of choral music celebrating the poetry of Robert Frost at the Mariposa Museum on Friday at 7 p.m.

The program of pieces set to music by Randall Thompson will include “The Road Not Taken,” “The Pasture,” “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and other familiar Frost poems as well as pieces from Scottish and Irish heritage.

In 1958, preparing for the commemoration of the bicentennial anniversary of its incorporation, the town of Amherst, Mass., commissioned eminent American composer Randall Thompson to set a group of texts by poet Robert Frost. Thompson was, at the time, professor of music at Harvard University, one of the schools at which Frost had taught before finally returning to Amherst College.

The product of the “collaboration” of these two naturalized New Englanders was a seven-song sequence for accompanied mixed chorus, “Frostiana,” which premiered on Oct. 18, 1959, conducted by the composer and with Frost present in the audience.

Jim Sharrock, artistic director of the Chorus, has been a professional oboist/English hornist since 1982. He has conducted for Raylynmor Opera and Keene Lions Club. He and his wife, Cheryl Sharrock, share the music director responsibilities at Jaffrey Bible Church.

Cheryl Sharrock, accompanist, has been part of the Monadnock Chorus family for many years. Her musical career includes being a church music director, composing, arranging, and accompanying for choirs, vocal and instrumental recitals. She is now adjunct faculty at the Keene State College Music Department as accompanist and teacher.

Monadnock Chorus was founded in 1959 to provide area residents, schools and community organizations the opportunity to learn, perform and enjoy some of the world’s most beautiful choral music.

First Friday at the Mariposa begins at 5 p.m. with KidCraft. The theme for August is make your own stamp.

From 6 to 7 p.m. a special reception will be held for the silent auction of the artwork of Folk Artist Jane Kronheim.

All events at the Mariposa for First Friday are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Mariposa at 924-4555 or

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