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The Insiders: If you’re hearing 80 voices today, you’re doing something right

If you hear 80 voices regularly, that might be a sign that something strange is going on. Today, though, you can hear 80 voices without the pressure of all of your friends and family telling you to seek help. That’s because the Concord Chorale is celebrating its 45th birthday – oops, we didn’t get it anything! – with a spring concert at the Capitol Center for the Arts at 3 p.m.

The power of the 80-voice chorale, as well as three professional soloists and a large symphonic orchestra, will fill the Cap Center as they perform Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation,” which was described in press materials as a “sumptuous musical narrative.” Um, you had us at sumptuous. (Don’t lie; they had you, too.)

Things there (probably) won’t be: 18-minute electric guitar solos and mosh pits. But there will be a professional performance of a piece that is rarely played in its entirety, said Kristofer Johnson, music director of the chorale, because of its “big sound” requirements. Sounds like kind of a big deal. Besides, you only turn 45 once, so why not do it in style? Tickets are $25 for adults and $20 for students and seniors, and are available from chorale members or by calling 463-5504. Tickets are also available at the Capitol Center box office, by calling 225-1111 or online at ccanh.com. For more information, visit concordchorale.org.

(Email the Insiders at theinsiders@cmonitor.com.)

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