First Inversion, one of the newest of Rochester's myriad choral groups, is already nearing the end of its first season. For the season finale this week, director Lee Wright will lead an evening of spirituals and folksongs — both of which have been fertile material for classical composers for centuries. Along with a survey of African-American spirituals and some settings of familiar British folksongs, First Inversion will perform a couple of German songs arranged by the prolific late-romantic German composer Max Reger. The featured work is the Chansons Francaises by Francis Poulenc — the vocal and choral master's arrangements of French folksongs with delightfully Poulenc-y harmonic twists.
First Inversion performs "Spirituals and Folk Songs" on Friday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, April 25, at 8 p.m., at Downtown United Presbyterian Church, 121 North Fitzhugh Street. $10-$20. firstinversion.org.