Clarion University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Henry A. Alviani and accompanied by Bonnie Ferguson, will perform a diverse and eclectic program at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Marwick-Boyd Auditorium. Admission is free.
The concert is dedicated to honor the memory of Emily Beers, daughter of David (’76) and Tracey Beers, Corsica, who passed away Aug. 22. She was a gifted accompanist in the community and at Clarion University.
The concert will feature pieces from across the choral spectrum, historically and stylistically. Concert Choir will open with a motet by the English Renaissance composer Orlando Gibbons, Almighty and Everlasting God, a setting of the American hymn Ye Boundless Realms of Glory by Alice Parker, and a setting of Psalms 122: 1 & 7, Laetatus sum by the classical composer Michael Haydn, younger brother of Franz Josef. Senior music education major Kyle Hart will conduct “Hallelujah” from the Romantic composer Ludwig van Beethoven’s oratorio Mount of Olives, last performed at Clarion University in 2003 when it was accompanied by Miss Beers. This will be followed by Heavenly Light by the Russian Romantic composer Alexander Kopolow, and Moses Hogan’s arrangement of the spiritual I Can Tell the World. The Concert Choir Men will conclude this portion of the program with Dirait-on by American composer Morten Lauridsen.
Chamber Singers will open with Emma Lou Diemer’s Dance, Dance My Heart, followed by the “Alleluia” from J. S. Bach’s motet Lobet den Herr, alle Heidn. A series of ethnic pieces follows: Janger, a traditional Balinese folksong arranged by Budi Susanto Yohanes; Five Hebrew Love Songs composed by Eric Whitacre, with Joan Cullen accompanying on violin; and a setting by Venezuelan composer Antonio Estévez of Alberto Torrealba’s poem Mata del Anima Sola (“Tree of the Lonely Soul”) featuring tenor soloist Robert Milanich. The men of Chamber Singers will perform Franz Biebl’s setting of Ave Maria, Angelus Domini. The Chamber Singers will conclude with arrangements by two American composers of two popular tunes: Oh, dear! What can the matter be? by Gail Kubik, and I’ll ay call in by yon town by Mack Wilberg for four-hand piano played by Bonnie Ferguson and Milea Schall.
The Concert Choir Women will return to perform “In caelum fero” from Karl Jenkins’s Songs of Sanctuary. They will be joined by the Concert Choir Men and percussionist Nick Cheatle to conclude the concert with An Afro-Celtic Diddle by Michael Coolen; Gerald Custer’s setting of the poem Innisfree by William Butler Yeats; and Peace in this House by Mac Huff.
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