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April 22, 2005


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Rooke Chapel Ringers and Rooke Chapel Choir will perform in their annual spring concerts April 30 and May 1.

Both concerts are open to the public without charge.

The Rooke Chapel Ringers concert begins at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in Rooke Chapel.

Conducted by William Payn, the program includes music by Dobrinski, Gramann, McChesney and Moklebust.

A highlight of the program will be "Visions," a new work by Payn, who adds, "Many traditional tunes will be heard including two Welsh hymns, Greensleeves, Hava Nageela and the ringers' signature piece, Farandole by Georges Bizet."

The Rooke Chapel Choir concert, conducted by Payn, begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in Rooke Chapel, with accompanist David Cover and the Bucknell Chamber Orchestra.

The choir will sing the Bach Magnificat with the Chamber Orchestra and guest soloists, including three alumni Marissa Luciani, Scott Benedict and Amanda Robie.

The choir also will perform "With What Shall I Come Before The Lord?" a new work by Payn which was commissioned by Bucknell University for the 40th anniversary of Rooke Chapel in honor of Robert and Natalie Rooke.

According to Payn, "The first half of the Spring Concert will include music by Tschesnokof, Hovland, Riehle as well as a new work by Bucknell junior David Tomasacci (from Shickshinny) and traditional music from our American heritage."

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