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Nov. 11, 2004
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Concert Chorale will perform in concert Sunday, Nov. 21, at 2:30 p.m. in the Weis Center. The concert is free to the public.
Conducted by William Payn, professor of music at Bucknell, the program includes vocal and instrumental performances by Bucknell students and faculty.
A highlight of the concert will be Rutter's "Mass of the Children," performed by the Concert Chorale and the Children's Chorus of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale with solos by soprano Amy Rudnitsky Caron of Selinsgrove and baritone James R. White. The Children's Chorus is conducted by Georgia Newlin.
Rutter says he wrote "Mass of the Children" because, as a boy chorister in England, he loved singing major works that included a boys' choir and wanted to write something to give other children a similar opportunity.
According to Payn, the children performing in the "Mass" are all from local towns and rehearse with Newlin every Wednesday afternoon at Bucknell.
"I am always delighted to have the opportunity to work with these musically gifted young people and look forward to sharing their talents with the community," said Payn.
Other works on the program are "Ubi Caritas" by Maurice Durufle; "Salmo 150" by Ernani Aguiar; "Lux Arumque" and "Go, Lovely Rose" by Eric Whitacre; and "Gloria" by John Rutter. "Gloria" will be performed by the Concert Chorale with the Brass and Percussion Ensemble.
Payn, who has been a member of the Bucknell music faculty since 1982, has served as director of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale since 1996.
Newlin, who is an assistant professor of music at Bucknell, has taught in early childhood and public school elementary music positions for 15 years.