April 21, 2008


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LEWISBURG, Pa. — Bucknell University's Rooke Chapel Ringers will present its annual spring concert on Saturday, April 26, at 8 p.m. in Rooke Chapel at Bucknell.

The concert, which is free to the public, will feature two works by conductor William Payn as well as other original compositions by Kevin McChesney, Karen Buckwalter and Dean Wagner.

A highlight of the concert will be five popular classics arranged for handbells: "Bouree" by J.S. Bach; "Passacaglia" by G.F. Handel; "Plink, Plank, Plunk" by Leroy Anderson; "Sabre Dance" by Aram Khachaturian; and the Ringers' signature piece, "Farandole" by Georges Bizet.

Choir tour to South America
The Rooke Chapel Choir will present a concert of music to be sung on their concert tour to Argentina and Uruguay on Sunday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. in Rooke Chapel.

The free concert will feature significant choral literature of the past five centuries including music by William Byrd, Jacobus Gallus, Heinrich Schutz, Morten Lauridsen, and Eleanor Daley.

A 21st century work, "When David Heard" by Eric Whitacre, will feature Bucknell junior Jerec Ricci, tenor. The performance will close with traditional American spirituals and folk hymns including "Beautiful City," arranged by Andre Thomas; "Lord, Make Me an Instrument," arranged by M.Roger Holland; "The Battle of Jericho," arranged by Moses Hogan; "Amazing Grace," arranged by John Rutter, and "John the Revelator," arranged by Caldwell and Ivory.

The chapel choir will depart May 20 for South America with concerts in Montevideo, Colonia, Rosario and Buenos Aires.

Ringers and Choir
The Rooke Chapel Ringers were organized in 1983 under Payn's direction. The 15 members are selected by audition and represent diverse major fields of study at Bucknell University. The choir plays regularly for Protestant worship services on campus and participates in the traditional ringing-in-of-Christmas at Candlelight services in Rooke Chapel each December. This popular performance, taped and repeatedly televised by PBS for national distribution, was nominated for an Emmy in 1996 and 2004.

Under Payn's direction, the Rooke Chapel Choir has gained international recognition for its creative interpretations of some of the most significant 20th-century American sacred repertory. The select members represent nearly every major field of study at Bucknell. The choir's popular Candlelight Service of Carols attracts capacity crowds to Rooke Chapel for three performances every December. Since 1987, PBS productions of this annual holiday service have received national distribution by the Central Education Television Network. The choir was nominated for an Iris Award in 1989 and an Emmy in 1996 and 2004.

Contact: Division of Communications

Posted April 21, 2008

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