April 14, 2009


By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Concert Chorale will present its spring concert, "Icons," on Saturday, April 18, at 7:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts.

Conducted by William Payn, the program will include featured artists Ron Bixler, saxophone, William Kenny, horn and the Bucknell University Jazz Band. The concert is open to the public free of charge.

Choral, Broadway and Big Band icons
The chorale will sing music representing choral icons spanning five centuries including Palestrina, Haydn, Brahms, Randall Thompson and Eric Whitacre during the first part of the concert.

Following intermission, the chorale will sing the music of Broadway and motion picture icons Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein and Victor Young including music from "Candide", "Company", "Sweeney Todd", "Into the Woods" and the movie, "Sleepless in Seattle."

The program will conclude with the music of Louis Prima, the Big Band icon of the 1930s. The Bucknell University Jazz Band will join the Concert Chorale for an arrangement of "Sing, Sing, Sing (with a swing)", written by Prima in 1936.

Mixed chorus
The Bucknell University Concert Chorale is a mixed chorus of students from various fields of study at Bucknell. Formed in 1964 by Allen Flock, the Chorale presents annual programs of secular and sacred music.

In addition to public concerts on campus, the ensemble has traveled extensively throughout the United States, including a performance at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City. The ensemble has sung with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, the Chorale of Simon Bolivar of Caracas, Venezuela, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and for the Music Educators' National Conference. In a concert with the New York University Choral Arts Society, the Chorale performed in Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall.

Payn, who also serves as music director and conductor for the Susquehanna Valley Chorale and Orchestra, is nationally known as a clinician and festival conductor. His published works are performed extensively in the United States and abroad.

Contact: Division of Communications

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