April 07, 2008

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LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Concert Chorale will present its annual spring concert on Sunday, April 13, at 2:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts. The concert, "Horizons," is free to the public.

Conducted by Bucknell professor of music William Payn, "Horizons" features music by Joseph Haydn, Frank Ticheli and Williametta Spencer as well as three lullabys, including the Welsh lullaby based on "Suo Gan" from the motion picture Empire of the Sun.

The program also includes five Hebrew Love Songs by Eric Whitacre with featured violinist Marcus Smolensky, and a humorous musical interpretation of "The Lobster Quadrille" from Lewis Carroll's novel Alice in Wonderland with featured tenor Jerec Ricci as the mock turtle.

The title work, "Horizons" by composer Peter Louis Van Dijk, was written at the request of the King's Singers and is a very poignant reminder of the incredible powers of observations of the South African Bushman in the early 1700s. The song laments an African people nearly exterminated by English empire builders in the 18th century.

This is followed by "Baba Yetu," a Swahili adaptation of The Lord's Prayer written by Christopher Tin for the video game "Civilization IV."

The concert will conclude with two traditional spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan.

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 U.S. and abroad.

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Posted April 7, 2008