November 04, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Concert Chorale will present its fall performance on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell.

The concert, which is free and open to the public, will feature the 70-voice choir singing significant choral music of the 21st century as well as traditional folk songs.

Included in the program are Frank Ticheli's "Earth Song," Bradley Ellinboe's interpretation of Kenneth Patchen's poem, "Be Music, Night," and the celebratory work, "The Promise of Light" by Georgia Stitt.

Premiere of student work
"The Concert Chorale is proud to premiere a new work, 'Invictus,' by Michael Connor who is a graduate student and member of the Concert Chorale," said William Payn, director of the Concert Chorale and professor of music at Bucknell.

Other works in the program are "Unicornis Captivatur," written in 2001 by the Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.

"This extended work was inspired by a compilation of medieval chants which exude drama, joy and a sense of triumph through colorful and powerful symbolism," Payn said.

"Eric Whitacre's 'Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine' tells the story of Leonardo da Vinci being tormented by the calling of the air, tortured to such a degree that his only recourse was to solve the riddle and figure out how to fly."

The performance will conclude with folk songs from around the world including "Loch Lomond" (Scottish), "Shenandoah" (American), "Greensleeves" (English), "La Baylere" (French) and "Anoj Pusej" (Lithuanian).

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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