November 30, 2012
Groups integrate for Masterworks concertWith only 25 days left until Christmas Day, the music performed at this Saturday's Masterworks Concert is sure to put both students and faculty in the holiday spirit.
The concert is set to feature the university's choir, chorale and orchestra and will take place at 8 p.m. in Weber Chapel Auditorium.
Associate Professor of Music Jennifer Wiley will serve as conductor for this year's concert. She mentioned that the department presents dozens of concerts and recitals in a variety of formats, but this will be the first time they perform what Wiley says, is their "most substantial work in the program," French composer Francis Poulenc's "Gloria."
"I have been teaching here at Susquehanna for 15 years now, and this is our first time performing the piece," Wiley said. "We usually present a choral masterwork every other year." A choral masterwork consists of combined choirs and orchestra.
The program will be presented in two parts. The first half will feature only the chorale, directed by Assistant Professor of Music Colin Armstrong.
Wiley said the chorale will be performing a wide variety of works by different composers, some that will be familiar to concert attendees.
In the second half of the program, the chorale will be joined by the choir and orchestra, which will perform the highlight piece, "Gloria," conducted by Wiley. The work is divided into six movements and was first premiered in 1961 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Chorus Pro Musica.
Wiley said she considers this to be the biggest standout moment of the program, but she is sure that there will many other beautiful moments throughout the entire program.
Students are welcome to take up membership in the chorale, choir or orchestra, regardless of major. Wiley said, "We hold auditions at the beginning of the school year for the choirs, and at the beginning of each semester for the orchestra."
Wiley added that she encourages members of the Susquehanna community to come out and support the groups. "Just enjoy the music and admire our students and all of their hard work."
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