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University Music Faculty Reprises Past Century’s Performances

April 2, 2009

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – Audiences will enjoy “100 Years of Faculty Recitals” in a single evening, April 14 at 8 p.m., when Susquehanna University’s Department of Music re-creates campus performances from 1909 to 1959. The program, part of the university’s focus this year on the theme of Memory, takes place in Stretansky Concert Hall and is open to the public free of charge.

Selections for the performance were chosen from the university archives’ collection of faculty recital programs. “The music on the program is a mix of standard classical repertoire and other, lighter pieces that were standard recital fare in their day but are out of fashion now,” said David Steinau, associate professor of music. “This gives us a glimpse into the musical tastes of the past.”

The program concludes with Professor Emeritus Galen Deibler reprising his own campus performance, from October 1959, of "Jardins sous la pluie" by Claude Debussy.

The concert offers a tribute to past music faculty members and concludes the music department’s celebration of Susquehanna¹s 150th anniversary. The department kicked off Susquehanna¹s sesquicentennial celebration with a gala performance by the university’s Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in New York City in March 2008.

Founded in 1858, Susquehanna University is a national liberal arts college that prepares students for achievement, leadership and service in a diverse, interconnected world. Academic excellence, study away and service learning, student-faculty collaboration, and rich opportunities for creative and personal growth are hallmarks of a Susquehanna University education. Susquehanna students come from 30 states and 12 countries, and more than 90 percent of them find jobs or pursue graduate study within six months of graduation. The university is located in central Pennsylvania, in the town of Selinsgrove, along the banks of the scenic Susquehanna River and about three hours from major East Coast cultural, financial, and recreational centers.
Contact: Karen Jones
570-372-4650

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