Susquehanna University Choir Concert to Debut Composition, Conductor
Published on October 24, 2012
The Susquehanna University Choir’s first performance of the academic year will introduce both a new conductor, Associate Professor of Music Julia Brasher Thorn, as well as a new piece of music that has yet to be published. The concert will be held on Nov. 2 at 8 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall, in Susquehanna’s Cunningham Center for Music and Art.
The performance will center on “New Waters,” a work composed for the choir and its new conductor by renowned composer Blake R. Henson. The piece was a gift to Thorn from James Jordan, professor of music at Westminster Choir College and a graduate of Susquehanna University. The choir will premiere the piece, which will be published after the concert.
“I cannot imagine a more appropriate contribution to mark the occasion of my debut as the University Choir conductor and director of choral activities at Susquehanna than the gift of music. I was really touched when Dr. Jordan welcomed me to the university with such a lovely composition and a text so appropriate to the journey I am beginning,” Thorn said.
The concert will feature a variety of musical styles, including works by famous composers and 21st-century compositions. In addition to the University Choir, the SU Chamber Singers, 14 musicians who form a subset of the choir, will perform a large segment of the concert. They will perform the Vaughan-Williams “Serenade to Music” accompanied by Susquehanna music instructor Ilya Blinov.
“I have so enjoyed getting to know the students of the SU Choir throughout these first few weeks of school,” Thorn said. “They are bright individuals who bring to the ensemble a sense of pride in belonging to this wonderful musical organization. As I make my Susquehanna conducting debut, I am extremely excited to be a part of this very special musical community.”
Presented by the Department of Music, the concert is free and open to the public.
Karen M. Jones