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SU Choral Ensembles to Perform Repertoire of Historical Periods

Published on November 4, 2013

All three of Susquehanna University’s chorale ensembles will present “Choral Music Through The Ages” on Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. in Stretansky Concert Hall of the Cunningham Center for Music and Art. The program explores choral music throughout several periods of music history. The concert is free and open to the public.Choral Music Through The Ages

Julia Thorn, associate professor of music, will conduct both the University Choir and the University Chamber Singers. The newly formed women’s University Chorale will perform under the direction of Jason Vodicka, assistant professor of music.

The University Choir, a 56-person auditioned choir, will present Schubert’s “Mass in G” from the Romantic Period. In traditional Mass form, soprano, bass and tenor student soloists will accompany the piece.

The University Choir will also demonstrate the diversity of choral styles through to contemporary times by singing an arrangement of a Shaker hymn. The hymn includes a “beautiful melody and lush harmonies from Irish composer James Mulholland paired with a contrasting fiddler tune, and a rousing Moses Hogan spiritual to close,” Thorn said.

A smaller 16-person voice ensemble, the University Chamber Singers will sing a piece from the Renaissance titled “Le Chant Des Oyseaux.” This piece offers an excellent presentation of polyphonic birdsongs. In addition, the voice ensemble will perform a colorful Latin song composed by Ola Gjeilo. The Chamber Singers will end their portion of the program with a choral arrangement of Mechem’s “The Lighthearted Lovers.”

Vodicka will conduct the University Chorale as they present songs composed by all women. This year marks the Chorale’s first all-treble ensemble, so the concert “celebrates women in song,” Vodicka said. The Chorale will sing Joan Szymko’s “The Singing Place,” in addition to many other pieces by women composers.

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