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Juniata Concert Choir to Perform Major Work by British Composer

(Posted November 6, 2006)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College Concert Choir will present its annual fall concert performing a series of choral arrangements that bring to mind a sense of place and landscape at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 12 in Rosenberger Auditorium in the Halbritter Center for the Performing Arts on the Juniata campus. The concert is free and open to the public. The Juniata Concert Choir is directed by Russell, Shelley, Elma Stine Heckler Associate Professor of Music. The concert opens with a hymn of thanksgiving, \"For the Beauty of the Earth,\" by John Rutter, based on a poem by F.S Pierpoint. The choir will then sing \"Streams in the Desert,\" by Howard Hanson, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning composer, and \"Every Valley,\" a song composed by John Ness Beck. An arrangement of \"Brightest and Best,\" by Shawn Kirchner, minister of music at the La Verne (Calif.) Church of the Brethren will be one of several Kirchner arrangements featured on an upcoming Christmas CD by the Juniata choir. The choir will perform the five-part composition \"In Windsor Forest,\" by acclaimed English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. In addition to his many classical and choral works, Vaughan Williams also preserved and collected English folk songs, incorporating many of them into his compositions. \"In Windsor Forest\" is taken from a larger opera \"Sir John in Love,\" based on the Shakespearean character Falstaff. The choir will also perform \"Lo! How a Rose,\" arranged by Kirchner, and \"Johnny and Mary,\" an original song and choral arrangement by Juniata student Amy Chamberlain, a senior from Williamsburg, Pa. The concert ends with a performance of \"Sit Down Servant,\" a spiritual song arranged by Linda Twine. The concert choir is comprised of more than 50 students from Juniata College. Choir members must go through an audition process to join the group. Recordings by the Juniata choir are available after the performance. Each spring, the choir tours within the United States or in other countries. In past years, the choir has performed at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; The National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Salzburg Cathedral in Austria; Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin, Germany; the Cathedral de Notre Dame Chartres in France; and Asuncion de Maria Cathedral in Tlaxcala, Mexico

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.