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Spring Program by Concert Choir Focuses on Sacred Music

(Posted March 22, 2004)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College Concert Choir will perform its homecoming concert from the ensemble?s spring tour at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 27 at Rosenberger Auditorium in Oller Hall on the Juniata campus.

The concert is free and open to the public. The ensemble is conducted by Russell Shelley, Elma Stine Heckler Associate Professor of Music.

The choir will perform an eclectic program of choral arrangements. Over the past years, the choir?s spring concert has focused on religious music from many different eras and cultures. Some of the selections to be performed include: ?How Can I Keep From Singing? ?Alleluia? (from ?Lobet den Herrn,? by Johann Sebastian Bach), and ?Heilig,? by Felix Mendelssohn.

In addition in the first half of the program, the choir will perform ?Navajo Blessing,? ?Cry Aloud,? ?Ave Maris Stella,? ?The Lord is the Everlasting? and ?You Are the New Day.?
Highlights from the second half of the program include: choral excerpts from ?St. Francis in the Americas: A Caribbean Mass,? ?Prayer of the Children? and some African-American spirituals, including ?I Can Tell the World,? ?Same Train and Set Me as a Seal.?
The choir recently returned from its spring tour to in Italy, Croatia and Slovenia.

The concert choir is comprised of 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 Trinidad.

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