(Posted October 29, 2001)

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- The Juniata College Concert Choir will perform a concert titled "Obbligato Melodies" at 3 p.m., Nov. 4 in Rosenberger Auditorium in Oller Hall on the Juniata campus.

The Concert Choir is a 45-voice choral group comprised of Juniata students. Performers must audition to join the group. The event is free and open to the public. The choir is conducted by Russell Shelley, Elma Stine Heckler Professor of Music.

The concert will include performances of "Missa Kenya," a 1995 mass composed by Paul Bassler, an assistant professor of music at the University of Florida, and "There is Sweet Music Here," a set of four songs composed by Stephen Chatman, set to verses by the English poets William Blake, Percy Shelley and Alfred Tennyson.

Other selections will include "Down By the Salley Gardens," "The Lord is My Shepherd," "The Lonesome Dove," "Aura Lee," "In the Night We Shall Go In" and the finale, "Home on the Range."

The concert also features three guest instrumentalists: John Bukowski, cellist and assistant professor of mathematics at Juniata College; Timothy Hurtz, oboist and assistant professor of oboe at Penn State University; and Rebecca Dammers, French horn player and a music teacher at Wydown Middle School in Claydon, Mo. Hurtz also performs with the Pennsylvania Centre Chamber Orchestra. Dammers also plays with the St. Louis Wind Symphony and the Mosaic Horn Quartet.

Juniata College has a full schedule of choral programs for the rest of the 2001-2002 academic year.

Dec. 11, Choral Union Winter Concert, 7:30 p.m.

The group will perform "Christmas Cantata" in Rosenberger Auditorium. Admission is $5. The large Choral Union ensemble is the largest choral group at Juniata with a student membership of more than 90 and more than 50 members from communities in the Huntingdon area.

March 23, 2002, Concert Choir Homecoming Concert, 7:30 p.m.

The concert choir will perform various choral selections from the repertoire used for its tour concerts in Arizona and New Mexico. The concert is in Rosenberger Auditorium in Oller Hall.

April 30, 2002, Choral Union Spring Concert, 7:30 p.m.

The Choral Union, a 140-voice ensemble comprised of Juniata students and community members, will perform "Dettingen Te Deum," by George Frederic Handel, accompanied by a full orchestra in Rosenberger Auditorium in Oller Hall. Admission is $5.

Contact April Feagley at feaglea@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3131 for more information.