Concerts of our 62nd Season
Sing for the Cure
October 23, 2010 7:30 p.m. Eisenhower Auditorium
Sing for the Cure, a poignant and uplifting musical experience with narration, chronicles the feelings and experiences of those touched by breast cancer through songs of different styles from a range of composers. An emotionally charged and powerful work initiated by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, from its first performance with renown poet laureate Maya Angelou, and subsequently at hundreds of performances across the country, Sing for the Cure has moved audience after audience.
In 2000, the founder of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Nancy Brinker, decided that one of the most effective ways the messages surrounding breast cancer could be delivered was through music. In the incredibly gifted hands of poet/librettist Pamela Martin and 10 different composers, the stories come to life:
Each of the 11 pieces carries a haunting message in the journey that is breast cancer. Accompanied by a full orchestra, the pieces are set apart by narration that tells the stories, speaking for hundreds who've been affected by this terrible disease. The music brings messages of comfort and faith and the hope of victory, and takes the listener through a myriad of emotions and experiences. There is no medium more powerful than music to move the hearts and minds of people.
And please, if you are a woman over the age of 40, do regular breast self-exams and have annual mammograms. And men, encourage the women you love to do the same. A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.
For more information on Susan G. Komen for the Cure, visit http://ww5.komen.org/default.aspx
George Frideric Handel
November 20, 2010 1:00 p.m. Our Lady of Victory Catholic Church
November 21, 2010 3:00 p.m. Rowland Theatre, Philipsburg
The German-born English citizen
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759) turned to composing oratorios after
recovering from a stroke in 1737 which left his right arm temporarily paralyzed
and stopped him from performing. Handel composed the three-and-a-half-hour
Messiah, based on the life of Christ, in roughly two and a half weeks
in late summer 1741. Although he used some material from previous work, it was
an incredible achievement. The oratorio was first performed in New Musick Hall
in Fishamble Street, Dublin on April 13, 1742, with 26 boys and five men from
the combined choirs of St Patrick's and Christ Church cathedrals participating.
This performance was followed by premieres in London in 1743 and in America in
1818 in Boston. It has been a huge success ever since and is regularly performed
virtually everywhere in the world, making it perhaps the best-known music in
Choral Crown Jewels
April 17, 2011 3:00 pm Pasquerilla Spiritual Center
You know that old saying, "good things come in small packages"? This concert proves that premise also rings true in the world of choral music. This concert presents a collection of shorter choral treasures:
“O Whistle and I'll Come To Ye” arranged by Mack Wilberg
“The Water is Wide” arranged by Rene Clausen
“How Can I Keep from Singing” arranged by Daniel Graves
“Pie Jesu” by Lloyd Webber
“Jerusalem” by Hubert Parry
The Choral Society continues its tradition of pre-concert lectures. Facilitated by Chris Kiver, Penn State assistant professor of choral conducting, the lectures begin one hour before concert time and discuss the music and composers to be presented.
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