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By Kathryn Kopchik
LEWISBURG, Pa. — The Bucknell University Concert Chorale will present "Images: A Choral Tapestry," Sunday, April 7, at 2:30 p.m. in the Weis Center for the Performing Arts at Bucknell. The performance is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
Directed by William Payn, the Concert Chorale will perform a selection of modern choral music including "Where Your Bare Foot Walks" by David Childs, "Go, Lovely Rose" by Eric Whitacre, "Amor De Mi Alma" by Z. Randall Stroope and "Images" by Rob Landes.
A highlight of the program is a selection of songs from theatrical favorites, including "Wicked," "Altar Boyz," "ABBA Forever," "Rent" and "Les Miserables."
The performance also will feature a jazz trio with David Cover, piano; Chris Wheeland, bass guitar; and Robert Leidecker, drums; as well as a stage band with Dale Orris, trumpet; Michael Trego, trumpet; Kevin Henry, trombone; Dick Adams, saxophone and guitar; and Cover, Wheeland and Leidecker.
The Bucknell University Concert Chorale is a mixed chorus of students from various fields of study at Bucknell. Formed in 1964 by Allen Flock, the Chorale presents annual programs of secular and sacred music. In addition to its public concerts on campus, the ensemble has traveled extensively throughout the United States.
In recent years, the ensemble has sung with the Washington National Symphony Orchestra, the Chorale of Simon Bolivar of Caracas, the Pennsylvania Ballet, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and for the Music Educators' National Conference in Atlantic City.
Other notable concert appearances included the New York University Choral Arts Society in Lincoln Center in 1984; the Eastern Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Washington, D.C., in 1994, and a performance of Handel's Messiah with the Brewer Ensemble of original instruments that same year.
The Chorale was invited to sing David Willcock's Sing Praises under the composer's direction at Carnegie Hall in New York City in 1999; that same year, the Chorale participated in Paul Winter's premiere of The Tree, on Bucknell's campus. The following year, Winter invited the Chorale to join four other choirs to sing his Earth Mass for the Feast of Saint Francis at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
The Chorale joined forces with the George Washington University Choir, directed by 1997 Bucknell graduate Matthew Mehaffey, with concerts at Bucknell and in Washington, D.C., in 2003. In 2005. the Concert Chorale participated in a performance at the new Strathmore Center for the Arts where the singers combined with other choral ensembles to sing the Rutter Mass of the Children and the Dvorak Te Deum with the National Philharmonic.
The next Bucknell performance will take place Sunday, Nov. 24, at 2:30 p.m.
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