The Clarion University Chamber Singers and Concert Choir will close their 2009-2010 season with a program that Dr. HenryAlviani, associate professor of music and director of choral and vocal music studies at Clarion University, is calling "Music by People I Know." The concert is April 29 at 7:30 in the Marwick-Boyd Auditorium. Admission is free.
The concert will feature choral works by Alviani and composers he has personally known or met over the past 40 years: Aaron Copland, Moses Hogan, Z. Randall Stroope, Stephen Hatfield, Daniel Gawthrop, Libby Larsen, Stephen Barr, Jaropolk Lassowsky, and others.
The most famous of these composers is the great American music icon Aaron Copland with whom Alviani and his Phi Mu Alpha chapter brothers had a three-hour breakfast at a Denny's in Fullerton, Calif., in March 1977. The combined ensembles will conclude the program with his "The Promise of Living" from "The Tender Land" with Bonnie Ferguson and Miranda Loll playing the four-hand piano accompaniment.
Alviani graduated from Mount St. Mary's College of Los Angeles in 1974 with Paul Gibson, the composer Alviani has known the longest. Chamber Singers will perform his setting of the Latin motet "Salve Regina."
Two of the most popular composers of the last generation are Moses Hogan and Z. Randall Stroope. Alviani spent a full day in a workshop with Hogan in Madison, Wis., learning every setting of a spiritual Hogan had ever composed. At the end of the day, Alviani asked him what his favorite piece was. He replied, "My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord," which Chamber Singers will perform. The men of Concert Choir will also perform his setting of "Go Down, Moses."
Stroope's music has become some of the most often performed in the country. He and Alviani attended Arizona State University in the doctoral program from 1985 to 1987, and Alviani credits Stroope for inspiring him to attempt choral composing as well. Chamber Singers will perform Stroope's setting of Sara Teasdale's poem "I Am Not Yours" which several of them rehearsed with the composer in New York City just last month. Concert Choir will also perform his arrangement of "Homeland" based on Gustav Holst's "Jupiter Theme" from "The Planets.
Gyorgy Orban, whom Alviani met at a conference in Madison, composed an exciting and humorous piece entitled "Daemon irrepit callidus." The piece will be performed by the Chamber Singers.
The program will include the premier of Jaropolk (Jarko) Lassowsky's "Woodchuck Fugue," performed by Chamber Singers. Alviani and Lassowsky were colleagues in the Clarion University Department of Music where Lassowsky taught for nearly 30 years and directed the orchestra. "Woodchuck Fugue" was his last composition completed shortly before his passing in 2006.
The program will also feature two works by Alviani; "Vendedores Ambulantes Colombianos" (Colombian Street Vendors) and a setting of the English ballad "Sweet William's Ghost," both performed by Concert Choir.
Other composers featured on the program will include Canadian composer Stephen Hatfield; Stephen Barr, Choral Director at Slippery Rock University; Minnesota composer Libby Larsen; Wisconsin music educator Randall Swiggum, whose spiritual setting "Up Above My Ahead will be performed by Concert Choir and feature soloist Rebekah Alviani; former Crystal Cathedral orchestra conductor Johnnie Carl; and prolific American composer Daniel Gawthrop whose piece "Sing Me to Heaven" is one of the most often performed works of the past 20 years.
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