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Mansfield University Chamber Singers concert for animals

Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Choir type: College and University Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
The Mansfield University Chamber Singers under the direction of Peggy Dettwiler will perform a concert of music in praise of animals entitled, De Animals a-comin’, on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:00 pm in Steadman Theatre.  The performance will feature both secular and sacred music from 13th century chant on a text honoring St. Francis of Assisi, to madrigals of the 16th century, to blues and boogies of the 20th century.  Sections of the concert are titled “For the Birds,” “Cats & Dogs,” and “The Beasts of the Fields.”  The 16-voice group will divide into quartets as well as men’s & women’s ensembles in addition to singing all together.  Some of the music cleverly mimics the sounds of birds, cats, dogs, and various other creatures.
Leaders of Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries have been invited to promote their cause and bring several animals that are ready for adoption to be greeted by concert attendees, before and after the performance.  The entire event will focus on the importance of animals in our lives and our duty as human beings to care for them.
The program is offered free of charge, but donations will be accepted to benefit Second Chance Animal Sanctuaries.
PROGRAM:  De Animals a-Comin’
Laudar Vollio                           Anonymous, 13th century                           All
“For the birds”
The Nightingale                  Thomas Weelkes (1578-1623)                  Women
The Little White Hen         Antonio Scandello (1517-1580)                  Quartet
Il bianco e dolce cigno                  Jacob Arcadelt (1505-1568)           Quartet
Woodpecker                                    Stephen Chatman (1950-)                  All
“Cats & Dogs”
Prayer of the Cat                           Ivor Davies (1893-1951)                  Quartet
Dog Bone Blues                           Sydney Hodkinson         (1934-)         Women
Therzacat Boogie                           Sydney Hodkinson                           Men
Ukrainian Bell Carol of the Alley Cats   H. L. Smith, Arr.                         Quartet
“The Beasts of the Field”
I Bought Me a Cat                           Aaron Copland (1900-1990)         Quartet
De Animals a-Comin’            Spiritual, Arr. Marshall Bartholomew           Men
Contrappunto bestiale all mente                  Adriano Banchieri (1568-1634)           All
Old Horatius had a Farm                  Z. Randall Stroope         (1953-)                  All
A Prophecy of Peace                           Samuel Adler                           All
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