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In God We Trust: A Choral Perspective

Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Choir type: College and University Choirs
Voicing: Mixed
The Clarion University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers, under the direction of Dr. Henry A. Alviani, will present In God we Trust: A Choral Perspective Saturday night, 7:30p.m., April 5, 2014, in the Marwick-Boyd Auditorium.  This performance is part of the Clarion University 2013-14 Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series “In God We Trust?”  This will also be Hank Alviani’s final performance at Clarion University as Director of Choral and Vocal Music Studies.
The concert will feature choral music representing the Christian, Jewish, Hindu, and Chippewa (Ojibway) religious traditions.  Chamber Singers will perform Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms (psalms 108, 100, 23, 2, 131, 133), sung in Hebrew, with organist Kevin Rush, harpist Maurissa Jill Knaub, trumpets, trombones, percussion and timpani; and Gustav Holst’s Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda Third Group for women’s voices and harp (again featuring Miss Knaub) and Fourth Group for men’s voices and piano, played by Bonnie Ferguson.  They will also perform the Agnus Dei from Requiem by Gabriel Faure.  Concert Choir will then perform Nindjingockanaki (The ground trembles), a Chippewa midé or medicine song, sung in Ojibway, arranged by Clarion University Music Education student Zachary Ray.  This will be followed by Nun danket alle Gott (Now thank we all our God) by Johann Pachelbel, sung in German, with organ and brass.  Then Concert Choir will perform a medley from The Passion of the Christ by John Debney, sung in Aramaic, featuring Jessica McGuire on flute and percussion led by Clarion University percussion instructor David Hepler.  The concert will close with Moses Hogan’s arrangement of the traditional spiritual Didn’t My Lord Deliver Daniel?
The evening will open at 7:30 with a panel discussion featuring Douglas Hull representing the Christian religious tradition, political science and philosophy professor Dr. Todd Lavin representing the Jewish religion, and physics professor Dr. Vasudeva Rao Aravind representing Hinduism, followed by the musical performance.  The panel discussion and concert are free and open to the public.   
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