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The Lycoming College Chamber Choir will perform "The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace," Friday, April 8, at 8 p.m. in Clarke Chapel. The concert is free and open to the public.
The choir, directed by Fred Thayer, will perform the work by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins with accompaniment from Dale Orris and David Bailey on trumpet, Bryan Stillman on alto saxophone, Don Fisher on percussion, Richard Lakey on piano and Kristin Ivers on keyboard.
"The Armed Man" is an anti-war piece based on the Catholic Mass. The work combines texts from the mass with those from other religious and secular sources, including the Islamic call to prayer, the Bible and the Mahabharata. It was dedicated to the victims of the 1998-99 Kosovo conflict.
The Chamber Choir is comprised of about 25 students who are chosen by audition from the larger College Choir and incoming freshmen. Like the other Lycoming choirs, the Chamber Choir is comprised of students from all academic fields and majors. The Chamber Choir's repertoire is diverse, including everything from large-scale choral works to vocal jazz.
Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Founded in 1812 in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.