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The Lycoming College Chamber Choir will present "The Many Moods of e.e. Cummings" on Friday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. in Mary Lindsay Welch Honors Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.
Under the direction of Dr. Fred Thayer, Lycoming professor of music and director of choirs, and with accompaniment by instructors Richard Lakey and Lee Saville-Andree, the choir will perform various settings of Cummings' poetry.
The prolific poet's body of work, ever-increasing in popularity, has inspired an array of composers in recent years. The chamber choir's performance features pieces by David Brunner, David Dickau, Vincent Persichetti and Eric Whitacre.
"The 'Many Moods of e.e. Cummings' are really just that," says Thayer. "They range from serious and poignant to humorous and lighthearted."
Some of the program's selections include settings of "In Just Spring," "I Carry Your Heart with Me" and two versions of "Maggie Milly Molly and May" by Persichetti and Whitacre.
Founded in 1812 and celebrating its bicentennial during the 2011-12 academic year, Lycoming College is a national liberal arts and sciences school dedicated to the undergraduate education of 1,400 students. It offers 35 academic majors and is recognized as a Tier 1 institution by U.S. News and World Report. Located near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one of the 50 oldest colleges in the nation.