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Tour Choir to perform homecoming concert

Tour Choir to perform homecoming concert

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The Lycoming College Tour Choir will perform a homecoming concert Wednesday, March 13 at 8 p.m. in Clarke Chapel following a 10-day tour in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Puerto Rico.

The choir is directed by Dr. Fred Thayer, professor of music. Featured composers include Casals, Lauridsen, Whitacre, Mulholland and Toch. The performance is free to the public.

Thayer said the repertoire will reflect pieces he wanted to be highlighted during his last year as director of the tour choir. He will retire in May.

"O magnum mysterium by Morten Lauridsen is a classic piece that I wanted the students to perform one more time while I'm here," he said. "Sleep by Eric Whitacre is a phenomenal piece. The text is so mesmerizing that by the end you feel as though you are surrendering to sleep."

A Red, Red Rose, by James Mulholland, is another piece that Thayer said is well-known in the choral repertoire. He added that another feature of the program will be a focus on Puerto Rico, where the choir will perform three concerts during the second half of the tour.

"O vos onme, by Spanish composer Pablo Casals is one of those pieces that is very special to Puerto Ricans," Thayer said. "Also a famous cellist, Casals lived many years in Puerto Rico."

Two other pieces - Alelouya by Emile Desamours and Lacrimosa by Calixto Alvarez - are Haitian works. Thayer said Lacrimosa features an unusual pairing of two different kinds of music, with the men singing a liturgical Latin chorale, while a female soloist and the women lament in a raw, harsh, untrained tone, the death of the woman's child. "The juxtaposition of this mix is incredible," Thayer said. "The audience usually is emotionally drawn by the composition."

The second part of the program will begin with Lamento Borincano by Rafael Hernandez, which Thayer compared to a national hymn for Puerto Rico. The program will end with Thayer's original arrangement of Ain't Got Time to Die.

The Lycoming College Tour Choir consists of 40 students selected by competitive audition from the 115-member College Choir. Annually these students perform two weekend tours and a 10-day tour in the spring. The Tour Choir also will perform during the Graduation concert on May 4 /sup>in Clarke Chapel at 8 p.m. The performance is free to the public.

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