GENESEO, N.Y. - The SUNY Geneseo Spectrum Women's Ensemble is joining the Rochester women's choral ensemble Concentus for a "Sing in the Spring" concert April 21 at 3 p.m. in the college's Wadsworth Auditorium. Conducting the concert will be professor of music and Spectrum director Gerard Floriano and Concentus founder and musical director Gwen Gassler. The event is free and open to the public.
The combined voices of the choirs will feature the world premiere of a newly commissioned work by SUNY Geneseo faculty member and composer Glenn McClure titled "Beatrice in Paradise," part of McClure's "Emancipation Again" series celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation." The performance is part of a multi-city presentation of the series that began in January in Alabama and is following the path of the Underground Railroad.
The choirs also will jointly perform Verdi's "Laudi alla Vergine Maria."
The Spectrum Women's Ensemble will perform Hildegard von Bingen's "O frondens virga (O branch coming into leaf); Debussy's "Il pleure dans mon coeur;" "I shall keep singing" by Brian Holmes (Emily Dickinson); Paula Foley Tillen's "A prayer for peace;" "Away from the roll of the Sea," arranged by Stuart Calvert; Robert Schumann's "Ländliches lied;" and Eleanor Daly's "Midsummer (from Seasons of Love).
Concentus will be singing excerpts from Giovanni Battista Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater;" Maurice Duruflé's "Tota pulchra es;" Z. Randall Stroope's "Lux Aeterna;" David Conte's "Hosanna;" Roger Bourland's "Both Page & Pen;" Cary Ratcliff's "La Luna" from the opera "Mice and Beans;" and Eleanor Daley's "The Lakes Isle of Innisfree."
The Geneseo Spectrum Women's Ensemble is a women's chorus that promotes interest in the ideals of musicianship, inspires professional enthusiasm, and provides opportunity to increase knowledge through the performance of music.
Founded in 2001 by Gassler and co-conductor Edna Huelsenbeck, Concentus is devoted to exploring the wide variety of classical choral music, ranging from medieval chant through contemporary compositions, written specifically for women's voices.
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