Ithaca College Choir and "Aspects of Love"

03/20/2007

Contributed by Erik Kibelsbeck

The Ithaca College Choir will present a free concert on Saturday, March 24 at 8:15 p.m. in Ford Hall. The concert is the culmination of an east coast tour that took the choir as far south as Atlanta during spring break.

The program, under the direction of Lawrence Doebler, explores “Aspects of Love.” Love of land is represented by Locklair’s “For Amber Waves,” and “Shenandoah” arranged by James Erb. “Lessons of Love” are explored in “Love’s Phases,” commissioned by the choir from Ithaca College composer Dana Wilson. The central work on the program explores the love of peace as expressed in Randall Thompson’s “The Peaceable Kingdom.” The concert will conclude with a series of spirituals arranged by Moses Hogan.

The Ithaca College Choir, under the direction of Lawrence Doebler is recognized through its annual tour and many campus appearances as one of the most innovative ensembles at the collegiate level.

In each of the last twenty-eight years, the Ithaca College Choir has premiered works that have been published by Theodore Presser as part of the Ithaca College Choral Series. Composers who have accepted commissions are Vincent Persichetti, Samuel Adler, Karel Husa, William Schuman, Ellen Zwilich, Peter Schickele, Augusta Read Thomas, Thea Musgrave, Daniel Pinkham, Chen Yi, Lowell Liebermann, Dan Welcher, Ron Nelson, and Dana Wilson.

The Ithaca College Choir has toured extensively on the east coast and in the midwest, as well as to Ireland and it has presented major concerts at the American Choral Directors Association Convention, Music Educators National Conference; Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Cooper Union in New York City; and at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in Brooklyn. In addition to their a capella tradition, the choir has performed with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, the Ithaca College Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, and Wind Ensemble, as well as other professional ensembles.

For more information on the choir, visit www.ithaca.edu/music/ensembles/choir/

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