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Keene State College Music Department to Present Choral Concert Featuring the College's Three Choirs

April 9, 2012

Part of Concert Proceeds to Be Donated to Stonewall Farm in Keene

Keene, NH, April 9, 2012: Keene State College's Department of Music is scheduled to present a choral concert entitled "The Cultivation of Sound". The performance will feature Keene State's three choirs: Concert Choir conducted by Prof. Diane Cushing, Canticum Novum conducted by Dr. Elaine Ginsberg, and Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. Sandra Howard. The choirs will feature a choral repertoire spanning 500 years. A selection of works based on the themes of cultivation and agriculture will be performed to commemorate the semester partnership with local nonprofit educational farm, Stonewall Farm in Keene. The concert will also feature a newly commissioned choral work entitled "The Farmer" composed by Keene State faculty member, Dr. Heather Gilligan.

Where and when: Sunday, April 15th, 2012 at 3:00 p.m.
Redfern Art Center's Alumni Recital Hall

Cheese and yogurt sampling will be offered by Stonewall Farm in the lobby, after the concert.

Tickets cost $10 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens and may be purchased at the Redfern Ticket Office by calling 603-358-2168 or visiting www.keene.edu/racbp. Twenty percent of the concert proceeds will be donated to Stonewall Farm as part of the semester- long educational partnership with the Keene State College Chamber Singers.

For more information about Stonewall Farm's community supported agriculture, public walking trail system, and upcoming events, visit them at 242 Old Chesterfield Road in Keene, call 357-7278, or visit www.stonewallfarm.org.

About Keene State College Chamber Singers' Community Partnerships

Since August 2011, the Keene State College Chamber Singers embarked on a semester partnership series with local organizations to promote awareness and provide outreach performances within the community. The Keene State College Department of Music has committed to the donation of twenty percent of concert proceeds from these collaborative choral events.

In January, members of the Chamber Singers travelled to Stonewall Farm for a weekend retreat. The singers toured the farm, met the animals, learned the farm's mission and participated in the farm's educational activities. Throughout the semester, singers continued to visit the farm to perform at the Frozen Farm Festival and volunteer during the 13th annual Sap Gathering Contest. The collaborative work between the farm and Keene State's Department of Music continues to expand.

About Keene State College

Keene State College is a preeminent public liberal arts college that ensures student access to world-class academic programs. Integrating academics with real-world application and active community and civic engagement, Keene State College prepares graduates to meet society's challenges by thinking critically, acting creatively, and serving the greater good. To learn more about Keene State College, visit www.keene.edu.

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