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Chamber Singers and Concert Choir Perform

KEENE, N.H. 3/28/02 - The Keene State College Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, conducted by Dr. Carroll Lehman, will herald the season with “Songs of Spring and Romance” on Friday, April 19. Among their selections, the singers will perform a medley from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Richard Rodgers’ birth. The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Alumni Recital Hall of the Redfern Arts Center on Brickyard Pond. Tickets are $7 for the general public and $5 for KSC faculty, staff, students, senior citizens, and youth 17 and under. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

KSC faculty member George Loring, piano, will accompany the singers as they perform works by Felix Mendelssohn, Max Reger, John Farmer, Ralph Vaughn Williams, and James Mulholland.

The Chamber Singers, a select group of 25 singers, will perform madrigals such as “Now Is the Month of Maying” and “April Is in My Mistress’ Face,” both by Thomas Morley. Songs from Argentina and Kenya also will be on the program.

Student conductor Jung Jin Choi will lead the female singers through a “Pavane for Spring.” The male singers will be featured in a barbershop favorite, “Aura Lee.”

The KSC Concert Choir, a small group that concentrates on preparing singers to move on to the Chamber Singers, will sing three songs, “Weep No More Mine Eyes,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” and “In the Still of the Night.”

The concert will end with both choruses performing a medley from “South Pacific” by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Dr. Lehman, a member of the Keene State faculty since 1978, also is conductor and music director of the Monadnock Chorus and Orchestra in Peterborough. In 1984, Lehman formed the Oratorio Society, which has performed many major choral masterworks with orchestra including the Verdi, Mozart, and Brahms requiems and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony.

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