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Chamber Singers and Concert Choir Sing Frost, Folk, and Spiritual Music

KEENE, N.H. 4/14/03 - The Keene State College Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, conducted by Professor Carroll Lehman, will sing songs based on Robert Frost’s poetry along with folk and spiritual music on Friday, May 2. KSC music faculty George Loring will accompany on piano. The concert starts 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 students, senior citizens, and youth age 17 or younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The KSC Chamber Singers, a select group of 27 singers, will perform Frostiana, seven songs written by New England composer Randall Thompson based on poems by Robert Frost, including “The Road Not Taken,” “Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening,” and “Choose Something Like a Star.” Two songs are for women’s voices and two for men’s voices.

The Chamber Singers will also sing a medley of spirituals arranged by Joseph Jennings, founder of the well-known all-male group, Chanticleer. These include “Where the Sun Will Never Go Down,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot,” “I Got a Shoes,” “Ain’t-a That Good News,” and “I Got a Crown.”

The KSC Concert Choir, a group of 20 female singers, will perform the folk song “He’s Gone Away” and the Broadway favorite “A Wonderful Day Like Today” from the musical The Roar of the Greasepaint-The Smell of the Crowd. The choir will also sing works by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg, American composer Walter Schumann, and British composer Eric Thiman. First-year music student Addie Kamps, oboe, will perform with the choir Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Orpheus with His Lute.

Professor Lehman, a member of the Keene State faculty since 1978, also is the 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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