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KSC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir Perform Songs of Winter

KEENE, N.H. 11/18/03 - The Keene State College Chamber Singers and Concert Choir, conducted by Professor Carroll Lehman, will perform songs of winter featuring selections from Persichetti’s Winter Cantata and Rutter’s When Icicles Hang on Friday, Dec. 5. 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 students, senior citizens, and youth age 17 or younger. Call the box office at 603-358-2168.

The 30-member KSC Chamber Singers and the 21-voice all-female Concert Choir will be accompanied on piano by artist-in-residence George Loring, through the winter program that includes the popular Winter Wonderland by Felix Bernard. Loring will be joined by KSC students Mark Wilson on marimba and Rebecca Rousseau on flute during selections from a Winter Cantata by Vincent Persichetti.

A few Christmas songs also are on the program: In Bethlehem City by Ralph Vaughn Williams; Austrian, German, and Latvian carols; and three P.D.Q. Bach spoofs - “Throw the Yule Log on, Uncle John,” “O Little Town of Hackensack,” and “Good King Kong Looked Out.”

Poetry inspired two songs on the program: Shakespeare’s Blow, Blow thou Winter Wind, set to music by George Shearing, and Robert Frost’s Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, composed by Eugene Butler. The program includes works by composers Thomas Weelkes, Paul Hindemith, and Gregg Smith.

Professor Lehman, a member of the Keene State faculty since 1978, also is the conductor and music director of the Monadnock Chorus 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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