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KSC Chamber Singers and Concert Choir Sing 'Music Of The Season'

KEENE, N.H. 11/23/05 - The Keene State College Chamber Singers and Concert Choir will perform “Music of the Season,” a holiday concert, on Friday, Dec. 2, 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.

Dr. Carroll Lehman will conduct the KSC Chamber Singers, a select group of 18 singers, who will be accompanied on piano and organ by KSC resident artist, George Loring, and staff accompanist Scott White.

The Chamber Singers will perform two settings of Ave Maria; one by Rachmaninoff and one by Villa Lobos. Other works include Hosanna by Gounod, Psalm 150 by Franck, and a chorale by J. S. Bach.

Music faculty member Diane Cushing will conduct the KSC Concert Choir, a group of 55 singers, accompanied by organist Scott White. The Concert Choir will feature a piece titled Four Carols by Malcolm Hawkins, a New Hampshire composer. The composer will be present for the first performance of this work in New Hampshire. The Concert Choir will also sing two acappella selections: Videntes Stellam by Poulenc and Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium. Students Liz Kuhn and Mark Wilson will conduct ‘Twas in the Moon of Wintertime and The 12 Days after Christmas.

Lehman, a member of the Keene State faculty since 1978, also is the conductor and music director of the Monadnock Chorus in Peterborough. Under his direction, the chorus has toured Italy, Austria, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Greece, and Scandinavia. He has conducted the New Hampshire Friendship Chorus and Orchestra on tours of Russia, Latvia, Estonia, and South Africa. Lehman also formed the KSC Oratorio Society, which has performed many major choral masterworks with orchestra.

Cushing, who teaches voice at Keene State, is the founder and director of the Greater Gardner Youth Choir and the Mount Wachusett Community Choir, which toured Italy in the spring. Cushing, a soprano, also has been a featured soloist with the Monadnock Chorus, the Master Works Chorale of Boston, Boston Baroque, and many other groups.

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