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SUNY Plattsburgh Music Department Presents Choral Concert

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (Nov. 10, 2009)--Jo Ellen Miano will direct two choral ensembles from the SUNY Plattsburgh music department in an afternoon of choral works Sunday, Nov. 22, at 2 p.m. in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium, Hawkins Hall. The concert is free and open to the public.

The SUNY Plattsburgh Cardinal Singers will begin the program with a Renaissance motet by Hassler titled "Laudate Dominum." This will be followed by a performance of  an a cappella piece, "A Rose Touched by the Sun's Warm Rays," by 20th-century American composer Jean Berger. Returning to the Renaissance, the chamber choir will sing Thomas Morley's English ballet for five-part choir titled "Dainty, fine, sweet nymph." The choir will conclude with the Lennon and McCartney song, "Can't Buy Me Love," arranged by the King's Singers.

The SUNY Plattsburgh College Chorale will begin its portion of the program with another Renaissance motet by Hassler --"Cantate Domino." The choir will continue with several 20th-century choral pieces, including the English folk song, "The Turtle Dove," by Ralph Vaughan Williams. This arrangement features two soloists from the chorus: soprano Katelyn Derusha of Plattsburgh and baritone Andrew Snider of Brasher Falls, N.Y. The choir will sing another King's Singers arrangement of a Lennon/McCartney song, "I'll Follow the Sun." To wrap up its section on the program, the College Chorale will perform "Psalm 100 (Make a Joyful Noise to the Lord)," by Heinz Werner Zimmerman with Mat Perras of Mooers Forks, N.Y., on bass. The traditional "Old Hundreth" will be performed on organ by Alex Malsan of Valatie, N.Y.

The College Chorale and Cardinal Singers will conclude the concert with the Thanksgiving hymn, "Now Thank We All Our God," featuring Rebecca Labombard of Gansevoort, N.Y., and Ivan Overmoyer of Bloomfield, N.Y., on trumpet and Olivia Benware of Lake Placid and Charlie Morgan of Middle Grove, N.Y., on trombone. The choirs will then sing the Pachelbel setting of the hymn in German, accompanied by the brass and organ.

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