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SUNY Plattsburgh Music Department to Present ChoralFest 2013

The SUNY Plattsburgh Department of Music presents its annual ChoralFest Concert 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 19, in the E. Glenn Giltz Auditorium in Hawkins Hall.

Directed by Jo Ellen Miano, the College Chorale and Cardinal Singers will combine to perform Haydn’s “Te Deum” with chamber orchestra. In addition, they will perform two a cappella works that feature student soloists.

One of those works, “Where the Sun Will Never Go Down,” is a medley of spirituals originally written for the renowned professional a cappella group, Chanticleer. It will feature student soloists Gabriella Battistiol, soprano; John Thomas, tenor; and Eli MacNeil, bass. 

The combined chorus will also perform “What a Wonderful World,” featuring soloists Elizabeth Baldwin, soprano, and Jason Levesque, baritone.

Also at the concert, the College Chorale will present Emma Lou Diemer’s “Three Madrigals,” which set texts of William Shakespeare. This three-movement work features student accompanist Ryan Mahony. 

In addition, the Cardinal Singers will perform Cantata No. 4 “Christ lag in Todesbanden” by J. S Bach, with string ensemble. In contrast to this extended Baroque work, the group will also perform Leonard Bernstein’s “The Lark,” a three-movement a cappella work that was originally composed as incidental music for the Jean Anouilh play as adapted by Lillian Hellman on the life of Joan of Arc.

Tickets are $8 general admission; $5 seniors, students, SUNY faculty and staff; and $2 SUNY Plattsburgh students and can be purchased in advance at the Angell College Center or at the door.

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