Choir concert will be last at university for professor

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]The Clarion University Concert Choir and Chamber Singers will host a performance of “In God We Trust?: A Choral Perspective” on April 5.
The Saturday night performance will be held in Marwick-Boyd Auditorium and falls under the 2013-14 Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series “In God We Trust?”

Choir director Hank Alviani instructs his students in rehearsal. Alviani was one of several music professors who received a retrenchment letter last fall. Since then, he has accepted the position as director of choral studies at Kutztown University.
Choir director Hank Alviani instructs his students in rehearsal. Alviani was one of several music professors who received a retrenchment letter last fall. Since then, he has accepted the position as director of choral studies at Kutztown University.

The event will consist of choral performances representing Christian, Jewish, Hindu and Chippewa (Ojibway) religions as well as a discussion with panelists, with doors opening at 7:30 p.m. The event will be free of charge and open to the general public.
This particular performance will be the last for director Hank Alviani.
“I have no particular feeling about concluding my tenure at Clarion with this specific programming,” he said. “I simply wanted to present another quality choral concert, which in this case happened to be inspired by a university-wide theme.”
When speaking of his time at Clarion University Alviani said, “I cannot recall any low points in my history as the Director of Choral and Vocal Music Studies here.  There have been far too many high points to mention them all.  Certainly the major works: Dvorak’s ‘Stabat Mater,’ Brahms’s ‘Ein Deutsches Requiem,’ last year’s performance of Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana,’ Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ Vaughan Williams’s ‘Dona Nobis Pacem.’ But there have been many other wonderful programs—‘Bicentenniel Celebration’ celebrating Lincoln, Haydn and Mendelssohn, the 2006 concert celebrating the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth, ‘Of Wind and Water’ featuring works of the last 400 years that included the subjects of wind and water, from Palestrina’s ‘Super flumina Babylonis’  to Disney’s ‘Colors of the Wind.’”
He said, “This has been a fantastic 11 years at Clarion.  I am very hopeful that the program will continue its tradition of excellence, which I inherited, for many years to come.  But I am extremely excited to assume my new responsibilities as Director of Choral Studies at Kutztown University.”
Zachary Ray, a music education student, has arranged one of the songs to be performed. The Chippewa mide, or medicine song, sung in Ojibway, will be performed by the Concert Choir.
“To be completely honest, I simply approached Dr. Alviani about either arranging or composing something for the chorus; he in turn handed me the Chippewa Medicine song ‘Nindjingockanaki’ (‘The Ground Trembles’),” said Ray. “The piece started as a single melody line which I simply added parts around the course of the arrangement for the most part. I anticipate a lovely and successful concert, as I typically do from the choir. That which I have heard of rehearsals of this piece specifically have sounded wonderful.”[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_facebook type=”standard”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_tweetmeme type=”horizontal”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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