Choir concerts give last performance with Alviani

[vc_row][vc_column width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]Eleven years of teaching, conducting and performing at Clarion University culminated in applause with everyone standing for music professor Hank Alviani Saturday night in the Marwick-Boyd Auditorium.
Alviani, who was one of several music professors to receive a retrenchment letter last fall, said the performance was “bittersweet,” but was succesful.
“I was asked earlier if I had programmed anything special for this last concert. I just wanted to do a good concert and have it coincide with the theme,” said Alviani.
The concert, “In God We Trust: A Choral Perspective” was part of the Mary L. Seifert Cultural Series’ “In God We Trust?” Three pieces were performed by the Clarion University Chamber Singers, and four pieces were performed by the Clarion University Concert Choir. One piece, “Ave Maria,” was performed by a low brass septet.
All songs were sacred pieces from different religions, and included pieces like “Chichester Psalms,” which ran for over 20 minutes, hymns from the “Rig Veda” and “Nindjingockanaki,” a Chippewa medicine song which translates to “The ground trembles as I enter.” Alviani said the pieces were chosen to go along with the theme.
“I had a completely different program in mind a year ago, and then I saw this theme [‘In God We Trust?’] come up,” said Alviani.  “I picked some Christian pieces, and I had this extended Hebrew piece by a prominent Jew, and I always had an interest in exploring the choral hymns from the ‘Rig Veda’ by Holst. Here was a perfect opportunity to program that, and I had done some arrangements of Chippewa pieces in the past, but never a religious one.”
Before the concert, a discussion panel was held to discuss different religions to keep with the cultural series’ theme.
Representing Christianity was Douglas Hull, who also performed in the concert choir. Representing Judaism was university professor Todd Lavin, and representing Hinduism, university professor Vasudeva Rao Aravind. Alviani presented information on Native American beliefs.
Each panelist brought forth what each religion believed in, and what foundations they were founded upon.
Alviani will be teaching at Kutztown University starting this fall, and said he is unsure of what will be happening there.
“It’s an unusual process because I was sent a contract approved for the position without ever interviewing, without ever meeting anybody there,” said Alviani. “Apparently there are already dates on next year’s calendar for when I have concerts. I have no idea when those are.”
Alviani said his crowning achievement at Clarion was “being here for 11 years.”[/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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