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FSU Musical Groups Unite for ‘A Musical Feast’
11/05/2007

Frostburg State University will bring together three performance ensembles for a delightful evening of music when the University Chorale, the Opera Theatre and the FSU Wind Ensemble present “A Musical Feast” at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 18, in the Performing Arts Center’s Pealer Recital Hall. The concert will include a variety of selections that reflect the talents of each group.

Conducted by Dr. Karen Soderberg-Sarnaker and assisted by Betty Jane Phillips, piano, the University Chorale’s performance will include Aaron Copland’s “The Promise of Living” from his opera “Tender Land, How Can I Keep from Singing” and “Sure On This Shining Night,” arranged by Z. Randall Stroope. The Chorale will also perform John Rutter’s “Gloria,” accompanied by the Faculty and Student Brass Ensemble. Senior Joshua Ruppenkamp, from Cumberland, Md., will conduct Norman Luboff’s arrangement of “Deep River,” featuring baritone Christopher Akinbuwa.

The FSU Opera Theatre, directed by Jonathan Hodel, will perform Samuel Barber’s “The Hand of Bridge.” This will feature soprano Alexandra Cozart, mezzo-soprano Olivia Hartman, tenor Lane Conklin and baritone Christopher Akinbuwa. “The Hand of Bridge” is a chamber opera, encompassing a variety of dramatic and musical elements and includes elements of jazz, humor, sensuality and psychoanalysis that all unfold within the course of a nine-minute bridge game.

Under the direction of Philip Klickman, the FSU Wind Ensemble will perform “L’Inglesina (The Little English Girl)” by David Delle Cese, “First Suite in Eb, Op. 28, No. 1” by Gustav Holst, “Amazing Grace” arranged by William Himes, “Festal Scenes” by Yasuhide Ito and “Chorale and Shaker Dance” by John Zdechlik. The program will conclude with Philip Klickman conducting the University Chorale and Wind Ensemble in a performance of “America the Beautiful,” arranged by Carmen Dragon.

General admission is $5, $3 for students and free for children 16 and younger. Tickets will be available for purchase at the door.

FSU is committed to making all of its programs, services, and activities accessible to persons with disabilities. You may request accommodations through the ADA Compliance Office at (301) 687-4102, TDD (301) 687-7955.

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