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Music department press release   Date: 2/4/09

Concert for Peace to Pilot Paperless Programs

The Smith College Music Department presents a Concert for Peace, featuring Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Theodore Morrison's Dirge for Two Veterans, on Saturday, March 7, at 8 p.m. in John M. Greene Hall.

Tickets ($5 for public, $1 for Smith students) will be sold at the door.

The Smith College Glee Club and the Penn State Men’s Glee Club will perform with orchestra. Ryan James Brandau, Jonathan Hirsh, and Christopher Kiver will conduct. Featured soloists are Karen Smith Emerson, soprano, and David McFerrin, baritone.

The concert will feature a new “green” policy instituted by students in the choral and orchestral groups, in which concert programs will be projected onto a screen rather than printed on paper. Plans are in place to make downloadable PDF versions of concert programs available online soon for those who wish to print them out before performances.

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ cantata, Dona Nobis Pacem (Give us Peace) was written in 1936 as a plea for peace in lieu of recent wars. The lyrics were inspired from biblical text and poems by Walt Whitman. Theodore Morrison’s Dirge for Two Veterans was inspired from the Walt Whitman poem of the same name, found in the Leaves of Grass collection.

Brandau joined the Smith faculty in 2007 as assistant director of choral activities and lecturer. He directs the Smith College Chorus and teaches classes in the music department. Hirsh, director of the Smith College Glee Club, has returned after a semester of sabbatical. A member of the Smith faculty since 1997, Hirsh also conducts the Smith College Orchestra and Chamber Singers. Kiver is an assistant professor at Penn State University and director of the Penn State Glee Club and Chamber Singers.

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