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,
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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