Choirs’ fall concert features wide repertoire

For Immediate Release:  Oct. 7, 2014

BLOOMSBURG— “Pitch Perfect” meets Vivaldi in Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania’s Fall Festival of Choirs featuring hits from the popular a cappella movie along with classical music, folk songs and spirituals on Sunday, Oct. 12, at 2:30 p.m. in Carver Hall, Kenneth S. Gross Auditorium. Admission is free and open to all.

This concert will mark the first Bloomsburg performance of Amelia Garbisch, the newest faculty member in BU’s Department of Music, Theatre and Dance. An assistant professor of music education and choral vocal music, Garbisch will conduct the Women's Choral Ensemble in Vivaldi’s “Gloria in Excelsis,” Casal’s “Nigra Sum,” Rollo Dilworth’s “Johah,” and the hit a cappella song from the movie “Pitch Perfect,” “Just the Way You Are/Just a Dream.” Valynn Boy will accompany at the piano.

Selections from the all-male Husky Singers, under the direction of Alan Baker, will include the old English drinking song, “Down Among the Dead Men”; the spiritual, “Swing Down Chariot”; the barbershop novelty, “Please, Mr. Columbus”; and the traditional Scottish folk song, “Loch Lomond.” Accompanied by Boy, the group will also be joined by violinist Sophie Till in the American folk song, “Old Dan Tucker,” and Eric William Barnum’s “Dreams of Thee,” a setting to the poetry of Percy Bysshe Shelley.

The mixed-voice Concert Choir, also under the direction of Baker, will complete the program with Keith Hampton’s gospel anthem “True Light,” the Hall Johnson arrangement of the spiritual “Ain’t Got Time to Die” and a setting of the famous World War I poem, “In Flanders Fields,” by Stephen Chatman. The choir, accompanied by Harry Martenas, will also be joined by Till in Eric Whitacre’s “Five Hebrew Love Songs.”

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. The university, celebrating 175 years of excellence in 2014, serves approximately 10,000 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.