Husky Singers, Women’s Chorale pay tribute

For Immediate Release: April 9, 2013

BLOOMSBURG — The Husky Singers and the Women’s Chorale of Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania will present a concert on Sunday, April 21, at 2:30 p.m. in Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. Admission is free.

The program’s highlight will be the premiere performance of a new work from Canadian choral composer Stephen Hatfield. “As She Goes” was commissioned by the Bloomsburg University choirs in memory of Eileen Hower, assistant professor of music, who passed away in December 2012. For this new work, Hatfield combined his original text and music with musical quotations from the Celtic folk song, “Wild Mountain Thyme,” one of Hower’s favorite tunes.

Other works to be performed by the women’s ensemble include Eleanor Daley’s “In Remembrance,” sacred Renaissance works of Arcadelt and Palestrina, a variety of spirituals and gospel arrangements, and a jazz arrangement of “My Favorite Things” from “The Sound of Music.”

Selections by the Husky Singers, BU’s male vocal ensemble, will include music from the southern gospel tradition, spirituals, glee club standards, Morten Lauridsen’s “Dirait’on” and “Hol’ You Han,” a Jamaican/rap novelty song.

Directed by Alan Baker, associate professor of music, the Husky Singers specialize in doo-wop, barbershop and other popular arrangements, complete with comic sketches and Motown-inspired dance moves. The Women’s Chorale’s repertoire ranges from ancient to contemporary pieces, directed by of Andrew Robinette, professor of music. Both ensembles are accompanied by pianist Valyn Boy.

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