Give thanks at special campus concert

MIDDLEBURY On Sunday afternoon, Nov. 23, the Middlebury College Community Chorus will offer a special Thanksgiving concert at 3 p.m. in Mead Chapel on the College campus. The choir will also sing the program in Burlington at First United Methodist Church on Saturday evening, Nov. 22, at 7 p.m. Admission is free for both performances. The Chorus is directed by Jeff Rehbach and accompanied by George Matthew. This fall, the Chorus has grown to more than 100 singer, from nearly every community in Addison County and nearby -- Bristol, Brandon, Weybridge, Cornwall, Middlebury, Leicester, Bridport, Addison, Panton, New Haven, Lincoln, Ripton, Starksboro, Sudbury, Hinesburg, North Ferrisburgh, Vergennes, Mineville (New York) as well as students at the College from all parts of the U.S. The concert program centers on the theme of the glory of the world around us and hope for peace in our world. The program opens with "The Heavens are Telling," a delightful selection from "The Creation" by Franz Joseph Haydn depicting the earth in all its glory. The chorus will sing three contrasting settings of the traditional Latin chorus "Sanctus" ("Holy, holy, holy... heaven and earth are full of thy glory") by German composer Franz Schubert, French composer Gabriel Faur_and contemporary Swedish composer Jan Sandstr__The program also features contemplative music by contemporary American composers, including "Take Peace" by Middlebury College alumna Christina Whitten Thomas '01; a setting of the Quaker poem "O Brother Man" entitled "The Tree of Peace" by Vermont composer Gwyneth Walker; as well Elaine Broad-Ginsberg's setting of the Hebrew text "Oseh Shalom." Hymns, songs and psalms of thanksgiving include "A Hymn for America" and "The Road Home" by Minnesota composer Stephen Paulus; "Alleluia" by distinguished American composer Randall Thompson; and "Jubilate Deo" ("O be joyful in the Lord all ye lands") by Felix Mendelssohn. The concert concludes as members of the choir lift their voices in song with Gwyneth Walker's "Let Music Fill the Air" and an energizing gospel arrangement by African American composer-conductor Jeffery Ames of "Let Everything That Hath Breath." The choir is open to all singers without audition. The Chorus has its roots in the mid-eighteenth century when the Middlebury Musical Institute was founded. For more information, check on the web at http://go.middlebury.edu/chorus or contact conductor Jeff Rehbach at 802-443-5811.

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