GENESEO, N.Y. – A joint concert by the Geneseo Chamber Singers and Spectrum Women’s Ensemble March 9 will feature a world premiere by Geneseo Distinguished Service Professor James Walker. The concert begins at 3 p.m. in the Doty Hall recital hall and is free and open to the public. The Chamber Singers and Spectrum are both directed by Gerard Floriano, professor of conducting at Geneseo.
The Chamber Singers will premiere Walker’s composition “With Trumpet and Drum,” a work based on the poem of American author Eugene Field, who wrote many poems of childhood.
“It’s a great pleasure for a world-class group such as the Chamber Singers to perform something I have written for them,” said Walker. “Field tragically lost a son and he never recovered from the loss, which is reflected in a very poignant section of the poem. I have written the music for his words, which portrays a group of kids entertaining adults – an expression of his loneliness.”
Other works the Chamber Singers will perform are two graduals by Anton Bruckner, “Locus iste,” and “Os Justi meditabiture sapientiam;” “Wislo moja, Wislo szara” by Henryk Górecki; and “Cloudburst” by Eric Whitacre, featuring students Emily Withers, Jeremy Jackson and Logan King.
Spectrum will perform two songs from Randall Thompson’s “Frostiana:” “A Girl’s Garden” and “Come In,” conducted by student conductor Benjamin Durland. Also on the program are “I Am in Love,” arranged by Alice Parker; two 3-part songs by Robert Schumann: “Senkt die Nacht” and “Die Capelle;” and two folk song settings by Aaron Copland: “What do we Plant?” and “Zion’s Walls.”
Additional information about the concert is available by calling 585-245-5824.
Media Relations Manager