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October 15, 2002

VITERBO UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR AND WOMEN’S CHORALE WILL PRESENT "REFLECTIONS ON 9/11"

LA CROSSE, Wis.—The Viterbo University Concert Choir and Women’s Chorale will present a program at 2 p.m. on Sunday Oct. 27 at the St. Joseph the Workman Cathedral entitled "Reflections on 9/11" in memory of the victims in New York City, Washington D.C., and Shanksville, Penn.

Viterbo University faculty Susan Rush, Tom Thibodeau, and Earl Madary will present sacred and poetic texts and the choirs will present sacred music.

 The Women’s Chorale, under the direction of Jean Saladino, will sing: "Ubi caritas et amor"; the text of Eleanor Daley’s song is translated as "Where there is charity and love, God is there." This beautiful setting captures the hope and promise of God’s love for all. The two settings of texts from the Song of Solomon, "Set Me As A Seal" and "Rise Up, My Love" affirm the power of love to endure even through death: a fitting remembrance for all who love and grieve. The Women’s Chorale will also sing a setting of the "Ave Maria" by Francesca Caccini, written in the 16th century. This ancient melody has been combined with a contemporary piano accompaniment, which captures the timelessness of this prayer.

The Concert Choir, under the direction of Dan Johnson-Wilmot, will present "A German Requiem" by Heinrich Schutz. This work, published in 1636, will be sung in German. The rich text reflects an attitude about death believed by Schutz: The living grieve because those who are left behind have lost a loved one. This song envisions the loved one joyfully singing with the heavenly choirs and realizing that s/he will join their friends one day with the heavenly angels praising God in song.

The requiem is composed in three parts. The first is a form that follows the German Requiem Mass. The full six-part chorus is in constant dialogue with various combinations of solo groups. The second is a double chorus arrangement of the motet: "Lord if I Only Had You." The third part is an arrangement with chorus and solo trio of the Song of Simeon: "Lord, Now Let Your Servant Depart in Peace." The work has organ accompaniment played by Viterbo’s Judy Stafslien.

The concert will conclude with "Song for Athene" by John Tavener. It was performed on the occasion of the funeral in Westminster Abbey for Diana, Princess of Wales.

Copies of the Viterbo University Concert Choir and 9th Street Singers CD, "Feel the Spirit," will be available for purchase at the "Reflections on 9/11" concert. The cost for each CD is $15. Checks should be made payable to Viterbo University.

For more information, or to order CDs, contact Dan Johnson-Wilmot at 608-796-3761 or email dejohnsonwilmot@viterbo.edu.

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