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Area will hear MC's A Cappella Choir before it embarks for Italy tour

NORTH MANCHESTER, Ind. - The voices of Manchester College's A Cappella Choir will soar within some of the most famous cathedrals of Italy during spring break. But before leaving on its peace tour, this special 65-member choir of students and alumni will present its Italy concert at Manchester College on Thursday, March 18.

The music for the tour is mostly American, including original compositions by Manchester College music faculty members. "Italian audiences particularly enjoy hearing American choirs singing American music," noted choir director, Dr. Debra J. Lynn, assistant professor of music. The A Cappella Choir, which performed in Carnegie Hall in 2001, also will sing in Latin for liturgies at St. Mark's Basilica in Venice and The Vatican in Rome.

Besides liturgical participation, the ensemble will perform full concerts in Palestrina, Lucca and Assisi.  "Because our tour will carry with it a message emphasizing Manchester College's mission regarding world peace, I felt it extremely important to include a concert at the upper Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi," said Dr. Lynn. "The Frescoes there are absolutely breathtaking. It is my hope that our music will be a perfect complement to the chapel's artistic ambiance."

The Italy tour of the A Cappella Choir is comprised of 50 current Manchester College students and 15 choral alumni. Plowshares peace studies program, funded by Lilly Endowment Inc., is underwriting the tour. (Alumni are paying their own expenses.)

The March 18 audience in North Manchester will hear compositions representative of a variety of American styles, from colonial to modern times.  The program includes works by William Billings, Lowell Mason, Aaron Copland, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Irving Berlin and two music department faculty members, Dr. Debora E. DeWitt and Dr. Lynn.

Tickets are $3 for the 7:30 p.m. performance in Cordier Auditorium on the Manchester College campus. Call 260-982-5551 for reservations.

Choir Personnel (alumni with year of graduation): Megan Allen, Lauren Bailey, Jaymie Baker, Jeffrey Ballard, the Rev. Douglas H. Barber '76, Alison Bever, Robert Bucher, Brian Carlisle '68, Ashleigh Casazza, Nicole Caltado, Jennifer Cornett, Katie Crosby, Lois Davis '50, Rone J. Davis '02, Torrance Dean, Alana DeWitt, Christopher DeWitt,

Debora DeWitt, Suzanne Cook Garza '89, Michael Good, Jessica Hamlyn, Jennifer Hann, Meagan Harlow, Rachael Heath.

And, Mitchell Herniak, Amy Hoffman, Carrie Hook, Allison Hoover, James Hutchings, Wendi Hutchinson, Larissa James, Krzysztof Kardaszewicz, Myra Kerch Katovich '60, Carey Konkle, Dennae Lytle, Joyce Mann '60, Wendy Matheny, Rachel McFadden

Christina McPherson, Courtney Moore, Kellie Mullin, Amanda Myers-Walls '03, Sarah Nolan, Sharon Osborne, Sayo Oshogwemoh, Matthew Overman, Kimberly Reuter, Nicholas Reynolds '03, Katie Schreck, Tyler Secor.

And, Sherita Septiani, Michael Spaulding, Sandra Wilson Stock '77, Laura Stone,  Riyanka Subrahmanyam, Andrew Suhre, Peggy Suhre '77, Ethan Terry, Julie Thompson

Laura Warnement '00, James Vincent, Megan Wenger, Frieda I. Wilson, Gordon N. Wilson '60 and John L. Wright '03.

Brass Ensemble (for MC performance): Jim Kibby, trumpet; Jason Lucker, trumpet; Kimberly Reuter, horn, and Robert Lynn, tuba. Kristine Harris, trumpet, will join the Italy tour.

Keyboard accompaniment: Robin Gratz '70, organ, and Debora DeWitt, organ.




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