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AU Chorus, Chamber Singers, Alfred Choir to present concert featuring ‘Gloria’

The Alfred University Division of Performing Arts will present the AU Chorus, Chamber Singers, and the Alfred Volunteer Choir Company in concert Saturday, Dec. 4, at 8 p.m. in the new Miller Theater on the AU campus. The event is open to public free of charge.

The main work of the performance will be “Gloria” by 20th century French composer Francis Poulenc. This masterwork for chorus and orchestra will be conducted by Christopher Foster, associate professor of music and director of bands at Alfred University, with Luanne Crosby, professor of voice and chorus, as soprano soloist; and Laurel Buckwalter, University carilloneur, as piano accompanist.

A smaller instrumental ensemble will be used for this event, rather than the original very large orchestra.

The concert will also feature “In Dulci Jubilo” for antiphonal choirs as well as two different settings of James Agee’s poem “Sure on This Shining Night” and two settings of “O Magnum Mysterium.”

Crosby earned a doctorate in musical arts from the Cleveland (Ohio) Institute of Music/Case Western Reserve University, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees, both in music, from the State University of New York at Fredonia. She performed in a recital program at the Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, NY, this past summer.

Foster teaches music theory and wind instrument lessons. He earned bachelor of music education and master of music degrees from the University of Nevada-Reno and holds a doctor of musical arts degree in trumpet performance and wind conducting from the University of North Texas-Denton. Prior to his doctoral studies and his appointment at Alfred University, he directed concert, jazz and marching bands in Ely and Las Vegas, NV.

Buckwalter is a member of the Guild of Caillionnerurs in North America. She is a graduate of Houghton College, with a major in music; she earned a master of science degree in education from AU. She often is the piano accompanist for recitalists and coral groups throughout the area.