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AU Chorus, Chamber Singers, Orchestra join Chester Society in ‘War & Peace’

The Alfred University Chorus, Chamber Singers, and String Orchestra will team up with the Chester County Choral Society (CCCS), West Chester, PA, in concert to present "War and Peace," Saturday, Oct. 22, at 8 p.m. in the Miller Theater on the AU campus. The event is open to public free of charge.

Conceived as a way to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the performance will include "Testament of Freedom" by Randall Thompson, and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ "Dona Nobis Pacem."

This masterwork for chorus and orchestra will be conducted by Gary Garletts, CCCS director, with Luanne Crosby, AU professor of voice and chorus, as soprano soloist. Christopher Foster, Alfred University assistant professor of music and director of bands, will perform on trumpet. The AU String Orchestra is currently led by David Thurkins while Dr. Lisa Lantz in on sabbatical.

Each choral group will also present one selection from choral literature fitting with the theme.

This collaboration marks the second half of an exchange envisioned by Crosby and Garletts. Susan Davies, former resident of Alfred Station and member of the AU Chorus, is the real link since she is now a member of the CCCS and was the brainchild of the choral exchange.

In 2009, the Alfred University Chamber Singers joined CCCS for a performance of the "Rutter Requiem."

Crosby has sung professionally with the Cleveland Opera, Aspen Opera Theater, the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland chamber Orchestra, Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes, and the Fredonia Chamber Players. She has been a frequent guest recitalist at Chautauqua Institution.

She teaches music appreciation, American music and world music as well as voice classes and private lessons in voice. Her students have won awards at National Association of Teachers of Singing events and have been accepted into national choirs.

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.

Foster teaches music theory and wind instrument lessons. Foster holds bachelor of music education and master of music degrees from the University of Nevada-Reno, and a doctor of musical arts degree in trumpet performance and wind conducting from the University of North Texas (UNT)-Denton.

Thurkins recently retired from public school teaching holding positions with the Fairport, Wellsville, and Corning-Painted Post school districts. As a performing violinist, he is a core first violinist with the Orchestra of the Southern Finger Lakes (OSFL), first violinist in a string quartet of OSFL members, and in a violin/keyboard duo with his wife, Sherrie.

Garletts earned music degrees at Oberlin College and Duquesne University, and received awards for excellence from both institutions. From 2005 to 2010 he worked as a staff accompanist in the school of music of West Chester University of PA.