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AU singers, visiting artists to present ‘Songs for Sawyer’ seasonal music
11/22/11

Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan

Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan

The Alfred University Chorus and Chamber Singers will be joined by award-winning hammer dulcimer player Dan Duggan (of the Susquehanna String Band) and his wife, Peggy Lynn for an afternoon of traditional music for the season, Sunday, Dec. 4, at 3 p.m. in the Alfred Seventh Day Baptist Church.

Luanne Crosby, AU professor of voice and chorus, will direct the singers. The AU String Orchestra, under the direction of David Thurkins, will accompany them.

The musicians will ready the audience for the holiday season with selections including "Christmas Day" by Gustav Holtz and "Fantasia on Greensleeves" by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Dan and Peggy will join voices with the University Chorus and Chamber Singers to present original tunes for the holidays accompanied by hammer dulcimer, guitar, and piano.

The title of the concert, "Songs for Sawyer," was selected shortly after the groups heard the news that Sawyer McFadden, son of Mark and Laurie McFadden of Alfred, had been diagnosed with leukemia. So, following the lead of "Stacks for Sawyer," (a recent pancake breakfast fundraiser) the musicians will be accepting a free will offering at the end of the concert to help with the family’s expenses.

But, says Crosby, "the title goes beyond raising funds. Music has a wonderful power to heal and with more than 100 voices raised in song, the message of the final song "Harvest Hope," should leave us all with a burst of positive energy and hope for the future."