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College Chorale performs in celebration of WVU Parkersburg’s 50th anniversary|
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Parkersburg, W.Va. 11/4/11 - Be among the first to hear an all-new musical piece written to commemorate West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s 50th anniversary as the College Chorale performs a special celebration concert. The performance features special guests the Mid-Ohio Valley Ringers and will take place Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at First Lutheran Church in Parkersburg. Admission is free and open to the public.
College Chorale director Dr. H.G. Young III commissioned the musical piece titled “A Bronze Triptych” specifically for WVU Parkersburg’s 50th anniversary. The lyrics for “A Bronze Triptych” were written by Charles Anthony Silvestri, and the music was composed by Dan Forrest. Young wanted to incorporate bells into the piece because of school’s bell which was originally located at the Emerson Avenue school building where the college began. The bell, which was cast in 1902, is rung each year at the college’s commencements and other events on campus. WVU Parkersburg’s 50th anniversary logo includes a graphic depiction of the bell.
WVU Parkersburg’s College Chorale is a select chamber choir that performs the finest choral music of all styles, cultures and genres. Chorale members represent all academic divisions of the college. Over the years, the College Chorale has sung throughout the state at such places as the state capital, the International Mother’s Day Shrine in Grafton, the Tamarack and the historic Greenbrier Resort.
Composer, educator and pianist, Dan Forrest holds a doctoral degree in composition from the University of Kansas and is a former professor of music at Bob Jones University. His compositions include choral, wind band, orchestral and chamber works. His choral works have received numerous national and international awards. Forrest’s music has been performed in leading venues across the country, including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
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