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Lehigh celebrates its many voices

Steven Sametz will appropriately celebrate his quarter century—as well as the 130th anniversary of Choral Arts at Lehigh—with I Have Had Singing—The Best of Lehigh University Choral Arts, at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 2, 2005 in Baker Hall, Zoellner Arts Center.

For a full story on the history of choral arts at Lehigh click here.

I Have Had Singing is the second of three anniversary concerts celebrating Sametz’s 25 years at Lehigh, the Choral Union’s 20th Anniversary season, and the 130th year of choral music at Lehigh. This particular concert features favorite songs of years past, including Brahms’s Nanie, Vaughan Williams’s Loch Lomond, Verdelot’s Italia mia, Scheutz’s Cantate Domino and many others.

The highlight of the evening will be the premiere of The White Raven, a ballet-concerto for piano, chorus and orchestra that Sametz wrote for pianist Eugene Albulescu. It is meant to be danced but will not be in this premiere performance. Sametz was inspired by an indigenous creation tale he heard about on a trip to Alaska. Members of choral arts will give a pre-show lecture at 7 p.m. in Room 143.

The choral tradition at Lehigh University dates back to 1875 when undergraduates formed a Mandolin and Singing Club. Since that time, there has been an unbroken growth of singing at Lehigh. Sametz is the fifth director of choral activities in Lehigh's century of choral singing, having joined the faculty in 1979.

Sametz, Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music, has earned increasing renown in recent years as both a composer and conductor. He is the Director of Choral Activities at Lehigh University and also serves as artistic director of the elite a cappella ensemble, The Princeton Singers. Recent guest conducting appearances include the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, the Berkshire Choral Festival, the New York Chamber Symphony, and the Netherlands Radio Choir. Sametz’s compositions have been heard throughout the world at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Schleswig-Holstein, Santa Fe, and Salzburg music festivals.

Romanian-born pianist Eugene Albulescu emerged on the international scene in 1994 when his debut CD was awarded the International Grand Prix Liszt, adding Albulescu’s name to the list of winners which include Arrau, Brendel, Horowitz and Bolet. Having been invited to the White House to perform for the Millennium celebrations, he also performed at the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He has taught on the music faculties at Moravian College and the Wellington Conservatory, and was featured as guest speaker and recitalist at Eastman School of Music, Mansfield University, Vanderbilt University, and University of Waikato. Albulescu is currently Artist-in-Residence and Professor of Practice at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Tickets are available for $18 for the Saturday, April 2 concert at 8 p.m. All students and children: $5. Discounts are available. For reservations, please call Zoellner Ticket Services at 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS) or order online.

Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005

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