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University Chorale Concert Will Feature Marian Music

The repertoire will include an original piece by Franciscan's own Dr. Paul Weber

Posted: Wednesday, October 28, 2009

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STEUBENVILLE, OH — Come experience Marian song from throughout the centuries with the University Chorale of Franciscan University of Steubenville on Sunday, November 15, at 8:00 p.m. in Christ the King Chapel.

The program consists of music in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the medieval period to the present, including Mozart's "Alma Dei Creatoris" and "Regina Coeli." The chorale will also perform one of British composer Charles Stanford's many settings of the "Magnificat," Mary's prayer from the Gospel of St. Luke. The chorale will debut "Ave Maria—Tollite Portas" (Lift up Your Heads, O ye Gates—Hail Mary, Full of Grace), a piece composed by Dr. Paul Weber, assistant professor of music and director of organ at Franciscan University. The concert concludes with another "Ave Maria," the best-known work of German composer Franz Biebl, written in 1964.

The chorale is directed by Dr. Alanna Keenan, assistant professor of music and director of voice at Franciscan University.

"There is such a wealth of Marian music, but much of it goes unperformed," Keenan says. "I wanted to highlight the diversity of this music and create a program that both challenges my students and engages the audience."

The concert is free and open to the public.

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