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DePauw University Chorus Features 20th Century American Composers in Sunday Concert

November 19, 2004

November 19, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw University Chorus, under the direction of Vincent Metallo, will perform a concert focusing on twentieth-century American composers on Sunday, November 21, in Kresge Auditorium of the Performing Arts Center. This concert, which begins at 3 p.m., is free and open to the public. It will feature works by such noted American composers as Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Leonard Bernstein, Randall Thompson and Charles Ives.

For this program, Metallo decided to focus his energy on American twentieth-century works that offered a certain degree of challenge and beauty. "I chose this music because of its wonderful harmonic structure as well as its vocal complexity," says Metallo of the repertoire. "Even so, these pieces are very melodic and lush."

Works such as Aaron Copland's The Promise of Living, Charles Ives' Memories, and Leonard Bernstein's Make Our Garden Grow also speak to the uniqueness of American composition and its development during the twentieth-century. "America emerged not only as a world power but a musical power with its own distinctive sound during the twentieth century," claims Metallo. "This was often times expressed in classical music influenced by jazz, musical theatre, folk song and Hollywood cinema"

Joining Metallo and the DePauw University Chorus on this program will be pianists John Clodfelter and Julianne Merrill.

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