Chamber Choir at UVa-Wise to perform a new work in memory of Chancellor David Prior
The public is cordially
invited to a concert by The Chamber Choir at UVa-Wise on Sunday, October 28 at
3:00 P.M. in the Chapel of All Faiths on the UVa-Wise campus. There is no admission charge.
The program will feature
choral works primarily by American composers that have been performed at
UVa-Wise over the last 50 years.
Included are songs by Theo Gibson, Georgie Gurney and Diedre Brantley
Davis, all former faculty members at the College.
Also included are two choral
works by the late Denes Agay, a longtime summer resident of Norton. “Remembrance”, a choral work by Agay was
composed at the request of Clinch Valley College and first performed by The CVC
Women’s Chorale for the Dedication Ceremony of the Colgate W. Darden, Jr.
Memorial Garden on Capitol Square in Richmond in 1983.
The choir will perform two
choral works by the famed American composer Henry Mollicone. Mollicone, a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow
in April 1998, spent a week lecturing music history and literature classes and
conducting a concert performance of his opera, “The Face on the Barroom Floor”
and a concert of his sacred choral works, both performances by members of CVC
A series of songs from “The
Great American Songbook”, a collection of film and Broadway songs from the
1920s to the 1950s will be presented by choir soloists.
Concluding the program will
be a premiere performance of “Always Dawn, Dreams Live On, Elegy for Chancellor
David Prior” by Evelyn Pursley-Kopitzky.
The Tanzania born American composer now resides in Tennessee where she
is co-founder and organizer of the Greater Tri-Cities Area Composers’ Consortium. Her extensive opus includes chamber, choral,
art songs, and orchestral works including a recent five movement symphony, “The Constellations.”
Dawn” is based on an original poem by Dr. Gillian Huang-Tiller, poet and associate
professor of English at UVa-Wise. The
poem first appeared in a recent edition of Jimson Weed, the College literary
The Chamber Choir is a group
of 22 singers including staff and faculty at UVa-Wise and members of the
surrounding communities of Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The Choir also has three UVa-Wise student
For additional information concerning the concert and The Chamber Choir contact D. Michael Donathan Professor Emeritus of Music at UVa-Wise at firstname.lastname@example.org