Penn State President to discuss the history of choral music

University Park, Pa. -- Choral music combines two powerful forms of human expression -- music and language -- that allow the choral musicians and their audiences to connect intimately and immediately during performances. The body of singers performs to a high standard to enhance the atmosphere of the concert hall or church. And these public gatherings of song have been a part of music history for centuries.

Penn State President Graham Spanier and his guests, Tony Leach and Gilbert Lewis Bailey II, will discuss the evolution of choral music on the upcoming edition of "To The Best Of My Knowledge."

The live call-in program will air at 8 p.m. on Jan. 19, on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM. It also airs on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

Tony Leach is an associate professor of music and music education in Penn State’s College of Arts and Architecture. He is the University’s second Penn State laureate and founding musical director and conductor of Penn State choir, Essence of Joy.

Gilbert Lewis Bailey II is a senior at Penn State majoring in musical theatre from Bensalem, Pa. He has appeared in many School of Theatre and University Resident Theatre productions and is a tenor in Essence of Joy.

Viewers and listeners are invited to join the conversation with questions or comments by calling (800) 543-8242 or e-mailing during the broadcast.

A monthly feature on WPSU-TV and WPSU-FM, "To the Best of My Knowledge" features Penn State faculty, local experts and national guests in discussions on a variety of topics. In its 10th year of production, the program reaches viewers, Web users and listeners and allows the audience to communicate directly with Penn State's president.

WPSU serves central Pennsylvania with programming, educational services and community outreach. This public media service produces, acquires and distributes programs that address local interests and reflect the diverse cultural, political, geographic and demographic characteristics of an audience within central Pennsylvania.

Last Updated January 18, 2010