Concert Choir presents fall performance on Nov. 19

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The Penn State Concert Choir, directed by Christopher Kiver, will present its annual fall concert at 8 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 19, in Esber Recital Hall. The performance will feature music by American, British, Italian and Latvian composers.

Concert highlights include a performance of "Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing" by 20th-century British composer Herbert Howells. The motet was written for a memorial service honoring John F. Kennedy, and is based on "Hymnus circa Exsequias Defuncti," written by a Roman monk in A.D. 400. The concert will also include Ottorino Respighi's "Lauda per la Nativita del Signore" (Laud to the Nativity), a cantata for choir, soloists, woodwinds and piano. The text, by 13th century Franciscan friar Jacopone da Todi, depicts the birth of Jesus as it was witnessed by the shepherds.

Tickets are $4.99 for the general public and $2 for students. Tickets are available at the door approximately 30 minutes prior. This concert is also available through live streaming video at the Penn State School of Music.


"A Prayer of the Middle Ages" by Howard Hanson
"Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing" by Herbert Howells (motet on the death of John F. Kennedy)
"Rotala (Round Dance)" by Juris Karlsons
"Lauda per la Nativita del Signore" by Ottorino Respighi (with Jamie Rappaport, soprano; Lisa Rogali, soprano; Ryan Ordnung, tenor)

The 42-voice Concert Choir has toured Europe, performing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Great Britain. Within the United States, the ensemble has performed extensively within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, New England, Louisiana and the Southwest, and at premier venues including Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh), the Kimmel Center (Philadelphia) and the Music Center at Strathmore (Maryland). The Concert Choir has performed at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Performing music from the Renaissance through to the present in its regularly-scheduled campus concerts, recent performances of major choral works have included Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 in C minor (“Resurrection”), "Ein deutsches Requiem" by Johannes Brahms, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and "Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi." Further information regarding the Concert Choir can be found at

Last Updated November 08, 2013