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Two SVC Faculty Collaborate on March 17 Concert

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Posted: Friday Mar 15, 2013

March 15, 2013

Two Saint Vincent College faculty members in the Saint Vincent College School of Humanities and Fine Arts – Thomas Octave, associate professor and chair of the music department, and Ben Schachter, assistant professor of visual arts, will collaborate in the Westmoreland Choral Society’s presentation of Arthur Honneger’s King David at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 17 at the First Presbyterian Church, South Main Street, Greensburg.

The concert, under the direction of Octave, portrays the life of David from his life as a shepherd through his triumphs over Goliath and Saul, and up to his death.

Accompanied by members of the Pittsburgh Festival Orchestra, soloists Amber Meade, Aubree Smeltz, Patti Flowers and Katie Zuzik sopranos, mezzo-soprano Sheena Chopra, tenor Edward Graybill, the Westmoreland Children’s Chorus and featuring Joanne Luchsinger, adjunct lecturer in voice at Saint Vincent College as the Witch of Endor, the Westmoreland Choral Society will transport the audience to the time of King David through music, art and the spoken word.

Visual artist Schachter has created original art work to depict the story of King David. Schachter commented, “The King David Oratorio is an eclectic piece of music. Even the story it illustrates in music runs the range of human emotion. The abstract paintings I created for the performance were spontaneous responses to the themes from the music and the words.”

Octave commented, “I have always admired Ben’s work and I think that his art will enable the audience to experience the music in a different way.”

Anna Singer,WQED radio personality will be the narrator for the production.


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