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Faculty Organ Recital in Remembrance of Heroes and Martyrs of WWII

Music faculty member Dr. Christine Clewell will perform a recital in remembrance of heroes and martyrs of World War II on Friday, April 8, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 100 South Sixth Street, Indiana, Pa. Admission will be free.

The recital will be assisted by Sandy Rubright (Class of 1979); Christopher Thomas, IUP interim director of Choral Activities; Dr. Joseph Baunoch of the IUP Voice faculty; students from the IUP vocal area; and Rowna Sutin, the main cantorial soloist at Rodef Shalom Congregation (Pittsburgh).

The program is dedicated to the memory of German Lutheran pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Born in 1906, Bonhoeffer became a martyr on April 9, 1945.

The program will feature twentieth-century organ solo literature, and it will include solo and choral music written in both the classical liturgical and modern styles. Music will also be performed from the musical drama Wallenberg, along with a festival voluntary of variations on “Good King Wenceslas” and an organ duet based on the Scottish hymn tune “Martyrs.”

Among the heroes and martyrs to be remembered are French composer and organist Jehan Alain (1911–1940); German composer and organist Hugo Distler (1908–1942); Czech organist and composer Petr Eben (1929–2007); and Swedish diplomat and humanitarian Raoul Wallenberg (1912–1947?).

Works to be performed are by Hubert Chaim Adler, Jehan Alain, Aminadav Aloni, Hugo Distler, Petr Eben, Frank Ferko, Kenneth Leighton, Philip Moore, Paul Sifler, and Ben Steinberg.

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