The College of Arts and Architecture

Concert Choir

concert choir
Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 4:00pm
Esber Recital Hall - University Park, PA

General admission $4.99/Students $2

No advance purchase available. Ticket sale begins 45 minutes prior to the concert in the lobby.

The Concert Choir presents its annual fall concert, featuring dance-inspired music written by 20th-century Bristish composer Benjamin Britten and German Romantic era composer Johannes Brahms. Piano faculty members Timothy Shafer and Christopher Guzman join the choir for Brahms' "Liebeslieder Walzer," an elegant set of short walzes scored for voices and four-hand piano. The Concert Choir is conducted by Christopher Kiver, assisted by choral conducting graduate student Melody Gifford.

This concert is available via livestream at Penn State School of Music.


Sing Joyfully ♦ William Byrd (Melody Gifford, conductor)

*Choral Dances from Gloriana ♦ Benjamin Britten

  • Time
  • Concord
  • Time and Concord

*Liebeslieder Walzer, Op.52 ♦  Johannes Brahms (Timothy Shafer and Christopher Guzman, piano)

  • Rede, Mädchen
  • Am Gesteine rauscht die Flut
  • O die Frauen
  • Wie des Abends schöne Röte
  • Die grüne Hopfenranke
  • Ein kleiner, hübscher Vogel
  • Wohl schön bewandt war es
  • Wenn so lind dein Auge mir
  • Am Donaustrande
  • O wie sanft die Quelle
  • Nein, es ist nicht auszukommen
  • Schlosser auf, und mache Schlösser
  • Vögelein durchrauscht die Luft
  • Sieh, wie ist die Welle klar
  • Nachtigall, sie singt so schön
  • Ein dunkeler Schacht ist Liebe
  • Nicht wandle, mein Licht
  • Es bebet das Gesträuche

Nyon Nyon ♦ Jake Runestad

*Britten's "Choral Dances" and Brahms' "Liebeslieder Walzer" are performed in conjunction with the 2015-16 School of Music theme - "Music & Dance: Exploring Connections Between Two Art Forms," a year-long series of performances, classmusic and dance logoes, and presentations that focus on the unique relationship between music and human movement.

The Penn State University Concert Choir has undertaken numerous overseas tours to countries including Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Great Britain, and Australia. Within the United States, the Concert Choir 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). In June 2015, members of the Concert Choir performed with the Rolling Stones at Heinz Field, Pittsburgh. 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 in D Minor ("Choral"), the Verdi Requiem, Leonard Bernstein's Mass, the Poulenc Gloria and Mozart's Mass in C Minor, K. 427 ("Grand Mass"). The Concert Choir is conducted by Christopher Kiver. Enrollment by audition.