THE GENEVANS
Dr. David Kenneth Smith, Conductor
Music Department, Geneva College
3200 College Avenue
Beaver Falls, PA 15010

NEWS RELEASE

May 4, 2018                                                                           

Contact Information:
Megan Siegle, PR Director
Cell: (856) 236-9247
Email: masiegle@geneva.edu

GENEVANS PERFORM SONGS OF ROBERT AND CLARA SCHUMANN
IN ZWICKAU, GERMANY

BEAVER FALLS, PA – Members of The Genevans, the student choir of Geneva College, have been invited to perform art songs by Robert and Clara Schumann at the Robert-Schumann-Haus museum in Zwickau, Germany in a noon concert on Wednesday, May 16, 2018.  The public is invited free of charge to the concert  hall that is located in the composer’s home.
Selections from the art songs, or Lieder in German, will be sung by several members of the choir, including recent Geneva graduates Megan Siegle, Benjamin Kennedy, and Leah Milliron, along with Annie Dawson, Eden Smith, and Zackary Bacon who have just finished their Sophomore year.  They will be accompanied on the piano by 2017 graduate Michael Kearney and now-Senior Jessica Le.

The singers will select from Clara’s well-loved “Liebst du um Schönheit” (If you Love for Beauty’s Sake), “Am Strande” (On the Shore)  and “Lorelei,” and lesser-known “Walzer” (Waltz) and “Volkslied” (Folksong).  Also performed will be Robert Schumann’s lovely “Du bist wie eine Blume” (You are like a Flower) and a pair from his song-cycle Frauenliebe und –lebe (A Woman’s Love and Life).

The Genevans choir will round off the informal concert with “Zuversicht” (Confidence), a double-choir work by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), “Abendfeier in Venedig” (Vespers in Venice), a rarely-heard choral piece by Clara Schumann (1819-1896), and “Warum willst du and’re fragen” (Why will You Question Others), an arrangement of a song by Clara which was recently arranged for chorus by Genevans conductor David Kenneth Smith.

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Dr. David Kenneth Smith has been promoting the music of Clara Schumann for over twenty years in concerts of her songs and those of composers she was close to, which was capped by an evening in 1996 in which he and his colleagues performed the complete songs of Clara Schumann to commemorate one hundred years since her death.  In the same year, he established the composer’s website www.claraschumann.net that was among the first major websites for composers, having since been viewed by well over a million visitors from around the world.
Considering the 2019 celebration, Dr. Smith said, “I’m sorry that the choir couldn’t be in Leipzig and Zwickau for the Bicentennial, but with our concert, I’d like to call on musicians across the world to perform the works of Clara Schumann in her 200th year to celebrate the premier female musician of the 19th century, an accomplished composer, virtuoso pianist, and champion of new music.”

Along with the works of Robert and Clara Schumann, The Genevans’ tour program includes pieces by composers whose hometowns they are visiting, including Bach, Mendelssohn, Dvořák and Mozart, as well as choral music specially commissioned for their Soli Deo Gloria tour by American composers Diane Whitacre, Byron G. Curtis, and choir organist Michael R. Kearney.

The Genevans choir will be on their 16-day Soli Deo Gloria tour between stops along the Rhine River and venues in Wittenberg and Leipzig.

The Genevans choir exists to glorify God and minister to people through the gift of music. Founded in 1938, the choir continues a rich heritage of choral singing dating from the early years of the college over a century and a half ago. The mission of The Genevans is to engage audiences while glorifying God and ministering with important spiritual truth. Over the course of their long history, The Genevans have acquired a reputation for choral excellence, musical variety and spiritual impact.

For more information, including recordings for purchase, booking information, and The Genevans’ full concert schedule, visit The Genevans on the web at http://www.geneva.edu/genevans, or contact conductor Dr. David Kenneth Smith at (724) 847-6662 or at dksmith@geneva.edu. Stay up-to-date with The Genevans’ tour itinerary by following them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/thegenevans.

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