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Susquehanna Chorale Returns to Mt. Gretna

            Harrisburg, PA July 22, 2015 — Central Pennsylvania’s critically acclaimed Susquehanna Chorale will present “Music for a Summer’s Evening” at Mt. Gretna’s open-air Tabernacle  on Sunday, August 16, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. The Chorale’s founder and artistic director, Linda L. Tedford, will direct the Chorale in its appearance as part of Mt. Gretna’s Summer at the Tabernacle concert series.

            “We love being at Mt. Gretna,” says Ms. Tedford.  “There’s something about singing outside on a summer night, with birds adding their voices to ours, that makes for  a happy communication with the audience.”  The program will feature both sacred and secular settings of music related to faith, love, and the fanciful elements of life.   After opening with Franz Schubert’s stately Heilig, Heilig, Heilig, sung in the round, the Chorale will present Monteverdi’s elegant Beatus Vir and a setting of Amazing Grace that encompasses the ancient request for forgiveness,  “kyrie eleison.”

            Love and fancy will be well represented through Jenny Kissed Me, which expresses the happy lightness when love is found; David Dickau’s setting of e.e. cummings’ expression of deepest love, i carry your heart; Randy Newman’s tongue-in-cheek Short People; and Lennon and McCartney’s gentle homage to the life that goes on, Ob-la-di, ob-la-da. These and other songs on the themes of love and fancy will be followed by a set of spirituals to close the program.

            Admission is without charge; a free-will offering to support the Tabernacle’s summer series will be collected.  The Tabernacle is located at Third Street and Glossbrenner Avenue, Mt. Gretna, PA (the Campmeeting side of Mt. Gretna).  For more information call 717-533-7859 or visit www.sc@susquehannachorale.org.  For parking information, see “Directions” at www.mtgretnatabernacle.org.

            Founded in 1981, and Ensemble-in-Residence at Messiah College since 2009, the Chorale is a winner of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence. In 2011 Ms.  Tedford received the American Choral Directors Association of Pennsylvania’s prestigious Elaine Brown Award for lifelong commitment to excellence and leadership in the choral art.  She is also one of two recipients of Theater Harrisburg’s 2013 Art Awards for distinguished service to the arts in the capital region.