34th annual All Saints Day concert at St. Norbert College

Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007

From St. Norbert College, October 4, 2007
by Mike Counter, mike.counter@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

The Dudley Birder Chorale of St. Norbert College will sing a new, never-performed choral piece at its 34th annual All Saints Day concert. The concert will be held at St. Norbert College's Walter Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20. The new piece, "Psalm 96," was written and will be conducted by accomplished choral composer, arranger and performer Randol Bass.

The Chorale commissioned Bass to write "Psalm 96" in celebration of Dudley Birder's 80th birthday. Bass has achieved an impressive array of performances and commissions by prestigious orchestras and choruses throughout the U.S. and Europe. Bass will also conduct the 160-voice Chorale singing another of his often-performed compositions, "Gloria."

Dudley Birder will conduct the Chorale for another program highlight, the Wisconsin premiere of Ron Kean's "American Mass." The Chorale will also perform, under Birder's direction, John Rutter's "Requiem" and will close the concert with "For All the Saints."

Yi-Lan Niu of the St. Norbert College faculty will make her local debut as featured soprano soloist in both the "American Mass" and "Requiem."

In keeping with tradition, a special candlelight tribute remembering members of the community will be followed by the singing of Faur