Brianne Partington Will Participate in Annual Concert Choir Tour

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Rachael Bozza and Brianne Partington (File photo)

PARSIPPANY — Brianne Partington of Mount Tabor will tour Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Washington D.C. with Lebanon Valley College’s Concert Choir. Partington, a graduate of Parsippany Hills High School, is pursuing a bachelor of arts in music business at The Valley.

The 83rd Annual LVC Concert Choir will bring their program, “Be Well: Body, Mind, and Spirit,” to the Washington, D.C. area March 22-24. The songs to be performed include Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” and Lotti’s “Crucifixus” to more contemporary pieces “The State of Emptiness” by Catherine Dalton and Jake Runestad’s “Please Stay.”

The program also includes a wide variety of literature including a traditional Pennsylvaina Dutch piece, “Reide, Reide, Geili,” and an arrangement of the spiritual “Ain’t No Grave Can Hold My Body Down.”

The traditional LVC Concert Choir pieces “Vela Vela” and Lutkin’s “The Lord Bless You and Keep You” will round out the concert. It is our hope that this combination of pieces will encourage audiences to reflect on their own wellness, or at least, accept the concert as some respite from the busyness of our daily lives.

The Lebanon Valley College Concert Choir is one of two auditioned mixed choral ensembles at LVC. Concert Choir has toured each year, primarily in the Northeast, since 1936. In addition, the choir has been heard on more than 30 national radio broadcasts including National Radio Pulpit and Great Choirs in America. The choir has performed with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and holds standing invitations to appear at the National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., and the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, New York City.

Other non-tour appearances have included the Lighting of the National Christmas Tree, the Festival of Lights at the Washington, D.C. Temple Visitor’s Center, performing with the General Conference of the United Methodist Church, and appearances before the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the Music Educators National Conference Eastern Division Convention in Washington, D.C.

The choir has toured internationally to Eastern Europe (1973), Great Britain (1999), Italy (2001), Central Europe: the Czech Republic, Austria, and Hungary (2007), and Norway and Denmark (2011.)

83rd Annual LVC Concert Choir Spring Tour Itinerary
Friday, March 22
CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. at Bel Air United Methodist Church
21 Linwood Drive – Bel Air, MD 21014

Saturday, March 23
CONCERT – 9:30 a.m. at Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue – Washington, D.C. 20017

Sunday, March 24
CONCERT – 11:00 a.m. at Bethesda United Methodist Church
8300 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD 20814

CONCERT – 4:00 p.m. at Miller Chapel Lebanon Valley College
101 North College Avenue – Annville, PA 17003

Concerts are free admission and open to the public. A free-will offering will be collected at each concert to benefit local charities.

Lebanon Valley College offers bachelor’s degrees in the arts and humanities, business and communications, education, health professions, social sciences and psychology, and science, technology, engineering, and math. Advanced health professions degrees include a master of athletic training, a master of speech-language pathology, and a doctor of physical therapy. Online and graduate programs include an MBA with four concentrations and a general option offered on-campus or partially or fully online, a Master of Science in STEM Education, an Integrative STEM Education Certificate, a Master in Music Education, and a Modern Band Certificate. In 2018, the College was listed as #1 in the country for graduate job placement by the career guidance site, using federal data. The 357-acre campus is in Annville, Pa.