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"Through Love to Light"

Spring 2021 Concert

CANCELLED due to the coronavirus outbreak.

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Friday, May 8, 2020
8:00 PM

Derry Presbyterian Church, Hershey


Saturday, May 9, 2020

8:00 PM
High Center, Messiah College, Mechanicsburg



Artistic Director and Conductor Linda L. Tedford has designed a concert of music that celebrates the resilience and strength of the human spirit in song, crafted by some of today’s most exciting and innovative composers.

“These are stories that connect us and reflect our capacity to love and persevere, even in the face of adversity,” Conductor Tedford said. “I am particularly excited about the centerpiece of our performance: Jake Runestad’s A Silence Haunts Me, which invites us into the personal experience of Beethoven as he gradually loses his hearing. I find it especially meaningful to present this stunning piece in 2020, the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth.”

Kim André Arnesen’s Even When He is Silent encourages hope in the darkest hour of life. The text for this piece was written by a World War II prisoner, who etched the words on the wall of his cell while being held at a concentration camp.    

Also featuring:
Eric Whitacre: Goodnight Moon
Elaine Hagenberg: Oh Love and Through Love to Light
Shawn Kirchner: Sweet Rivers
James Stevens arrangement: Nearer My God to Thee
C.Thomas Schwalm: Look to this Day, commissioned and premiered by the Chorale in 1997

“I have chosen repertoire that speaks to a variety of emotions that Beethoven may have experienced, from frustration to exuberant joy,” Conductor Tedford said.  


Join the Susquehanna Chorale for an evening of stunningly beautiful music that will not only inspire, but leave you spellbound. From the warm intimacy of reading “Goodnight Moon” to a child, to the jubilation expressed in Nearer My God to Thee as you’ve never heard it before, this concert embraces our humanity and shares the much-needed message that love always moves us toward the light. This is the choral art at its finest!