Concert Choir to perform “Annelies”

BLOOMSBURG—The adult chorus of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania will join with the Bloomsburg University Concert Choir and soprano Jessica Hitchcock for a performance of James Whitbourn’s “Annelies” on Saturday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in the Haas Center for the Arts, Mitrani Hall. BU faculty member Alan Baker, DMA, will conduct, with accompaniment by violinist John Vaida, Jr., cellist Christiane Vaida, clarinetist Nick Driscoll, and pianist Ron Stabinsky. Admission is free.

Composed in 2004, the work’s libretto, by Melanie Challenger, uses words from ‘Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl,’ to share one of the most famous memoirs of the Holocaust.

The libretto of Annelies is not a chronological narrative of excerpts from the diary. It begins with a foreshadowing of the end and concludes with words in which Anne crystallized her hopes and ideals. In between are reflections on life in hiding, observations of the increasingly ominous world outside, and expressions of intense self-awareness. A few parts of the libretto are taken from sources other than the diary: including a traditional German folksong that Anne may have learned at her mother’s knee, the Greek words Kyrie Eleison (Lord, have mercy), an account of the capture taken from official reports, and verses from the Old Testament Psalms and Lamentations.

This program is supported by The Pennsylvania Partners in the Arts, a joint effort of the PA Council on the Arts and the Pocono Arts Council. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts is a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Bloomsburg University is one of 14 universities in Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education. The university serves approximately 8,900 students, offering comprehensive programs of study in the colleges of Education, Business, Liberal Arts and Science and Technology.