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Alum-led choir shines in
Gloriana, a 24-voice professional
choir conducted and founded by Deuane ’75 and Karen (McClellan)
Kuenzi ’74, will be part of a monumental recording next May. Gloriana
will record the choral portion of the new composition “Symphony
of Tears,” written to commemorate the 1915 genocide of the Armenians
by the Turks. While the singers in Gloriana are from around the
country, their office is based in Lakewood, Wash.
The work was written by internationally
recognized composer Jeff Manookian, who is of Armenian descent.
The recording will be conducted by world renowned Maestro Loris
Tjeknovarian of the Vienna Philharmonic. The orchestra for the
recording will be the Orchestra of St. Gregory, one of the finest
professional orchestras in Europe.
Recording is tentatively scheduled
for St. John’s Cathedral in New York City, known for its magnificent
Gloriana was selected after Maestro
Tjeknovarian heard a performance by the choir in Lincoln Center
several months ago. He agreed to do the recording only if Gloriana
would take part.
The choir’s most memorable experiences
have been appearing on the CBS show “Touched By An Angel,” and
recording a CD to benefit cancer research, “Songs of America,”
which was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Gloriana is scheduled to perform
on a two-hour Christmas special to be aired on Christmas Eve 2001,
in which Karen Kuenzi will have a minor role. Other upcoming projects
include performances in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas. Deuane
will conduct the Sydney Orchestra and Chorus (Australia) in the
Sydney Opera House in 2003.