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    Family Weekend Concert Celebrates Inauguration

    Family Weekend President’s Concert, featuring The University of Scranton Concert Band and Concert Choir, plus several surprise performances by guest artists, will take place Saturday, Sept. 25, at 7:30 p.m. in the Houlihan-McLean Center. The performance will include the second performance of a new piece commissioned for Father Marina’s inauguration, entitled “To The Ends Of The Earth,” composed by David Lantz III.
    September 20, 2021

    On Saturday, Sept. 25, Performance Music at The University of Scranton’s Family Weekend President’s Concert will celebrate the Inauguration of Joseph G. Marina, S.J., as the University’s 29th President.

    The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. inside the University’s Houlihan-McLean Center, Mulberry Street and Jefferson Avenue. 

    The concert is open to invited guests, parents and family members visiting campus for Family Weekend and all members of the University community. Admission is free, with seating on a first-come, first-seated basis. All audience members must wear masks throughout the performance. University campus access and other health and safety information will be updated throughout the semester and can be seen on the Royals Back Together webpage.

    The University of Scranton Concert Band and Concert Choir will both perform at the concert, which is in commemoration of Father Marina’s Inauguration. The performance will include the second performance of a new work for combined band and soprano, alto, tenor and bass (SATB) choir commissioned for Father Marina’s inauguration, entitled “To The Ends Of The Earth,” composed by David Lantz III with a text inspired by themes from the 35thGeneral Congregation of The Society of Jesus. The work will receive its premiere at the Inauguration Ceremony on Sept. 24, the day before the concert, and the composer will be conducting the work at both the Inauguration Ceremony and the concert. 

    The concert will also include a short four-part choral work that was written as a gift to the University by Dr. Wycliffe Gordon H. ’06, “We Give In To Your Will”, which has become an Inauguration tradition at Scranton. 

    In addition, surprise guest performances with a “family” theme will be part of the event, according to Performance Music Conductor and Director Cheryl Y. Boga. Guest artists for the evening include the composer’s wife Marti Lantz (who will serve as pianist for the performance), Boga’s son Joseph (trumpeter with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks and The Louis Armstrong Eternity Band) and his girlfriend Kako Miura (acclaimed solo and chamber music violinist).

    For more information on the Family Weekend Concert, call 570-941-7624, email music@scranton.edu or visit scranton.edu/music.

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