Whittier College News Release

Whittier College
Office of Public Relations
13406 Philadelphia St.
P.O. Box 634
Whittier, CA  90608-0634
April 2, 2002
Contact:
  Judy Browning at (562) 907-4216
Reference:  01/02: 55       

                        “Samson” to Open Bach Festival at Whittier College

Chorale Bel Canto and the Bach Festival Orchestra will perform “Samson,” an oratorio
by G. F. Handel, at the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts at Whittier
College at 8 p.m., on Saturday, April 13.  The concert is the first of several
performances that will make up the 65th Annual Bach Festival at the college.

There will be a pre-concert lecture at 7:15 p.m. presented by Stephen Gothold,
professor of music and conductor for the festival, and Wendy Furman-Adams, professor
of English.

The six soloists are Corey Carlton and Jean Gothold, sopranos; Martha Jane Weaver,
contralto; Jonathan Mack, tenor; and Robert Lopez and Wayne Shepperd, basses. 
Written at the same time as the more famous “Messiah, “Samson” premiered at London’s Covent Garden in 1743. It is based on the Restoration-era poetry of John Milton’s
Samson Agonistes
.

Tickets for “Samson” are $12 for the general public and $10 for senior citizens, with a
student-rush price of $5.  Tickets and information are available by calling the Shannon
Center Box Office at (562) 907-4203.

Cellist David Garrett will present “Bach & Co.,” a program of music written by and
inspired by J.S. Bach, beginning at 8 p.m., on Sunday, April 14, in the Memorial Chapel
on campus.  Garrett has been a cellist with the Los Angeles Philharmonic since February
of 2000.  He was previously a member of the Houston Symphony, assistant principal of
the San Antonio Symphony and a member of the New Orleans Philharmonic.  In addition
to performing, Garrett teaches cello at California State University, Long Beach.

Garrett maintains a wide range of musical interests, and his concert will include
Bach’s “Suite No. 1 in G Major,” and “Suite No. 6 in D Major,” in addition to
“Suite No. 1. in G Major” by Max Reger, and “Suite No. 1” by Ernst Bloch.

Whittier College music students will present a Bach Musicale at 7 p.m., on
Tuesday, April 16, in Memorial Chapel.  Admission is free.

On Saturday, April 20, at 8 p.m. in the chapel, college faculty and guest artists will
perform chamber music.  Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for senior
citizens and students with ID.

The festival will end with a cantata concert on Sunday, April 21, at 8 p.m., in the
chapel.  The Whittier College Women’s Chorale will perform “Magnificat,” by Nicola
Porpora.  Cantori Sine Nomine, a 20-voice choral group, will perform Bach’s “Lobet den
Herren,” and the Whittier College Choir will sing “Herr, wie du willt so schicks mit mir,”
also by Bach.  The groups will be all backed by the Bach Festival Orchestra. 
Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for senior citizens and students with ID.   

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year
college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs
taught in the context of the liberal arts.  Whittier Law School, which is accredited by
the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law
Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.     

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