Commemorative Dedication: Lighting the Rose Window -A Musical Celebration

For immediate release
March 14, 2001


A Musical Celebration

SOUTH HADLEY, Massachusetts--On Friday, March 30th at 8:00 p.m. Allen Bonde, Larry Schipull, the Mount Holyoke College Chamber Singers, and student instrumentalists will perform a concert in Abbey Chapel to dedicate the lighting of the rose window. The lighting of the rose window is made possible through the gift of Harold Buckingham and his family in honor of his wife Joyce Buckingham, an alumna, to honor her lifelong service to Mount Holyoke College.

The program revolves around the theme of light, including the premiere of Allen Bonde's Rose Window for piano four-hands, performed by the composer and his wife Maria. The musicians will use the entire Chapel space, from front steps to the back balcony, including performances by Larry Schipull of Henri Mulet and J. S. Bach from the Skinner and FiskLarry Schipull of Henri Mulet and J. S. Bach from the Skinner and Fisk organs. The Chamber Singers, directed by Christopher Aspaas, will perform works such as Gladsome Light by Pavel Chesnokov for eight-part women's voices and Dirait-on by Morten Lauridsen. They will also sing Bonde's To Walk Beyond Dreams, whose words describe '...The glow of the rose in the garden, As well as transfixed in a window Beyond and above the voices of praise...' which has become a favorite of alumnae and the entire Mount Holyoke College community.

This event is free and open to the public, and promises to be a wonderful evening of music in celebration of this wonderful gift, the lighting of the rose window in Abbey Chapel.