Peru State Concert Chorale debuts “Sons and Daughters of Peru”

Peru State Concert Chorale debuts “Sons and Daughters of Peru”

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May 8, 2017, 5:00 p.m. CDT
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Peru, Nebraska – The Peru State College Concert Chorale debuted “Sons and Daughters of Peru” at the Peru State 2017 Commencement on Saturday. The premier was dedicated to the memory of Dr. Thomas Ediger, a long-time music faculty member that passed in the fall of 2014.

Matt Hill, director of vocal music at Peru State, writes, “The morning provided me a humbling opportunity to premier a work I composed for the Peru State College “Concert Chorale” and as a gift for the campus community and alumni as we kick off our sesquicentennial celebrations!”

“It was a joyous occasion, and I think we may have launched a new annual tradition with ‘Sons and Daughters of Peru!’”

 

The Peru State Concert Chorale preparing to sing at Commencement.

The Peru State Concert Chorale preparing to sing at Commencement.

 

The lyrics to “Sons and Daughters of Peru:”

We are your sons, we are your daughters
We are your future and your past
We will remember all you gave us
The shadows of our presence linger on

Refrain
Oh, Peru, our steadfast mother
So faithful and so true
As long as the sun does rise o’er Nebraska skies
Our hearts belong to you.

We are your sons, we are your daughters
We built our memories in your halls
The future beckons us to leave you;
We know we never will.

You offer truth, you offer wisdom
You light the path forevermore.
May our devotion never waver
May your abiding love endure!

The Peru State Concert Chorale is a mixed-gender choir in the American concert choir tradition. The Concert Chorale specializes in 20th and 21st century choral repertoire and explores musical offerings from the United States and around the world.

Matt Hill, left, with Peru State Accompanist, Elizabeth Stinman on the quad immediately after commencement.

Matt Hill, right, with Peru State Accompanist, Elizabeth Stinman on the quad immediately after commencement.

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