Threshold Series

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'A Life in Music: Singing and the Human Experience'
A Conversation and Community Sing

Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017
7 p.m.
Fred M. Rogers Center

You are cordially invited to attend the 79th presentation in the Saint Vincent College Threshold Series and the 9th presentation in the Ann Kinzer Clark, M.D. Memorial Lecture Series.

Of all the arts, singing is the most companionable. So says Alice Parker, a composer, conductor and teacher who’s been shaping the universe of chorale music for most of her 90 years. She began as a young woman, studying conducting with Robert Shaw at Juilliard and collaborated with him on arrangements of folk songs, spirituals and hymns that are still performed around the world today. Parker is also a bracing thinker and moving writer, a wise and joyful woman who speaks about why singing is able to touch and join human beings in ways few other arts can. “I think each one of us is a walking encyclopedia of all the sounds we’ve ever heard in our lives,” Parker commented. “And it takes color, or a representational object, or an occurrence, or remembering the first love, all those things. What they call forth, the kind of communication they call forth is music. Trying to get them in words is loads of fun. It’s a marvelous game trying to pin these things down. And the lovely thing with the music is that we don’t have to be limited by the way that words are limited by our rational minds. Singing is able to touch and join human beings in ways few other arts can.”

Admission is free of charge.
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The popular Threshold Series was established by the College in 1981 through a grant from the McKenna Foundation of Latrobe to provide a public forum for presentations by distinguished speakers.

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The Threshold Series

Threshold logoSaint Vincent College established the Threshold Series in 1981 when the Kennametal Foundation of Latrobe made a substantial grant to the College for the creation of an ongoing series of lectures and cultural events.


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Previous Speakers

Threshold logoPrevious Threshold speakers have included:

  • Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J.
  • Carl Sagan
  • Isaac Asimov
  • Claire Bloom
  • Alex Haley
  • Lt. General James A. Abrahamson
  • Stephen F. Cohen
  • Ralph Nader
  • Robert Jarvik
  • Michael Medved
  • Jane Bryant Quinn
  • Harold S. Kushner
  • Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.
  • Archduke Rudolph of Austria
  • Roger Cossack
  • Heinz-Joachim Fischer
  • Jerome Oetgen
  • Benjamin Zander
  • Colleen Carroll Campbell
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
  • Steven Johnson