Cornell's Director of Choral Music Scott Tucker To Conduct Mayfest Concert

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Scott Tucker, Cornell University's Director of choral music will next week be conducting at the Ithaca Mayfest according to musicloversblog.com. Choral music lovers will be eagerly anticipating the opportunity to witness Tucker conducting before he departs Cornell and heads to Choral Arts Society later this year.

Scott Tucker, Cornell University's Director of choral music will next week be conducting at the Ithaca Mayfest according to musicloversblog.com. Choral music lovers will be eagerly anticipating the opportunity to witness Tucker conducting before he departs Cornell and heads to Choral Arts Society later this year.

Scott Tucker will be conducting members of the University Chorus and Glee club as they perform selections of Sergei Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil ('Vespers'). Composed in 1915, the piece is often regarded as one of Rachmaninoff's finest works. The All-Night Vigil features unaccompanied choral music which originates from a chant from the Russian Orthodox Church. The Cornell International Chamber Music Festival this year celebrates its fifth year. The Mayfest concert will be something of a local farewell for Scott Tucker who is departing from Cornell after 17 years of service.

Tuckers performance is part of Program I which opens the festival on May 20th. The concert will be taking place in the spectacular new Milstein Hall. Programs II, III and IV will be held in Barnes Hall from May 21st through May 23rd. The festival is sponsored by Cornell University's Department of Music and the Sidney T. Cox Fund. Other notable musicians performing at Mayfest are violinist's Ariana Kim and Katherine Murdock. Kim is Cornell's new violinist and Murdock is a former Ithaca resident who is returning from the University of Maryland for the festival.

In September Scott Tucker will be leaving his tenure at Cornell University. He is joining the Choral Arts Society in Washington DC where he will succeeding the Norman Scribner as the Artistic Director. Before he arrived at Cornell Professor Tucker was choral director at the Milton Academy and assistant conductor at Harvard University.

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