LOVE World Premier - Susquehanna Valley Chorale

Live Music

October 23, 2022

Susquehanna Valley Chorale

  • Zion Lutheran Church
  • 15 S 5th St. Sunbury, PA 17801
  • 570-547-0455
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The Susquehanna Valley Chorale’s 22-23 season opens on Sunday October 23 at 3pm with the world premiere of a new commission called LOVE. The SVC is pleased to present this moving new commission written by Conductor and Music Director, William Payn.

The new work was created by SVC Conductor and Music Director William Payn during the global pandemic when members of the Chorale could not safely gather to sing. Payn has served as Music Director and Conductor of the Susquehanna Valley Chorale for over twenty-five years.

The performance will feature two audience favorite soloists: soprano Lynn Eustis and baritone Daniel Teadt. Lynn last sang with the Chorale during the 2018 performance of Brahms’ Requiem. Daniel sang with the SVC in the fall of 2011 for the performance of Carmina Burana and then again when the SVC collaborated with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra in the fall of 2012 for Dona Nobis Pacem.

The new work, Love, includes ten movements, each of which is dedicated in honor or in memory of someone who is connected to the SVC and had a significant impact on the organization. There are dedications to Cyril Stretansky, Joanne Wilson, Rev. John J. Dromazos, Paul and Betty Keene, Harriet Bresenhan, Martha Zeller, John Goldsmith, Margarita Morales Kearns, Daniel Payn, The Anderson/Bowen/Payn Family, Ruth Anderson, and Robert Gronlund.

Payn said of his inspiration for the work, “Through the ages, poets have written about love in its many forms. Their words are often inspiring and speak eloquently of the human condition and the inexplicable need for connection.”

The performance is sixty minutes in length featuring settings of poetry about love and human connection. The words of the following poets are highlighted in the work: Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Collin Berry, Naomi Shihab Nye, Virginia Smith, Langston Hughes, e.e. cummings, Harrisburg’s Poet Laureate Rick Kearns, Rabindranath Tagore and William Payn.

Payn stated in one of his journal entries while creating the work, “Having extended time to compose has been pure heaven and a luxury I truly appreciate. I am keeping a journal each day about the creative process and my experiences as a composer.”

Seating for this one-time-only engagement is limited, so patrons are encouraged to purchase tickets early.

Tickets are $25 for adults and student tickets are $10 and are available at or by calling 570-547-0455. Youth under the age of 12 are always free.

For more information about the Chorale, including auditions for adults and youth, visit












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