WPI to Present Witchwife: Requiem for Susanna Martin

Written by John Delorey, director of choral music at WPI, the vocal work is available on a new recording.

Delorey, left, during a 2009 production of Witchwife by WPI students in London.

What: WPI's Vocal Performance Lab, under the direction of John Delorey, will present Witchwife: Requiem for Susanna Martin (1621–1692).

Delorey, instructor and director of choral music at WPI, is a descendant of Martin. He wrote this theatrical composition for the Vocal Performance Lab, based on the book Susanna Martin by Janet Delorey.

When: Sunday, Feb. 23, at 4 p.m.

Where: Spaulding Recital Hall in Alden Memorial, on the WPI campus, 100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.

Why: The performance is part of a celebration of the commercial release of a recording of Witchwife. Recorded, produced and mastered at WPI by Jarrod Ratcliffe '10, marketed online by José Navedo '13, and realized as a CD by Johsua Croke '14, the recording is available on iTunes and in CD format. There will be a reception following the concert to meet the performers, who will travel to London this summer to perform Witchwife at the church in Olney, Buckinghamshire, where Susanna Martin was baptized. She later moved to Salem, Mass., where she was executed during the Salem Witch Trials.

Other Information: The concert is free and open to the public. There will be an optional suggested donation in support of the Choral Tour of London, as the WPI Men’s Glee Club celebrates its 140th anniversary.

February 21, 2014

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