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Wednesday, May 30, 2001
Song about battleship to debut at June concert

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  • By CAROL COMEGNO
    Courier-Post Staff
    HADDONFIELD

    Get ready to sail off at twilight on June 9.

    A newly composed song about the battleship USS New Jersey will premiere at a concert given by ChildrenSong, a 120-member South Jersey youth choir, and the West Jersey Chamber Orchestra.

    The "Sail Away!" spring concert will feature "Twilight at Sea," written by composer-in-residence Dean Rishel based on a poem by choir member Emily Westfield of Haddon Heights.

    The concert is at 7:30 p.m. at Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Road.

    "The composition was created in honor of the battleship USS New Jersey, which has found a permanent home on the Camden County waterfront," said Polly Murray, artistic director of ChildrenSong.

    The collaboration is the result of a yearlong process that involved a poetry competition among choir members and a visit from retired Navy Capt. David McGuigan, the former president of the nonprofit South Jersey group to which the Navy awarded the ship as a museum in January 2000. The ship is expected to open Labor Day weekend.

    Other sea songs on the program include "The Water Is Wide," "Drunken Sailor" and "Three Italian Songs of the Sea."

    Tickets are available at the door. Admission is $10. Group rates are available by calling (856) 216-1140 in advance.



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