The UVA University Singers invite you to the Fall Concert 2012, featuring a preview of the ensemble’s Northeastern tour program. Encompassing a range of a cappella and accompanied works, the concert will feature composers from Rachmaninoff, Palestrina, and Stanford to Gershwin, Ticheli, Whitacre, and the world premiere of a new work by UVA composer Judith Shatin. Special highlights also include a lullaby in Icelandic, and an aboriginal Australian piece. Led by UVA faculty conductor Michael Slon, the Fall 2012 Concert takes place Friday, November 9th at 8:00 pm in Old Cabell Hall.
The University Singers is the premier mixed-voice chorus at UVA, and recently gave an acclaimed performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah in Charlottesville. Founded in 1957, the group performs a cappella and accompanied choral literature ranging from medieval chant to major choral-orchestral works, and the works of contemporary composers. In addition to the Mendelssohn, recent repertoire has included Bach's Mass in B minor, the Bernstein Chichester Psalms, and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, as well as shorter pieces by Britten, Whitacre, and Gyöngyösi. Recent trips have taken the group to Atlanta, Buffalo, Charlotte, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Virginia Beach, and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Other recent highlights have included performances with the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra, including the popular Family Holiday Concerts, concerts and workshops with Bobby McFerrin and Meredith Monk, and a performance for Hillary Clinton. In 2010, the University Singers were chosen as the sole collegiate chorus to perform at the Virginia Music Educators Association (VMEA) Conference.
The November 9th program will include UVA composer Judith Shatin’s new work “Birkat HaKohanim,” (the Hebrew blessing with begins “The Lord bless you and keep you…”) commissioned by the University Singers. A movement from Rachmaninoff’s Vespers and Stanford’s “Beati Quorum Via” will also be featured, along with a work originally written for a Disney motion picture, Whitacre’s “The Seal Lullaby.” The program also includes an aboriginal Australian piece, an Icelandic lullaby, and Halloran’s “Witness.” The UVA Chamber Singers (a select ensemble drawn from the membership of the University Singers) will sing Palestrina’s “Sicut Cervus” and Gershwin’s “Embraceable You,” and alumni will join the Singers on stage for the traditional UVA songs.
Tickets for the concert are $15 general/$5 students, and are available at the UVA Arts Box Office in the Culbreth building, online at http://tickets.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu or by calling (434) 924-3376. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Free parking is available in the C1 lot off McCormick Rd. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.
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