DePauw University Choirs (September 2015 Concert)
Kristina Boerger, director, with special faculty guest artists organist Carla Edwards, mezzo-soprano Caroline Smith and pianist Amanda Hopson
"Flora and Fauna"
Sunday, September 27@3 p.m.
Green Center, Kresge Auditorium
The DePauw Choirs, under the direction of Kristina Boerger, will present its opening
concert "Flora and Fauna," including music in a variety of regional and temporal styles, all inspired by poetry on images of flowers and animals. The cornerstone of the concert will be Benjamin Britten's beloved cantata, "Rejoice in the Lamb," featuring the combined choirs and University organist Carla Edwards. The text for this work is by the 18th-century poet Christopher Smart, who penned his verses while confined in an insane asylum. His poem protests his mistreatment but also catalogs the animistic presence of the Divine in every perceptible aspect of our life on earth down even to the brave, little mouse or to the root that sustains the flower. The rest of the concert will feature Lambs, deer, doves, geese, roses and other life of all kinds as heard in Elizabethan madrigal, 20th-century part-song, African-American liturgical anthem, traditional Corsican Mass, South African polyphony, or Beatles hit. As a special, added attraction, faculty artists Caroline Smith, mezzo-soprano, and Amanda Hopson, piano, will perform Francis Poulenc's "Le Bestiaire," a whimsical setting of miniature poems about animals by Guillaume Apollinaire.
The following students are featured as soloists in this concert: Kristin Daines '16, soprano; Elizabeth Brunnell '18, soprano; Addy Sterrett '16, soprano; Dana Hart '16, mezzosoprano; Lance Orta '14, tenor; Logan Dell'Acqua '18, baritone; David Mather '19, baritone
THE UNIVERSITY CHORUS
The DePauw University Chorus offers opportunities for both beginning and advanced students. These 60-70 mixed voices perform music incorporating a diversity of choral repertoire, voicings and sounds, including at least one of the great choral masterworks each year. In 2013, the combined University choirs presented Bernstein's masterpiece Chichester Psalms, in the version for choir, organ, percussion and harp, welcoming back to the podium Musical America's 2004 "Conductor of the Year" and distinguished DePauw alumnus Joseph Flummerfelt '58. The following year, the choirs presented Poulenc's Gloria and in 2015, Beethoven's majestic Symphony No. 9, in performance with the DePauw University Orchestra.
THE CHAMBER SINGERS
The DePauw Chamber Singers is a select 16-20 member group that performs small-scale choral works and chamber music. The ensemble's performances feature pieces ranging from the early renaissance to the 21st century. This challenging repertoire facilitates the development of skills necessary in becoming an advanced choral singer and musician. On many occasions, the Chamber Singers have been able to participate in workshops with renowned living composers. A few recent examples include rehearsing A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass with composer Dominick DiOrio, the dramatic cantata Eleanor Roosevelt with Libby Larsen, working with DePauw School of Music faculty composer Scott Perkin on A Stolen Child and with Pulitzer prize-winner John Corigliano on his L'invitation au voyage.
Visit http://www.depauw.edu/music/ensembles/choirs for more information.
Green Center for the Performing Arts, Kresge Auditorium (View)
605 S. College Ave.
Greencastle, IN 46135
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