DePauw University Choirs: “In the Beginning Was...”
ArtsFest 2017: “Art and Origins”
DePauw University Chorus
and DePauw Chamber Singers
Kristina Boerger, director
Sunday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m.
Green Center, 605 S. College Ave.
The ArtsFest choir concert will open with the contemplative, Medieval strains of the Stabat Mater of Jacopone da Todi. This literary monk is considered the originator of Italian poetry, from which tradition so much important vocal music has arisen – most notably madrigal and opera. Collaborating with DePauw faculty members Cristiana Thielman and Francesca Seaman and students of Modern Languages, the program will feature dramatic orations and new translations of classic Italian poems to be sung in Renaissance polyphony by the University Chorus. The vocal ensemble will follow with Frank Ferko’s setting of Padraic Pearse’s “The Mother,” extracted from his Stabat Mater, closing out the set with a presentation of Richard Peaslee’s Miracolo d’amore, a seven-movement cycle of contemporary settings of classic madrigal texts.
The Chamber Singers will shift the focus to the Spanish poetry of García Lorca in four settings by Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, then turn to German Romantic verse in Brahms’ beloved Fünf Gesänge, Opus 104. These poems will be orated by German students of Professor Inge Aures. Opening and closing this set will be jaunty tunes of travel: the seafaring song “Ayo visto lo mappamundi,” from the mid-fifteenth century, and J. David Moore’s funky arrangement of “The Rock Island Line,” made famous by Leadbelly.
About the Ensembles
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.
The DEPAUW UNIVERSITY CHORUS offers opportunities for both beginning and advanced students. These 60-70 mixed voices perform music from a diverse body of choral repertoire with traditional and non-traditional voicings and sounds, including at least one of the great choral masterworks each year.
General admission: $5
Tickets for seniors, youth and all students are free.