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Special concert features masterpieces

Photo by William Vasta

Photo by William Vasta

Internationally known organist Frederick Swann joined with the talented vocalists of Chapel Singers, Bel Canto, and University Choir for a once-in-a-lifetime musical event.

The March 17 concert—made possible by the generosity of an anonymous donor—featured two masterpieces of world music: requiems by Gabriel Fauré and Maurics Duruflé. Conducted by Professor of the Year Nicholle Andrews, the event showcased the Cassavant organ’s magnificent range and diverse tonalities, as well as the performers’ many talents.

‘An orchestra of voices’

Photo by Coco McKown '04 '10

Photo by Coco McKown ’04 ’10

Grammy-award winning vocal ensemble Chanticleer, known as an “orchestra of voices” for the seamless blend of its 12 male voices, performed a concert in May. Titled “My Secret Heart” because it evoked images of love across time and space, the concert included two special Chanticleer commissions: a brand-new work from the pen of Finnish composer Jaako Mantyjärvi, and five evocative pieces from Love Songs of Augusta Read Thomas.

Telling The Tales of Hoffmann

Photo by Coco McKown '04 '10

Photo by Coco McKown ’04 ’10

Performers from the School of Music delivered Jacques Offenbach’s masterpiece The Tales of Hoffmann, an opera that depicts Ernst Theodor Amadeus as he recounts the stories of three lost loves, those of a beautiful automaton, a sensual courtesan, and a suicidal songstress.

 

Gondwana Chorale and Chapel Singers join forces

Photo by Coco McKown '04 '10

Photo by Coco McKown ’04 ’10

Composed of Australia’s top auditioned singers between the ages of 17 and 26, the Gondwana Chorale came together with U of R’s Chapel Singers in January to collaborate and perform vibrant and energetic Australian music.

 

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