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Annual vocal extravaganza showcases WSU choral ensembles
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012
PULLMAN, Wash. – The 27th Dad’s Weekend vocal extravaganza presented by the vocal/choral program at Washington State University will be at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, in Bryan Hall Theatre on the Pullman campus.
Tickets will be available 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 7-9, in the lobby of Kimbrough Music Building and on the night of the performance beginning at 6:30 p.m. in Bryan Hall. Prices are $10 adults, $5 senior citizens and students with ID, and free for children 12 and under. Cash and checks are accepted.
Proceeds go to the student ensembles for music, performances/productions and tours.
* The concert will open with University Singers - conducted by Dean Luethi, assistant professor - singing the exuberant "Festival Sanctus” by John Leavitt, followed by Ralph Vaughan Williams’ "Sine Nomine,” directed by assistant conductor Nick Wilson. Ralph Manuel’s contrapuntal "Alleluia” and Jackson Berkey’s "Sacramento Sis Joe” will follow.
* The WSU Concert Choir - conducted by Lori J. Wiest, professor - will present an arrangement by Kevin Siegfried of a Shaker hymn, "Lay Me Low,” followed by "Zigeunerleben,” composed by Robert Schumann, which describes a journey of gypsies as they come to camp singing, dancing and telling stories late into the night before they move on at morning’s light. This selection will feature pianist Mac Merchant and several soloists from the choir.
"No Time”, a traditional camp meeting song arranged by Susan Brumfield, and the American folk song "She’ll Be Comin’ Round the Mountain,” arranged by Emma Lou Diemer, will follow.
The Concert Choir is an auditioned ensemble of 47 singers in various majors. The choir performs regularly on campus as well as on tour in Washington, the country and internationally.
* Opera Workshop will perform portions of scenes it will present at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Bryan Hall Theatre. Directed by Julie Anne Wieck, associate professor, and accompanied by Karen Savage, assistant professor, two operas will be represented:
* In "Carmen,” this gypsy woman is waiting at a Spanish inn for her latest love, Don Jose. She is with her friends, Frasquita and Mercedes, as well as two smugglers, Dancairo and Remendado, who are planning their next expedition. They are trying to convince the women to help by distracting the guards. Will the women agree?
* In "The Elixir of Love” by Gaetano Donizetti, young girls and harvesters are resting on Adina’s farm while she reads a book. Nemorino, a young suitor who lacks the courage to approach Adina, must admire her from a far. When the dashing sergeant Belcore enters the picture, things get interesting.
* The Madrigal/Chamber Singers, conducted by Wiest, will perform English and Italian madrigals and a French chanson while wearing costumes reminiscent of the Renaissance 16th century. Selections will include "Thus Saith My Cloris Bright” by John Wilbye, "A Shepherd in a Shade” by John Dowland, "Revecy venir du printans” by Claude Le Jeune, and "Il Piacere” and "Amor Vittorioso” by G. Giacomo Gastoldi.
The 16-member select ensemble includes students and employees. They tour annually, bringing music to state schools as well as national and international venues such as the Arizona Renaissance Festival, Russian television, and St. Peter’s Cathedral at the Vatican.
* VoJazz, directed by Luethi, will perform four selections, beginning with "Tonight’s the Night,” arranged by P-G Verny with lyrics by VoJazz’s own Olivia Thomas. Soloists Ashley Wilhelm and John Hannan will be featured on "Georgia On My Mind,” arranged by Gene Puerling, and the James Taylor tune, "Another Grey Morning,” arranged by Jennifer Barnes. VoJazz will conclude the concert with Jeremy Fox’s gospel/jazz arrangement of "Amazing Grace.”