CSU, Chico Choirs to Present "Royal" Concert October 20th

Promo PhotoThe CSU, Chico Choirs present their first concert of the 2012-13 academic year on Saturday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. in Harlen Adams Theatre. Entitled “Music for a Royal Court,” this concert highlights pieces written for royalty throughout the history of Western Art Music, including coronation anthems by G.F. Handel, John Blow, and Hubert Parry.
 
“This concert started with my desire to program one of the Four Coronation Anthems of Handel for the University Chorus,” said Dr. David Scholz, Director of Choral Activities at CSU, Chico. “Once I had selected that piece, Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened, I was able to fill out the rest of the program.”
 
Additional works include an arrangement of the chorale melody Ein Feste Burg by George Telemann and Four Madrigals on Renaissance Texts by Morton Lauridson.
 
“I think the audience will especially enjoy The Four Madrigals,” said Scholz. “Of course the texts are very interesting, and the music is composed as a sort of hybrid of styles; harmonies that are 20th century but with a medieval flair.”
 
Choirs performing on the concert include the Acappella Choir, the Chamber Singers, and the University Chorus, which is comprised of both students and community members.
 
The concert will conclude with all the singers of the choral department combining on stage to perform I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me, by Hubert Parry.
 
“This should be a very exciting conclusion to the concert,” said Scholz. “There will be nearly 150 singers on stage, and this final piece is accompanied by the grand CSU, Chico Centennial Pipe Organ. Those people that watched Prince William and Kate’s wedding last year will recognize this piece as the processional of the wedding.”
 
Advance tickets, at $15 general, $13 seniors, and $6 students/children, are available at he University Box Office, 898-6333. Add $2 for tickets purchased at the door. For disability-related seating inquiries please call 898-4325.

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