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Fall choral season at Herberger College School of Music to feature two new vocal groups


September 30, 2003

TEMPE, Ariz. – The choral program at ASU’s Herberger College School of Music will launch its fall season at 7:30 p.m., Oct. 9, with a concert of liturgical music at Katzin Concert Hall.

The season schedule comprises seven concerts, some in conjunction with School of Music bands and orchestras. David Schildkret, professor of music and director of choral activities for the Herberger College School of Music, said that the fall 2003 season also marks the debut of two new choral groups, the Herberger Singers and the Sun Devil Singers.

The Herberger Singers, conducted by Craig Peterson, is a highly-select chamber group devoted to a wide-ranging repertory that includes vocal jazz, early music and contemporary concert music. They will debut at the Oct. 12 choral concert in Katzin Concert Hall.

The Sun Devil Singers, conducted by Brook Larson, is made up of students from across the university who have previously participated in choirs and want to continue to do so. They will sing at the Nov. 23 choral concert and the annual Holiday Concert on Dec. 7.

The complete fall choral schedule is below. For more information on the choral season, the public should call (480) 965-TUNE or visit the Herberger College Web site at http://herbergercollege.asu.edu/ and click on the events tab.

"Liturgical Music" Concert
7:30 p.m., Oct. 9
Katzin Concert Hall
Free; 480-965-8863

The centerpiece of this combined band and choral concert is a rare performance of Stravinsky's Mass by the Chamber Winds and Concert Choir. Emlen's Venti Sancte Spiritus will also be performed, along with other liturgical pieces. The Chamber Winds is under the direction of Gary Hill, director of bands at ASU, and the Concert Choir is under the direction of David Schildkret, director of choral activities at ASU.


Choral Concert
2:30 p.m., Oct. 12
Katzin Concert Hall
Free; 480-965-8863

The University Choir and the Herberger Singers will perform in a concert dedicated to the memory of Douglas McEwen. Selections include the music of Aaron Copland, Alice Parker, John Duke and Kurt Bestor. Robb Butler will conduct the University Choir and Craig Peterson will direct the Herberger Singers. McEwen taught choral music at ASU for many years and was largely responsible for gaining the ASU choral program a national reputation. He retired in the 1980s and died earlier this year.

"Visions of Peace and Heaven" Concert
7:30 p.m., Oct. 22
Gammage Auditorium
Free; 480-965-8863

The University Symphony Orchestra and Choral Union present "Visions of Peace and Heaven," a concert that includes Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem performed by the Choral Union under the direction of David Schildkret, and Mahler's Symphony No 4 performed by the University Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Timothy Russell. Guest soloists are soprano Juliana Gondek and baritone Robert Barefield; and guest conductor is Robert Porco.

Choral Concert
2:30 p.m., Oct. 26
Katzin Concert Hall
Free

The Concert Choir, under the direction of David Schildkret, performs "Garden Songs," featuring Britten's Five Flower Songs and Fanny Mendelssohn's Gartenlieder, along with other works on flowers and gardens.

Choral Concert
2:30 p.m., Nov. 16
Katzin Concert Hall
Free admission; Information: 480-965-TUNE (8863)

The Herberger Singers will perform under the direction of Craig Peterson. The Phoenix Vocal Jazz ensemble will be the special guest.

Choral Concert
7:30 p.m., Nov. 23
Katzin Concert Hall
Free

The Women's Chorus, under the direction of Kenneth Owen, and the Sun Devil Singers, directed by Brook Larson, will perform.



Holiday Concert
2:30 p.m., Dec. 7 
Gammage Auditorium
$10 Adults, $7 Students; 480-965-3434

The University Symphony Orchestra, Choral Union and Sun Devil Singers perform "Polonaise" from Rimsky-Korsakov's Christmas Eve, "Alleluia" from Mozart's Exsultate Jubilate, Poulenc's Gloria, the "March" from Herbert's Babes in Toyland, several selections from Many Moods of Christmas Suite III by Shaw/Bennett and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah. The University Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Timothy Russell.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Pringle
480-965-8795
jennifer.pringle@asu.edu