The UVA Chamber Singers present an evening concert of Latin American Choral Music at Old Cabell Hall – Friday, November 22nd, at 8:00 pm.
Come hear music from Brazil, Argentina, Cuba, and Bolivia, including an arrangement of the popular song “Son de la loma,” excerpts from Ginastera’s Lamentations of Jeremiah and Ariel Ramirez’s Misa Criolla, and music by Heitor Villa-Lobos, Carlos Fonseca, and César Espada. The concert will also include several solo selections sung by UVA’s singers. Co-sponsored by the Latin-American Studies Program.
Founded in 2005 and conducted by Michael Slon, the University of Virginia Chamber Singers is a select ensemble drawn from the University Singers and performs a wide variety of music for chamber choir ranging from early music to contemporary compositions. In addition to their performance for the Governor and other distinguished guests at UVA’s 2017 Bicentennial Cornerstone Celebration, recent performances have included Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, Byrd’s Mass for 5 voices, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Copland’s In the Beginning, Allegri’s Miserere, Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs, Lauridsen’s Mid-Winter Songs, Glass’s Three Songs, Burtner’s Palladian Echoes, a program of choral music on film, and Bach’s Mass in B minor with the University Singers. In addition, the group has performed popular standards by Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and the Beatles, a spoof concert of P.D.Q. Bach, and new music by Meredith Monk (with the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble) and Eric Whitacre. In 2010, the Chamber Singers made their first appearances at the Staunton Music Festival, including a performance with Grammy-award winning baritone Kevin McMillan, and have collaborated on multiple occasions with Three Notch’d Road, Charlottesville’s professional Baroque ensemble. In 2012, they participated in a workshop with Peter Phillips, director of the world-famous Tallis Scholars. In 2014, they were honored to perform for composer Philip Glass during his UVA Arts Board Residency, and in spring 2015 were heard on tour in Europe with the University Singers, including for Evensong with the Jesus College Choir at Cambridge University. The 2018-2019 season included a performance of Peteris Vasks’ Plainscapes with the musicians of the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival and performances with the University Singers on their May 2019 Northeast U.S.-Canada concert tour.
Tickets for the concerts are $10 general/ $9 UVA Faculty & Staff/ $5 students/ Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance and are available at the UVA Arts Box Office in the Culbreth building, online at http://tickets.artsboxoffice.virginia.edu or by calling (434) 924-3376. Tickets will also be available at the door.
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