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March 3-4: University Winter Choral Concerts

Three ensembles to perform.

Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Music News Release, 2-18-13

MANKATO, Minn. – The Winter Choral Concerts will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 3:00 pm and Monday, March 4, 2013 at 7:30 pm in the Elias J. Halling Recital Hall of the Earley Center for Performing Arts, 320 Maywood Ave.

The University Choral Groups consists of three ensembles; the Concert Choir and Chamber Singers conducted by Dr. David Dickau, and the University Choral conducted by Mr. Rodney Urtel. The Concert Choir is an auditioned group that includes students from all areas of the University.

Both the Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers will be performing music by American composers based on themes drawn from the American experience or in celebration of great American composers. The Concert Choir will open with a commonly performed work of American choral music, “Alleluia” by Randall Thompson. The next piece is by Dan Forrest and tells the story of a Norwegian immigrant coming to America to seek opportunity. The choir will also premiere a setting composed by Dr. Dickau of a Robert Frost poem, “The Road Not Taken.” Other works to be performed are a traditional folk hymn and a spiritual arranged in response to Hurricane Katrina, which leads to a delightful arrangement of “Buffalo Gals” for chorus, two pianists, and a variety of instruments.

The Chamber Singers will perform three pieces called “Reincarnations”, composed by the American composer, Samuel Barber. These pieces are based on old Irish poetry that portrays emotions of both grief and love. They will also perform an early work by Eric Whitacre, “With a Lily in Your Hand.”

The University Chorale is a non-auditioned ensemble and is open to anyone who is interested. The theme for the University Chorale’s performance is expressive choral music using writings from great poets. Featured are a Nigerian folk song and choral settings based on the poetry of Langston Hughes, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and Lord Byron. A variety of accompanying instruments add to the excitement of the Chorale’s portion of the program.

Concert admission is $9; $7 for students with a valid MavCARD. Discount tickets are available online for University students. Advance purchase is strongly encouraged. Those who wish to purchase tickets online should go to For more information, call the Performance Series office, (507) 389-5549.

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