More than 97 voices and a full orchestra will perform three works: “The Requiem” by Maurice Duruflé, “The Gloria” by Francis Poulenc, and “Psalm 150” by César Franck
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CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY IRVINE TO PRESENT 19th ANNUAL MASTERWORKS CONCERT APRIL 18-19
Concert Features Three French Works Directed by Dr. Michael Busch and Performed by Full Orchestra and Three Choral Ensembles
WHO: Concordia University Irvine invites local editors, reporters, music enthusiasts and community members to a performance of three classic pieces by French composers as part of its 19th annual MasterWorks Series.
WHAT: More than 97 voices and a full orchestra will perform three works: “The Requiem” by Maurice Duruflé, “The Gloria” by Francis Poulenc, and “Psalm 150” by César Franck. Highlights include:
· Conductor Dr. Michael Busch will direct The Concordia Choir, Master Chorale, and the Masterworks Orchestra in each of the pieces which showcase noted French composers of the 19th and 21st centuries.
· Featured soloist Jeralyn Glass is an internationally celebrated artist on the opera and concert stages of the world. She is known as a “Mozart singer of the first order” for her performances in the world’s leading opera houses.
· Published in 1947, “The Requiem” is an impressionist work incorporating Gregorian chant melodies and features two vocal soloists in a timeless telling of faith and prayer.
· “The Gloria” brings lively, joyful melodies featuring a sweeping soprano solo by Glass. The piece – one of Poulenc’s most celebrated works – was first performed in 1961 by the Boston Symphony Orchestra. A recording of the piece by the Robert Shaw Chorale won a GrammyAward for “Best Chorale Performance.”
· The final piece in the trio, “Psalm 150” is a short, dramatic of the Biblical text composed for voices and orchestra and is the oldest of the three works, having been composed in 1883.
· The concert will be in the Concordia University Center, a 500-seat semi-circular auditorium, with exceptional acoustics and sight lines.
“The MasterWorks Concert Series at Concordia University Irvine is revered tradition that helps sustain classic musical compositions in our culture by celebrating these pieces with our students, faculty and the community,” said Dr. Michael Busch, director of choral activities at Concordia University. “The three selections by French composers chosen for the 19th annual MasterWorks series offer unique orchestrations, tempos and melodies, united through the common thread of celebrating and honoring God through music.”
WHEN: Saturday, April 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Concordia University Center at Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, Calif. 92612
TICKETING: Reserved seating is available for $25 for center orchestra, $20 for loge, and $15 for dress circle and mezzanine seats.
Tickets may be purchased online by clicking on the event name at http://www.cui.edu/AcademicPrograms/Undergraduate/Music/Calendar or through the box office at (949) 214-3418 or [email protected].
About Concordia University Irvine
Concordia University Irvine prepares students for their vocations—their calling in life. CUI offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, and adult degree programs in a beautiful Southern California location in the City of Irvine,with online and regional cohort options. Concordia’s undergraduate program is distinctive among universities in California because of its nationally recognized Core Curriculum, and its Lutheran heritage that provides a thoughtful and caring Christian community that lives out the theology of "Grace Alone. Faith Alone." Concordia is a U.S. News Top Tier Regional University and has been named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as one of the fastest growing private nonprofit master's institutions. CUI enrolls over 4,000 students.