University Singers Tour Kick-off Concert

Tuesday, April 5, 2022 at 8 p.m.
Lenfest Center/Wilson Concert Hall

Masks are optional in public indoor spaces on W&L campus.

Tickets are free, but required. • Performance will be streamed. tour program will feature a variety of works, from choral classics by Bach and Rheinberger to modern music centered around the ethereal in sound. Traditional American and Irish folksongs and other audience favorites will round out the evening.

Four themed sets that cover the choral spectrum will be presented. The concert will begin with music celebrating a return to maskless singing, from Bach to Louisville-based composer Richard Burchard. The second set will focus on the evocative and ethereal in music, starting with Michael Ostrzyga's epic Iuppiter, a piece that goes through the many names and identities of the Roman God Jupiter from across eras and regions of the world.

Music by Santiago Veros and Ēriks Ešenvalds will then lead to modern Irish composer Seán Doherty's Snow Dance for the Dead, a harrowing work that tells the story of massacres that occurred during the Russian Civil War (1918-22). This important work takes on even greater meaning with the current war in the Ukraine occurring in the same places as the massacres in Doherty's disturbing masterpiece.

The third set of the program will focus on music related to the Emerald Isle, with pieces focusing on texts by W. B. Yeats, including the world debut of Melissa Dunphy's The Cat and the Moon, which was commissioned for this University Singers tour.

After hearing the traditional Danny Boy, the final set of the program will provide the concert audience with many toe-tapping favorites, including Samo Vovk's Ta Na Solbici, Dan Forrest's arrangement of The Nightingale, and others before finally ending with W&L's traditional Shenandoah by James Erb.

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