The UNLV Choral Ensembles provide their yearly fall show at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in Artemus W. Ham Auditorium. The concert theme, “Evocations,” provides 200 vocalists in choral works from over a lots composers, each text an uplifting or meditative evocation. Joseph Svendsen conducts the Show Singers and Argenta. The Chamber Chorale, Varsity Glee Club, and Las Vegas Master Singers are performed by David Weiller. The choirs are accompanied by pianists Zheni Atanasova, Maria Kolesnyk, and Jae Ahn-Benton.
Argenta sings renaissance music of Orlando di Lasso and contemporary works by Irish composer Michael McGlynn and American composer Andrea Ramsey. The University Glee Club uses 2 popular folk songs organized by John Rutter and Goin’ Up to Glory, a spiritual by André Thomas. The Chamber Chorale provides music of Johannes Brahms and two settings of the biblical text “I Am the Rose of Sharon,” as pictured by colonial author William Billings and modern Swiss author Ivo Antognini.
The Show Singers carry out music of early baroque composer Claudio Monteverdi with instruments, an anonymous setting of Bache, bene venies, and Rise, My Love, My Fair One by Canadian composer Healey Willan. The choir also provides a dramatic setting of Beat! Beat! Drums by Jeffrey Van, the contemplative Even When He is Quiet by Norwegian author Kim André Arnesen, and Everything is Sound by American songwriter Jason Mraz. The Las Vegas Master Singers, among the city’s best choral companies and chorus-in-residence for the Las Vegas Philharmonic, present sacred music of the renaissance age and 20th century, together with All Functions of Love set to the words of Mom Teresa, and the rousing Triumphal Scene from Giuseppe Verdi’s opera, Aida.
All UNLV choir alumni are welcomed to participate in the standard singing of the UNLV University at the conclusion of the performance.
The university choral ensembles enjoy a track record for dynamic efficiencies. The choirs recently were applauded for a show described as “… glorious, yet disciplined. The choruses performed with untouched charisma.” Yearly tours have actually included the southwestern United States along with Hawaii, New york city, Mexico, and Canada.
Tickets may be bought at the UNLV Carrying out Arts Center Box Office, at pac.unlv.edu, or by calling 702-895-ARTS (2787). General admission is $10; senior citizens, military and UNLV faculty/staff tickets are $8. UNLV trainees and high school vocal music trainees from the Clark County School District might get one complimentary ticket by presenting valid trainee ID at the box workplace.
The UNLV choral performance season continues with “Baroque Holiday– Handel’s Messiah” (Las Vegas Philharmonic show, Dec. 2 at The Smith Center), “The Flattened Earth” (Dec. 7 at UNLV), and “Rejoice!” (Dec. 15 at Green Valley Presbyterian Church). For further details, call the UNLV office of choral research studies, 702-895-3008.