October 7, 2013

For Immediate Release: 

CMU Festival Chorus Saturday, November 23, 2013

Dr. Nina Nash-Robertson conducts the Festival Chorus and CMU Orchestra in concert Saturday, November 23, 2013 at 8 p.m. in Plachta Auditorium. This years works include the Vivaldi Gloria, the Mark Hayes Magnificent, and the Jonathan Willcocks Gloria.

Vivaldi’s Gloria is written in Latin, features all woman soloists, with each movement vastly different from the others. The wonderfully sunny nature of the Gloria, with its distinctive melodies and rhythms, is characteristic of all of Vivaldi’s music, giving it a universal appeal.

The Willcocks Gloria features brass, choir, percussion and organ, with the composer using a variety of mixed meters to bring out the Latin “Gloria” text. This November’s concert marks the first performance by Festival Chorus of this work.

Mark Hayes has scored the Magnificent for choir, winds, harp and organ. Hayes is noted for his jazzy and gospel-style pieces. The text used for the Magnificent is taken from the Latin; however, this piece will be primarily sung in English. 

Tickets are $8 general admission, and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets are available at Ticket Central by phone at 989-774-3045 or at the door.  Tickets on-line at:             Ticket Central

CMU School of Music celebrates over 100 years of Festival Chorus

This year marks the 31st anniversary of Professor Nash-Robertson conducting Festival Chorus. The Chorus is a group of singers of all ages based out of Central Michigan University. Each year the ensemble, together with the CMU orchestra presents a major choral work in Plachta Auditorium on the campus of CMU. 

Festival Chorus holds a place dear in the heart of Professor Nash-Roberson. “I love working with the students, and the voice faculty soloists” Nash-Robertson said during the interview. Two recent events stand out as highlights in her mind. They include the spring 2013 Carnegie Hall performance of Haydn’s Creation and the China tour in the summer of 2010 that included a performance of the Faure Requiem with members of the Shanghai Philharmonic. 

Memorable events prior to the Carnegie performance and China tour include performances of the Poulenc Gloria and the Brahms Requiem. Nina said, “The Brahms requiem was such a musical experience and brought the ensemble to an entire new level.”

Robertson goes on to say, “I think one of the great things about festival chorus is that it brings together age groups that normally wouldn’t preform together.” Over the years she has been impressed by the growth shown during the fall rehearsals by members of Festival Chorus and the orchestra, and how very hard working and intelligent the musicians are. 

Festival Chorus holds a tradition of being a truly remarkable event here at CMU. Come help celebrate Festival Chorus as they move into their second hundred years of bringing great choral music to the community.

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