Collegiate Choir Wraps Up International Tour with Home Concert
March 8, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – The Illinois Wesleyan Collegiate Choir will conclude their 2011
spring concert tour with a performance at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22 at the Second
Presbyterian Church (313 N. East St., Bloomington).
The home concert is the last of eight tour performances, including appearances in
Springfield; Sun Prairie, Wis.; East Lansing, Mich.; Toronto, Canada; Rochester, N.Y
and Wooster, Ohio.
The Illinois Wesleyan University Collegiate Choir has established a long history of
excellence through on-campus performances, annual tours and recordings. The choir
also sponsors the IWU Choral Commission Series, which in its 60-year history has added
many significant works to the choral repertoire.
The Collegiate Choir is composed of 49 voices representing the School of Music and
other areas of the University. Student musicians in the choir are selected by audition
and maintain a rigorous rehearsal schedule in preparation for the concert tour.
Under the direction of Professor J. Scott Ferguson, director of choral activities
at IWU, the choir will perform pieces from the Renaissance and contemporary eras.
The program will begin with three scared compositions from the Renaissance by Orlando
Gibbons, William Byrd and Peter Phillips.
Contrasting these sacred works will follow three Renaissance French chansons about
love. The group will then present two works from the Romantic period: Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz, Op. 29, No. 2, by Johannes Brahms and Ave verum corpus, by Edvard Grieg. The first half of the program will conclude with the dramatic
Libera me, by Lajos Brdos.
The choir will begin the second half of the program with two classics of 20th century
American choral composition: Psalm 67, by Charles Ives and Alleluia, by Randall Thompson. Other works to be performed include two contemporary American
compositions: The Stolen Child, by Eric Whitacre and the world premiere of Steven Sametz’s Ras Gagan (Divine Nectar), which was commissioned by the choir. The program will conclude with
the joyful pieces Alleluia, by Zdeněk Luk and Rytmus, by Ivan Hruovsk.
For additional information about the Collegiate Choir, contact the School of Music
at (309) 556- 3061.
Contact: Hannah Griffin ’12, (309) 556-3181