Dec. 5, 2015: University Singers & University Sinfonia perform annual winter concert

November 24, 2015

Saturday, Dec. 5, 7:30 p.m.
Fine Arts Building, Room 150

University Sinfonia, conducted by Dr. Lee Wilkins, and University Singers, conducted by Dr. Grant Cochran, present their joint annual Winter Concert.

The University Singers are doing a collection of sacred and secular pieces, including a number of different settings of the “Ave Maria” text.

“Ellens dritter Gesang” (English: Ellen’s Third Song) was composed by Franz Schubert in 1825 as part of his Opus 52, a setting of seven songs from Walter Scott’s popular epic poem, “The Lady of the Lake,” loosely translated into German. It has become one of Schubert’s most popular works, recorded by a wide variety and large number of singers under the title of “Ave Maria” in arrangements with various lyrics that commonly differ from the original context of the poem.

The University Sinfonia will be presenting Antonio Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons” with narration. The violin soloists are Marie Neilson (“Spring”), Harrison Jennings (“Summer”), Tremaine Chisholm (“Autumn”) and Katie Wasko (“Winter”).

“The Four Seasons” (Italian: Le quattro stagioni) is a set of four violin concertos by Antonio Vivaldi. Composed in 1723, “The Four Seasons” is Vivaldi’s best-known work and among the most popular pieces of baroque music. The texture of each concerto is varied, with each resembling its respective season.

The UAA Sinfonia, directed by Dr. Lee Wilkins is the main string-performing ensemble, in which students rehearse and perform alongside faculty members and the directors. The Sinfonia’s primary function is to provide a performing ensemble for the Department of Music’s majors and minors; membership, however, is drawn from all academic areas of the university as well as from the community.

University Singers is under the direction of Dr. Grant Cochran, who also conducts the Anchorage Concert Chorus. This talented ensemble performs a blend of classical and modern choral pieces as well as pop arrangements.

Tickets are available now at UAATix.com, (907) 786-4849 and CenterTix.net.

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