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Pitt-Greensburg Chorale: Christmastime is Here

December 2, 2016
Mary Lou Campana Chapel & Lecture Center Finoli Dr University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Greensburg, PA

The Pitt-Greensburg Chorale and Chamber Singers are the University’s two choral ensembles. This year, the Chorale offers a holiday concert featuring the great choruses of Handel's Messiah. We are proud to perform with some of Western PA's finest singers, with soprano Cynthia Ortiz and contralto Daphne Alderson joining us for these performances. Last year, Chorale performed with the Kassia Ensemble of Pittsburgh the Faure Requiem, collaborating with cellist Katya Janpoladyan, leader of the newly-formed Kassia Ensemble, as well as long-time Greensburg organist Sylvia Andrae. In addition, its Spring 2016 concert featured the world premiere of new music by composer Tyler Stampe, recent winner of the Busan Choral Festival Composition Competition, as well as selections of the 2016 Spring Musical Man of La Mancha. In the past few years, the Chorale has collaborated with composer Peter Fischer and Pitt-Greensburg graduate Elliot Sheedy on the new film, Crown of Gamma, written and directed by Sheedy, and with the new piece Shine for chorus, piano, and cello, composed by Fischer for Chorale for this film. Chorale debuted its contributions to the film score in its Fall 2014 concert, world premiering Fischer's music live with presentation of the film. In the Spring of 2013, they were honored to premiere I Would Live in Your Love, also by Fischer. They have partnered with St. Vincent Strings to perform Schubert's great romantic work Messe in G dur (Mass in G). Chorale and Chamber Singers also have featured works such as Heinrich Schütz’s Die Sieben Worte, in collaboration with the Bevington Viol Consort of Pittsburgh. In December of 2011, their performance highlighted the music of composer Eric Whitacre and many others in a musical and visual collage telling the story of the Raven and the Light from northwest Indian mythology. They have also presented works such as Mozart's Missa Brevis in Bb, Bach's Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin (Cantata 144), selections from Brahms' Liebeslierwaltzes, scenes from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in collaboration with Seton Hill University, as well as contemporary choral compositions of Herbert Howells, Gyorgy Orban, J. Aaron McDermid, Joaquim Serra, Joan Casas, Steve Heitzeg, Daniel Pinkham, Joshua Bridger, Allen Friedman, and John Williams.

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Mary Lou Campana Chapel & Lecture Center
Finoli Dr University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, Greensburg, PA

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