UVU Choirs To Perform Two Concerts Prior To Tour To China
April 8, 2013
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert
Written by: Heather Wrigley
In April, just prior to leaving on their China tour, Utah Valley University’s Chamber Choir will hold two concerts.
On April 12, UVU’s three auditioned ensembles — the Chamber Choir, Masterworks Chorale and Women’s Choir — will blend their voices in their UVU Spring Sing concert, which will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Wasatch Campus Atrium, located at 3111 N. College Way in Heber City, Utah. The concert will feature music by Debussy, Eric Whitacre, Mendelssohn and many others, as well as songs from Cuba and Latvia. Tickets will be available at the door.
“The concert in Heber will be the culmination of all the hard work of the choral students over the last academic year and will feature music with a variety of styles, eras and languages,” said Reed Criddle, director of choral studies at UVU. “It will show how versatile the choral musicians at UVU are.”
On April 21, the 32 singers of the Chamber Choir will share their China tour program — featuring Johannes Brahms’ “Zigeunerlieder” (Gypsy Songs), Whitacre’s “Water Night” and Chinese folk music — in preparation for their exchange with university choirs in Shanghai, Beijing and Xi’an in May.
The concert will be held in the Springville Art Museum, located at 126 E. 400 South in Springville, at 5 p.m. Timpanogos High School’s Chamber Singers will act as a guest choir. Admission is free.
“The museum is a beautiful acoustic, a very warm sound, and will be just the perfect place to hear Brahms,” Criddle said. “It will be very powerful and satisfying to hear the UVU and Timpanogos choirs combined.”
Chamber Choir members have sung music in close to a dozen different languages over the last year, noted Criddle, who has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Chinese. In preparation for their China tour, the choir recently visited a Chinese immersion elementary school, where they sang some songs with the students.
While in China, the choir plans to meet with several universities and schools, as well as perform service projects at multiple senior centers and orphanages.
The Chamber Choir is the premier choral ensemble at UVU. Comprised of 32 students from all majors, the choir performs pieces from the Renaissance to Modern, with a focus on unaccompanied repertoire. In 2011 and 2012, the choir toured San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The Chamber Choir often shares the stage with Masterworks Chorale, UVU’s largest auditioned choir, and the Women’s Choir, which focuses on a cappella and accompanied music for treble voices.