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UVU Choir To Perform New Work And Christmas Classics At Orem Library

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November 22, 2013

For Immediate Release

University Marketing & Communications: Whitney Wilkinson

Written by: Heather Wrigley

On Dec. 3, the Utah Valley University Chamber Choir will perform sacred selections from Great Britain and Christmas music from around the world in the warm acoustic of the Orem Public Library.

The concert, titled “Transcendent Beauty,” will feature Herbert Howell’s stunning a cappella “Requiem” during the first half of the program. “Requiem” depicts the blessed state of the dead, wrapped in light through gorgeous, soaring melodies and thick, lush harmonies.

“The UVU Chamber Choir performed ‘Requiem’ for the national conference of the National Collegiate Choral Organization in Charleston, South Carolina in October,” said Reed Criddle, director of choral activities at UVU. “This will be their first time performing ‘Requiem’ in its entirety for our home audience.”

The second half of the program will showcase Christmas favorites, including the world-premiere of a gospel medley entitled “Stayed on Jesus,” which Criddle himself composed.

“This is a piece I have spent the past year and half writing,” Criddle said. “‘Stayed on Jesus’ is a mash-up of gospel tunes for choir, soloists, electric bass and drum set. It combines the melodies of ‘Go Tell It On The Mountain’ and ‘Woke Up This Morning.’”

The concert, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. at the Orem Public Library, located at 58 N. State St.

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