UCR Chamber Singers Spring Into Concert

By Ferda Mehmet, student intern of CHASS College Computing

Dr. Ruth CharloffThe UCR Chamber Singers, conducted by Dr. Ruth Charloff, will present their spring choral concert on April 26th at the St. Andrew's Newman Center Chapel. The hour-long concert will consist of twenty students from the Music 163 class who perform twice a year as a group. The special guest of this evening concert, renowned harpist Mary Dropkin, will accompany the Chamber Singers in Cantique de Jean Racine by Fauré and in Trois Illuminations, a setting of three poems by Rimbaud composed by Chairman of the Music Department Byron Adams, and orchestrated for chorus and harp. Featured soloists in Trois Illuminations--all members of the UCR Chamber Singers--will be Bonnie Gregory, Marcela Pan, Paul Michael Atienza, and Jacob Warmerdam. The French portion of the program also includes three short songs from the French Renaissance, known as chansons, written by three of the best-known composers of the genre -- Lassus, Josquin, and Passereau. The three songs are a love song, a song about a man's regret upon leaving his beloved, and a comical song portraying two women discussing their marriages and infidelities.

Etz chayim, the concert's opening number, is a prayer for peace. Sung in Hebrew, the title means "tree of life" and is excerpted from Ernest Bloch's Sacred Service. The largest piece on the program will be the Mass in G by Franz Schubert, accompanied by a quartet of string players from the UCR Orchestra and by organist Marc Longlois. The Mass features soprano Mary Estrada, tenor Paul Michael Atienza, and bass Monte Fleming.

People from the community, both on and off campus, are welcome to attend the concert. Charloff says, "It is important to have such a choral concert because there is much to learn about making music with others, listening to others, and the voice is the most valuable tool for all of this." General admission is $8 and $5 for students, seniors, and children.

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