The UCSB Chamber Choir and Women's Chorus will present their annual fall concert at the beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church (1500 State St.) in downtown Santa Barbara on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
The UCSB Choruses Fall Concert, Ave Maria, will feature music for choruses on texts associated with Mary, the mother of Jesus, from settings of the Magnificat, Mary’s song from the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke, to Marian hymns and prayers. The concert will include works for a cappella choir and pieces accompanied by piano and organ. Trinity Episcopal Church organist Thomas Joyce will be featured.
The program will begin with the UCSB Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Tyler Reece. The ensemble will focus on various settings of the Ave Maria, from a classic a cappella work by Zoltán Kodály, to contemporary settings by Sally Albrecht and Guy Forbes, to the iconic version for solo voice by Franz Schubert, arranged for women’s chorus by Kirby Shaw. The Women’s Chorus will also perform several Magnificat settings, including recent compositions by Christine Donkin and Z. Randall Stroope, as well as a version by beloved American choral composer Randall Thompson. The Women’s Chorus will also sing a historic setting of the Marian antiphon Alma Redemptoris Mater, by Josef Rheinberger, accompanied by organ.
The latter portion of the program will present the UCSB Chamber Choir, a mixed-voice ensemble under the direction of Professor Grey Brothers. The choir will perform three settings of the Magnificat, one a sixteenth-century setting in Latin, by Orlando di Lasso, performed in alternation with Gregorian chant. Two additional settings of the Magnificat, one by the late Renaissance composer Thomas Tomkins and another by the late Romantic Charles Villiers Stanford, will celebrate the English cathedral tradition. Stanford’s Magnificat in A major will feature the fine organ of Trinity Episcopal a prominent role.
In addition to Magnificat settings, the Chamber Choir will perform a variety of pieces in praise of Mary, from Anton Bruckner’s ecstatic Ave Maria to the luscious modern classic, Franz Biebl’s Ave Maria (Angelus Domini). Also featured will be Benjamin Britten’s haunting youthful work, A Hymn to the Virgin, and Herbert Howells’ stunning Salve Regina.
About the Chamber Choir and Women's Chorus
The UCSB Chamber Choir is an outstanding ensemble of music majors and non-majors, comprised of 36 of the best singers from the UCSB campus. Specializing in virtuosic a cappella choral music from the Renaissance to the 20th century, the group has collaborated with the Ericson Chamber Choir from Stockholm, Madrigalchor Kiel from Germany, the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Barbara Symphony, and the Asia-America Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles. The Chamber Choir undertakes frequent international concert tours, and has twelve CD recordings to its credit.
A dynamic group of music majors and non-majors, the UCSB Women’s Chorus draws its membership from some 20 departments across campus. The Women’s Chorus performs the main repertoire for women's voices, including a cappella and accompanied works, often with unusual combinations of instruments. The Women’s Chorus has been featured on four CD recordings with the UCSB Chamber Choir, including Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.