The UCSB Chamber Choir and Women's Chorus will present their annual winter concert at the beautiful Trinity Episcopal Church (1500 State St.) in downtown Santa Barbara on Friday, March 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.
For their Winter 2017 concert, the UCSB Chamber Choir, under the direction of Grey Brothers, and the UCSB Women’s Chorus, under the direction of Tyler Reece, will perform sacred and secular music by German composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Selections by Mendelssohn, Brahms, Schubert, Wolf, Hindemith, and Distler will be featured.
This year marks a first for both directors, third-year doctoral student Reece stepping into a conducting role and Professor Brothers coming on board following the retirement of long-time Director of Choral Activities Michel Marc Gervais. Brothers, who completed a doctorate in musicology at UCSB in 2001, says ”It’s great to be back at UCSB, working with the wonderful singers from across the campus community. I’m delighted to collaborate with the fine UCSB voice faculty providing an enriching choral component to the vocal curriculum."
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".