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November 22, 2009
Tickets are on sale now for the All Choral Holiday Concert, which sets a magical stage for the start of the holiday season. The concert features a pre-show of carols on the UCA's lobby balcony, seasonal favorites from all four major choral ensembles, as well CSU's Opera Theatre performing the one act "Amahl and the Night Visitors." Presented in the Griffin Concert Hall with its extraordinary acoustics, the All-Choral Holiday Concert is what everyone waits for all year long.
Colorado State University School of the Arts presents the popular All Choral Holiday Concert, featuring Amahl and the Night Visitors by Gian Carlo Menotti on Friday, December 4, and Saturday, December 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, 1400 Remington St.
The Chamber Choir hosts a pre-show carol-sing from the lobby balcony beginning at 7 p.m.
Tickets are available from the Campus Box Office in the Lory Student Center, by phone at (970) 491-4849, or online at www.csutix.com.
This traditional holiday concert and carol sing-a-long brings together all four major CSU choral ensembles – Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, University Chorus and Women’s Chorus – performing various holiday tunes from both secular and sacred repertoire. The annual event features an exciting collaboration with Opera Theatre, directed by David Malis, presenting the popular Christmas classic, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors.
The opera tells of a peasant boy (Amahl) who is visited by the three kings bearing gifts for the newborn son of God. After Amahl’s mother is caught stealing the king’s gold, her crippled son offers his staff as a gift for the child, and is immediately healed.
Chris Hatton returns for his third season as Amahl, senior mezzo-soprano Laura Begley, 2009 CSU Singer of the Year, graces the mother’s melodies, and the Three Kings are sonorously rendered by Andrew Diessner, Todd Resseguie, and Josh Ooms.
Full of music of intense beauty, finely etched characters, and exquisite harmony, Amahl has delighted holiday audiences at CSU since 2006.
During the concert, the Chamber Choir performs the lovely 16th century German carol Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming, David Conte’s gorgeous, chant-like setting of Ave Maria, and Randol Alan Bass’ expressive and colorful Gloria, which was premiered at Carnegie Hall in 1990 by the New York Pops.
The Concert Choir’s performance will be highlighted by the Spanish Christmas carol Riu Riu Chiu (Nightingale Sounds), along with the beloved I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and traditional English tune, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day.
Singing Gloucestershire Wassail is the Women’s Chorus. The choir also performs the hauntingly beautiful Mary Speaks by Daniel Gawthrop, and This Little Babe from Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten.
The University Chorus performs the delightful carol Fum, Fum, Fum, the dramatic Carol of the Bells, and a 16th c. madrigal-style setting of Ave Maria by Tomas Luis da Victoria.
All four choirs come together in a celebratory conclusion with a performance of And the Glory of the Lord from Handel’s Messiah.
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Contact: Jennifer Clary
Phone: (970) 491-2463