Chorale Set to Perform Latin Church Pieces in Chapel

The Southwestern University Chorale has spent the semester preparing for their fall concert. The concert will be held in the Chapel this semester, and will primarily feature Latin music from the Renaissance.
“I’m really looking forward to singing this concert in the chapel,” senior and alto section leader Allie Bryan said. “The acoustics in the chapel make it such a great place to sing and the setting also fits the style of music we will be performing.”

The Chorale has traditionally held their concerts in the Alma Thomas Theatre, but by using the chapel the music will have a better sound and the choir can use the organ for accompaniment. The music features sacred pieces by composers such as Giovanni Gabrielli, Palestrina, and Claudio Monteverdi.

The program is also structured around the Liturgical calendar. The pieces are themed around the seasons starting with Advent and ending with Easter.

“This will be an inspiring concert because the chorale breathes new life into old Italian classics,” senior and soprano section leader Melanie Bonevac said.

The concert lineup features different songs that were originally composed for a church setting. One piece, “Missa Brevis,” contains different elements of a traditional Roman Catholic Mass.

The concert is also preparation for some of the students. Next spring semester, twenty-seven members of the Chorale will be participating in a tour of Italy. They will perform some of the pieces sung in historic places in Venice and Rome.

The group will also be able to sing Mass at St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice and St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

“I cannot believe that we have been given the opportunity to sing in such magnificent places such as St. Marks in Venice,” senior Anne Fenley said.

“All of the music we are singing was written specifically for these venues and it is an incredible honor to sing there. It’s also an amazing experience to hear the music the way the composer meant it to sound.”

The Chorale is comprised of over forty students who went through an audition process to join. They have been practicing every Monday through Thursday since the beginning of the semester for this concert.

“I feel that everyone in the Chorale has worked really hard on this concert,” junior Quinlyn Morrow said. “Everyone has put in a lot of effort and it will definitely show. I think the audience will enjoy the concert.”

The concert will be held in the Lois Perkins Chapel at 7 pm. Admission is free.

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