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CWU Chamber Choir & Friends

CWU Chamber Choir & Friends

Sunday, January 30 – 4 pm

The Central Washington University Chamber Choir will present a concert of classical music on Sunday, January 30 at 4 pm.

Stunning”, “thrilling”,

a sound of liquid gold”,

my socks are officially knocked off

are some of the descriptors used by audience members after recent Chamber Choir appearances

Joining the choir will be the talented singers from the Yakima College Choir under the direction of Yakima’s own Dr. Scott Peterson.

Rounding out the 90 minute concert are 5 CWU musicians playing the first movement of Cesar Franck’s Piano Quintet (for piano and string quartet).

The repertoire to be presented:

Hear my prayer, O Lord –  Purcell (1659-1695)

The Lord’s Prayer –  Sheppard (c. 1515-1558)

Lobet Den Herrn (BWV 230)- J.S. Bach (1685-1750)

Svete tihiy – Gretchaninoff (1864-1956)

Bogoroditse Devo –  Rachmaninoff (1873-1943)

Slangpolska efter Byss-Kalle (2005)- arr. Hans Gardemar


YVCC’s choir wll be singing pieces by Renaissance composers Batten, Certon and Vecchi.

The two choirs wil combine for the final piece of the concert – on Vijay Singh’s “I’ll hear the trumpet sound”


Chamber Choir, Central Washington University’s premier choir, is a rigorously auditioned ensemble of 35 experienced choral singers

Since 2006, when Director of Choral Studies Gary Weidenaar took the baton, the choir has received invitations to appear at the past two consecutive Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) Conferences, the prestigious Northwest American Choral Directors Assocation’s 2010 Conference, and, in February, 2011 – the Northwest MENC (Music Educator’s National Conference) Convention.

Chamber Choir regularly programs music from the Renaissance to compositions of the 21st century, while including music of other cultures as well. Collaborations with composers are common.  In the past 2 years, Chamber Choir has commissioned 3 works, by Washington composers Vijay Singh, Elaine Ross, and John Muehleisen.  In April, up-and-coming composer Ola Gjeilo will fly from California to join the choir on piano in recording three of his compositions.

Chamber Choir also presents major works with orchestra. Most recently, the choir combined with other CWU ensembles in a  concert of  Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana (2010) at Benaroya Hall to over 1500 audience members.  Chamber Choir will present Allen Hovhaness’s Magnificat in Benaroya Hall in March of this year with the CWU Symphony Orchestra on the occasion what would be Hovhaness’s 100th birthday.

The choir is thrilled to be performing at the Seasons for the fourth time in four years.  Over 120 patrons saw the choir in last winter’s 2010 Seasons Concert, as contrasted with the fifteen hearty audience members who attended their 2008 debut at what has become the annual Chamber Choir and Friends concert in Yakima.