poster for The Choral Hour on April 24TWO UNIVERSITY GROUPS PERFORM IN CHORAL HOUR

The University at Albany Department of Music is pleased to present the The Choral Hour on Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 7pm in the Main Theatre of the Performing Arts Center on the uptown campus.   Performing will be the University-Community Chorale and the University Chamber Singers, both of which are directed by David Griggs-Janower, in a program entitled Songs of Freedom.

The Chamber Singers will open the program with guest conductor Dan Foster performing selections from their Underground Railroad project, a series of songs about emancipation many of which are from the time of the Civil War. These historic songs depict the horrific plight of enslaved blacks in America, yet speak of the undying hope for the end of slavery shared by both the enslaved and the abolitionists who risked their lives to smuggle slaves to safely.

The Chorale will perform three selections with guest conductor Katie Gardiner including passionate music educator/community singing advocate Peter Wilhousky’s edition of the well-loved patriotic tune “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and  “Down by the Riverside” arranged by the English composer John Rutter.  Both of these selections will include audience participation.  The Chorale will close the program with a three song-suite from Vermont contemporary composer Gwyneth Walker which includes works from a larger collection entitled Together in Song (a Celebration of Community Singing) and includes brass quintet and rustic percussion instruments played by members of the chorus.

Tickets are $6 for the general public and $3 for students, seniors & UAlbany faculty/staff and may be purchased through the Performing Arts Center Box Office.  For further information, contact the Box Office at (518) 442-3997.