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UTC Master Chorale to perform June 22

The UTC Master Chorale will present a free concert on Friday, June 22, 8 p.m., at Second Presbyterian Church, 700 Pine Street in Chattanooga.  The Master Chorale is a chorus comprised of UTC graduate and undergraduate students and singers from Chattanooga and the surrounding communities, directed by UTC Director of Choral Activities Dr. Kevin Ford and Graduate Assistant Conductor Kaylan Wells. 

The featured major work will be the "Missa brevis St. Joannis de Deo" otherwise known as the "Little Organ Mass" by Austrian Classical composer Joseph Haydn.  The piece includes an organ solo, originally written for Hayden himself to perform.  The soprano soloist for the mass is Kristen Wiram. 

A recent setting of "Ave verum corpus" by Irish composer Colin Mawby will be performed by the Master Chorale, and graduate music education student Kaylan Wells will conduct a setting of "Ave Maria" by Javier Busto and a setting of "In Virtute tua" by Baroque Polish composer Grzegorz Gorczycki. 

A uniquely UTC connection will come with the performance of Dr. Jonathan McNair's 2001 setting of "My Song of Love Unknown" for chorus, organ and solo cello.  “This is an absolutely wonderful piece that has set a text by Samuel Crossman from 1664,” said Dr. Kevin Ford.  McNair is U.C. Foundation Associate Professor of Music.

Organist David Friberg will play a "Theme and Variations on Vater Unser" from Organ Sonata number VI by Felix Mendelssohn.

The Master Chorale will perform a setting of “Sleep” by a relatively new American composer, Eric Whitacre, who has written fresh music for chorus.  "Sleep," for a cappella chorus, features Whitacre’s dense textures and expressive writing.  The most unique piece on the concert is Australian composer Stephen Leek's setting of an aboriginal text "Ngana."  This piece contains canonic writing with interspersed stomping and shouting.

“The group is performing the Hebrew folk song "Evening of Roses" which is a beautiful setting of text about the desert and love,” said Ford.

The concert will conclude with two spirituals, Bartholomew's "Little Innocent Lamb" and Dawson's "Ain-a that good news."

Instrumentalists for the concert include a trio of string players from one family.  Cellist and violinist Donald and Melinda Grohman and their daughter, violinist and attorney Heidi Hoffeker will perform.

At the conclusion of the concert, voluntary donations will be collected to benefit the Partnership for Families, Children and Adults.

For more information, please email or call Dr. Ford at (423)425-5243.

UTC Master Chorale 

June 19, 2007