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Wednesday@Noon Concert: UCR Choral Society and Chamber Singers.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
  12:10–1 p.m.

Location: Arts Building Performance Lab, ARTS 166
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Wednesday@Noon Concert

UCR Choral Society and UCR Chamber Singers
Magnificat and a Soulful Celebration of Messiah, Hallelujah Chorus
G. Edward Bruner, conductor

Camelia Voin, soprano    Christen Herman, alto    Kevin St. Claire, tenor    Ralph Cato, bass
Jonathan Keplinger, piano

December 6, 2017
Wednesday, 12:10–1:00 P.M.
Performance Lab, ARTS 166
Free and open to the campus



Magnificat in D, BWV 243    J.S. Bach (1685-1750)
Cantata in 12 movements SSATB soli and coro

The festive Magnificat was Bach’s first major work in his new position as Kapellmeister and Kantor at St. Thomas’s School, Leipzig and was composed for the 1723 Christmas Vespers. Bach revised the canticle for the Feast of the Visitation of Mary (July, 1728) transposing it from the original key of E flat major to the brighter key of D major, replacing the recorders with “modern” transverse flutes. The D major orchestration of the 12-movement work movement included 5 vocal soloists, 5-part chorus, 3 trumpets, 2 oboes, English horn, 2 bassoons, strings, organ and timpani.

Messiah, Hallelujah Chorus, HWV 56     George Friedrich Händel  (1685-1759)
Hallelujah! An Arrangement by Mervyn Warren, Michael O. Jackson, and Mark Kibble

Handel’s Messiah: A Soulful Celebration was released in 1992 by Warner Alliance (an imprint of Warner Music Group). This album was an arrangement of Handel’s Messiah in the style of Gospel, Blues, R&B, Hip Hop, and Contemporary Christian music. It highlighted the talent of African American artists such as Stevie Wonder, Patti Austin, Dianne Reeves, Gladys Knight, and many others. This particular arrangement was performed at the 1993 Grammy Awards, where the album won the award for best Contemporary Soul-Gospel Album and went on to win the 1993 Dove Award for Contemporary Gospel Album of the year.


• The Wednesday@Noon Series offers concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars. Ian Dicke, coordinator for Fall 2017.

Open to: Campus Only
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Music Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245