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DePauw Chorus Celebrates Vaughan Williams’ Music with 'A Vision of Albion' Concert Sunday

November 9, 2005

performing arts center pac.jpgNovember 9, 2005, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw University Chorus and director Gabriel Crouch will perform a concert entitled “A Vision of Albion” on Sunday, November 13 at 3 p.m. The event, which is free and open to the public, will take place in the DePauw Performing Arts Center’s Kresge Auditorium and features a program dedicated to English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams.

“The program title comes from Albion being an old word for 'traditional England,’” says Crouch (seen below right). “This was a concept that Ralph Vaughan Williams was deeply committed to preserving in his music.”

Joined by DePauw professors John Clodfelter, piano, and Cleveland Johnson, organ, the Chorus will be performing selections from Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and Three Shakespeare Songs. In addition to these works, the ensemble’s skills will be tested on the gabriel crouch 2005.jpgunaccompanied Mass in G minor. Written between 1920 and 1921, the piece shows the influence of the interwar revival of sixteenth century English composer William Byrd on Vaughan Williams. Many scholars have in turn credited Vaughan Williams and this work for a renewed interest in the English a capella tradition.

This concert will represent the ensemble’s penultimate concert of the fall semester. On Sunday, December 4, the University Chorus will collaborate with the DePauw Chamber Singers in their closing Winter Choral Concert. The event will celebrate composer Thomas Tallis’ 500th birthday with a special performance of his magnum opus, the forty-part masterpiece Spem in Alium.

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