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DePauw Orchestra and Choirs to Join Forces at May 4 Concert

DePauw Orchestra and Choirs to Join Forces at May 4 Concert

April 28, 2008

DePauw Orchestra Fall 2007.jpgApril 28, 2008, Greencastle, Ind. - The DePauw Orchestra and University Choirs will combine for their final concert of the academic year on Sunday, May 4. The concert, which begins at 3 p.m. in the Green Center for the Performing Arts' Kresge Auditorium, will be presented free of charge and is open to the public. (at left: the DePauw University Orchestra)

"The annual coming-together of choirs and orchestra is one of the School of Music's marquee events -- always a huge thrill for the singers and a great way to round off the year," says Gabriel Crouch, directorgabriel crouch.jpg of the DePauw Choirs (pictured at right). "This year's piece -- the charming and poignant Gloria by Poulenc -- sets awkward challenges and bounteous rewards for its performers. Poulenc's wit, irreverence, and open-hearted sincerity leap off the score, often switching between these moods several times in one section of music. Keeping up with him is a breathless and utterly compelling experience," declares Professor Crouch.

The concert will unite over 150 students from the DePauw University Chorus, the DePauw Chamber Singers, and the DePauw University Orchestra. The program will feature the choirs and Pamela Coburn, James B. Stewart Distinguished Professor of Music and 1974 graduate of DePauw, performing Gloria. Other works on the program will include Vivaldi's At the Holy Sepulchre and orcenith smith.jpgthe first movement of Stravinsky's Symphony No. 1 for full orchestra.

"This concert is about a convergence of very human, philosophical positions, from youthful, joyous romanticized energies to the grasping of life's final realities; the concert even supplies the passage through a spiritual transition, as witnessed at the holy tomb," states Orcenith Smith, director of the DePauw University Orchestra (seen at left). "The one-hour concert is a sweeping emotional arch finishing with French composer Francis Poulenc's famous and ironic commentary on portions of the Latin Requiem Mass. We will be joined in our music-making by faculty soprano, Pamela Coburn, whose international singing career with opera companies and symphony orchestras around the world brings a significant luster to the beauty of this famous music."

For more information, visit the DePauw University School of Music online.