Oriana Singers to perform April 13

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's Oriana Singers will present a spring concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 13, in Esber Recital Hall, Music Building, University Park. The performance features music by Gabriel Fauré and two pieces from the South African folk tradition. Oriana Singers is conducted by Lynn Drafall and accompanied by Eva Mae Shouse. In addition, the chamber choir Discantus will perform. Comprised of Oriana Singers members, the ensemble is conducted by Willa Taylor Undergraduate Choral Intern Kelsey Hendler, a junior music education major. Tickets are $4.99 for general admission and $2 for students, and are available at the door.

Program

Oriana Singers

Hosanna -- Knut Nyststedt
Ave Verum -- Gabriel Fauré
Tantum Ergo -- Fauré
Et Exultavit (from Magnificat) -- Antonio Vivaldi, edited by Janet Galván

Discantus

Lift Thine Eyes (from Elijah) -- Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
The Nightingale -- Thomas Weelkes
How Can I Keep From Singing -- Robert Lowry, arranged by Robert I. Hugh
Stand Together -- Jim Papoulis

Oriana Singers

He’s Gone Away (from Three Mountain Ballads) -- Ron Nelson
Old Joe Clark -- arranged by Mary Goetze
The Circles of Our Lives -- David Brunner
Come Ready and See Me -- Richard Hundley, arranged by Bruce Trinkley
Allunde Alluya -- Salli Terri
Dubula -- arranged by Stephen Hatfield                                               

Conducted by Lynn Drafall, Oriana Singers is a treble choir composed of 60 women representing a wide variety of majors at University Park. Repertoire includes music written for treble voices from the 16th to the 21st century: madrigals, motets, part-songs, folk songs, musical theatre, and music by female composers. The choir has performed by audition at conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association.

Since 2005, Oriana Singers has performed major choral works including Symphony No.2 in C Minor (“Resurrection”) by Gustav Mahler, Ein deutsches Requiem by Johannes Brahms, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor by Ludwig van Beethoven, and Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem. Most recently, they participated in a performance of the Poulenc Gloria with the Penn State Philharmonic, Glee Club, and Concert Choir. They have also appeared in Penn State Opera Theatre's opera gala performances and the production of Hansel and Gretel. In addition to its two campus concerts per year, the choir also regularly appears on the School of Music's annual Mosaic. Enrollment is by audition with the conductor.

Discantus, a female chamber choir of eight to 14 voices, is composed of members of the Oriana Singers. The repertoire includes Renaissance madrigals arranged for treble voices as well as folk songs, spirituals and popular songs. Enrollment is by audition with the conductor and current membership.

Last Updated April 07, 2014