Courtney Cox | Friday, November 2, 2012
The Notre Dame Chorale performs its Fall Concert today in the Leighton Concert Hall at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC).
This year’s performance will include selections from Monteverdi, Bach, Mozart, Schumann, Wagner, DeBussy and Stravinsky. Lovers of classical music will surely be enchanted by the performance and find their taste for good old-fashioned entertainment all but satisfied.
The selections are broken up into six sections: Works from the Middle Ages and late Renaissance, late romanticism, 20th-century romanticism, concerted church music for Salzburg, 20th-century Mass and finally 18th-century a capella motet.
The weekend also serves as a reunion of sorts for Chorale alumni. The Chorale, who usually performs Handel’s “Messiah” every year in early December, will stage a joint performance of excerpts from the oratorio with both current members of the Chorale as well as alums.
They will also be treated to an organ demonstration in the Reyes Chorale and Organ Hall. The $1 million organ took organist Paul Fritts over a year to build. After it was built, the organ was disassembled and reconstructed over a full year in the Organ Hall.
Judy Fritts, Paul’s sister, designed the intricate carvings on the organ itself and features mostly flowers, animals and other elements of nature.
The reunion is also an opportunity for past Chorale members to share stories of their experience in the concert choir when they were undergraduates.
Following the Fall Concert the Chorale will begin preparing for their annual performance of “Messiah” and their winter tour.
The winter tour traditionally takes the Chorale through various US cities where they perform in parishes.
This year they’re taking the tour to the “Great White North” and visiting Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa in addition to other northeastern American cities.
Before they hit the road, check out the Chorale on their home turf this weekend in their Fall Concert. The concert is tonight at 8 p.m. in DPAC and student tickets are $3.
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