• Saturday, 21 April 2018
• 7:30pm – Doors open at 7:00pm
• Free-will Offering
Join the Wisconsin Chamber Choir for a musical celebration of all the Americas—North and South—and all Americans. In recognition of Robert Gehrenbeck’s tenth anniversary as Artistic Director, the WCC presents the world premiere of Alleluia by New York composer and Juilliard faculty member Wayne Oquin. Inspired by Randall Thompson’s classic setting of the same one-word text, Oquin’s new version updates Thompson’s musical style in his own harmonic language, which has been compared to Morten Lauridsen’s. An extremely versatile musician, Oquin boasts recent commissions and performances by the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Danish National Symphony, the United States Air Force Band, the Houston Chamber Choir, and the King’s Singers.
The remainder of the program spans music of four centuries and multiple nationalities. Masterpieces of the US choral repertoire—Samuel Barber’s Reincarnations and Charles Ives’s Psalm 67—share billing with a diverse selection of works from throughout the hemisphere, including music by Mexican Baroque master Manuel de Sumaya; Argentinian tango composer Astor Piazzolla; African-American composers Bobby McFerrin, Hall Johnson, W. C. Handy, and Rosephanye Powell; and Native-American composer and longtime friend of the WCC, Brent Michael Davids.
Founded in 1998, the Wisconsin Chamber Choir has established a reputation for excellence in the performance of oratorios by Bach, Mozart, and Brahms; a cappella works from various centuries; and world-premieres. The Wisconsin Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director, Robert Gehrenbeck, has been hailed by critics for his vibrant and emotionally compelling interpretations of a wide variety of choral masterworks.
The choir is an auditioned ensemble of volunteer singers, many with music degrees, devoted to the art of choral music.