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Performing Arts and Speaker Series

CWU Symphony Orchestra and Choirs

CWU Symphony Orchestra and ChoirsTime: May 18, 2008 4PM

Location: Music Building Concert Hall

Tickets: General $7 / Students free

For this performance the CWU Symphony Orchestra and Choirs collaborate on a production of Beethoven's final symphonic utterance, Symphony No. 9 in D Minor, Op. 125, Choral. Although nearly 200 years have passed since it was written, this epic work is still relevant. Proclaiming a new order in which distinctions and prejudices no longer apply, the work’s central themes of liberty, equality, and fraternity resonate in today's world. Nikolas Caoile, director of orchestral studies at Central, conducts this performance.

The program also includes Ralph Vaughan Williams' beautiful Serenade to Music, a setting of verses from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff, in the audience at the 1938 concert premiere, was so overcome with emotion upon hearing the piece that he wept. This work is conducted by Gary Weidenaar, who is in his second year as director of choral studies at Central.

The performance will feature guest soloists, along with the CWU Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir, and University Chorale. The CWU Symphony Orchestra performs a standard symphonic repertoire, from the baroque through the twentieth century, as well as opera and contemporary works. The orchestra is well known throughout the Northwest and has made numerous appearances at state and regional music educators' conferences.

The CWU Chamber Choir (singing the Serenade to Music) is a premier choir at Central. It is open to sophomores through graduate students, and members are chosen through a rigorous audition process. Like the orchestra, Central's Chamber Choir is well known throughout the Northwest and regularly presents concerts around the state and beyond. The University Chorale, which will join the Symphonic Orchestra and the Chamber Choir for Beethoven, is the largest of Central's eight choral ensembles and is open to any student who enjoys singing. Numbering well over 100 members, the choir is directed by Vijay Singh, associate director of choral studies, who is also a featured soloist in today's performance.