CWU Choirs to perform ‘Canciones de Latinoamerica’ on May 29

  • May 20, 2024
  • University Relations

The CWU Choirs invite you to indulge in choral music from Latin America on Wednesday, May 29, at 7 p.m. on the Ellensburg campus.

The “Canciones de Latinoamerica” event, held in the Hertz Concert Hall of the McIntyre Music Building, will feature performances by University Chorale, Wildcat Chorus, Vox Divina, and the CWU Chamber Choir.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for students, alumni, and seniors.

This spring, the choirs enjoyed an artist residency with Dr. Cristian Grases, a conductor and composer who hails from Venezuela. Each choir learned how to authenticate Latin American styles of choral singing, and the Chamber Choir enjoyed a recording session for a premiere piece written by Grases, “Haz Bien.”

The CWU Chamber Choir, under the leadership of Dr. Nicole Lamartine, will perform “Haz Bien,” in collaboration with the Kairos string quartet and faculty percussionists. Also on the program are a pair of pieces about the Venezuelan plains composed by Grases. The CWU Chamber Choir has been hailed as the “finest collegiate choir in the west” with and “genius programming.”

University Chorale, conducted by Professor Vijay Singh, is the largest mixed choral ensemble at CWU and is open to all students without audition. The ensemble builds musicianship, vocal technique, a commitment to excellence through varied programming. Singing in Portuguese, the Chorale will present “Muie Rendera.”

Vox Divina, the non-auditioned treble choir, creates beauty in community by performing expressive music that inspires with their “intoxicating” sound. Conducted by Dr. Nicole Lamartine, the choir will present two pieces by Grases, along with a Nicaraguan lullaby and a Peruvian panpipe melody.

The CWU Wildcat Chorus is an energetic, non-auditioned group, which fosters a team attitude and support for all tenors and basses in the ensemble. This is Dr. Scott Peterson’s 12th year conducting the ensemble, and they will present pieces from the low voice choir tradition, including “Three Mexican Folk Songs.”

If you have questions about the May 29 event, email or call 509-963-1616.

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