||April 3, 2003
Volume 33 Number 13
||A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators,
and friends of California State University, Chico
Behind the Scenes
Singers of the Lost Music
Photo courtesy Jeff Teeter
Like Indiana Jones searching for some lost, ancient treasure, Jeffrey
Gemmell, director of choral activities, has left no stone unturned in
his search for lost and forgotten choral music gems.
Gemmell’s choirs will sing many of these “rediscovered”
works during the annual spring choral concert, Expedition of Recovery
and Discovery, April 12 at 7:30 pm and April 13 at 2 pm in Harlen Adams
“This is some of the most challenging work we have done,”
said Gemmell. “We’re really enjoying blowing the dust off
these lost pieces and getting them ready for our concert.”
The concert will feature the A Cappella Choir, Chamber Singers, University
Chorus, and Choral Union. Joining the singers will be a chamber orchestra
and university organist David Rothe performing on the Flentrop Pipe Organ.
Some of the pieces the choirs will sing haven’t been performed for
more than 200 years, noted Gemmell. The choral ensembles will shine a
spotlight on rarely performed works by brothers Franz Joseph and Johann
Michael Haydn, as well as Americans William Billings and Samuel Holyoke.
The A Cappella Choir and Chamber Singers will be joined on stage by a
professional chamber orchestra. “Having the chamber orchestra accompany
the singers is rare for us. It will add a colorful layer of sound to the
singers’ voices,” said Gemmell.
CSU, Chico’s Chamber Singers will perform a new work, “For
Whom the Bell Tolls,” a choral work born out of the 9/11 tragedy
and jointly commissioned by CSU, Chico and CSU, Fresno (see Briefly Noted,
The concert is being presented jointly by the School of the Arts and the
Department of Music.
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