University Singers Spring Concert -

An Evening of African-American Choral Music
April 7, 2017 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall
Tickets are $15 for the general public, $13 for UVA Faculty and Staff, $5 for students and free for U.Va Students who reserve in advance.

Following up on their February 2017 performance for Les Misérables creators Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg, the UVA University Singers are proud to present an April spring concert celebrating the African-American choral tradition.  Join us Friday, April 7th at 8:00 pm in Old Cabell Hall, as UVA faculty conductor Michael Slon leads the Singers in a program featuring traditional spirituals, gospel numbers, and other works by African-American composers.  The repertoire includes “Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho,” “My Lord What a Morning,” “Ride the Chariot,” and one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s favorite songs, “Precious Lord,” as well as arrangements by Moses Hogan, William Dawson, and a lesser known work “Listen to the Lambs” by composer Nathaniel Dett. 

The University Singers is UVA’s flagship choral ensemble, and recently returned from a Southeastern concert tour with performances and school workshops in Raleigh, Nashville, Atlanta, Orlando, Gainesville, Charleston, and Fredericksburg.  In addition, the group filmed the 2016 UVA Holiday greeting which has received nearly 400,000 views on social media. 

Other recent acclaimed performances include Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Symphony #9, and Bach’s St. John Passion in Charlottesville, a performance before 10,000 at the President’s Arts Speaker event in JPJ, and a 2015 two-week concert tour of England, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Austria.  Founded in 1957, the group performs a cappella and accompanied choral literature ranging from chant to major choral-orchestral works, and the works of contemporary composers – including premieres of works by Stephen Paulus, Forrest Pierce, Judith Shatin, and Eric Whitacre.  Recent United States tours have take the group to Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New Orleans, New York, Philadelphia, Providence, and the National Cathedral in Washington D.C.  In past years highlights have also included concerts and workshops with Bobby McFerrin and Meredith Monk, a performance for Hillary Clinton, frequent collaborations with the Charlottesville Symphony, including the popular Family Holiday Concerts, and a performance for the 2010 VMEA (Virginia Music Educators Association) Conference.

Tickets for the concerts are $15 general/$5 students (UVa students may reserve a free ticket in advance), and are available at the UVa Arts Box Office in the Culbreth building, online at or by calling (434) 924-3376.  Tickets will also be available at the door. 

At UVa, free parking is available in the C1 lot off McCormick Rd.  Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA's historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda (map). Parking is available in the Central Grounds parking garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. Handicap parking is available in the

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    McIntire Department of Music
    112 Old Cabell Hall
    P.O. Box 400176 Charlottesville, VA 22904-4176