The UVA Chamber Singers & Center for Politics present: A Concert of Campaign Songs

Spring 2024 Concert
April 5, 2024 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall
$20 for the general public, $5 students/ and free for UVA if reserved in advance *CLEAR BAG POLICY ENFORCED*

The Center for Politics (celebrating its 25th anniversary) and UVA Chamber Singers partner to present a musical survey of campaign songs, from “Hail, Columbia” and “Adams and Liberty”, to “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too”, “I Like Ike” and more.  The event coincides with a weekend celebration of the Center for Politics’ 25th anniversary and will feature celebrity introductions for several of the musical selections. Special guests include Martin Luther King III, Brad Raffensperger, and Tara Setmayer among other distinguished guests.  Join us for the performance: Friday, April 5th – 8:00 pm at UVA’s Old Cabell Hall.   Tickets are $20 for the general public, $5 students/ and free for UVA if reserved in advance. Tickets are available at the UVA Arts Box Office in the Culbreth building, online at, by calling (434) 924-3376, and at the door. UVA's Clear Bag Policy Will Be Enforced

Led by UVA faculty conductor Michael Slon and founded in 2005, the UVA Chamber Singers is a select ensemble drawn from the University Singers (UVA’s flagship chorus), and committed to broad programming perspectives, performs a wide variety of repertoire ranging from early music to contemporary compositions. In addition to a performance for the Governor and other distinguished guests at UVA’s 2017 Bicentennial Celebration, performances have included Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas (with Three Notch’d Road Baroque ensemble), programs of Latin American choral music, choral music from film and Broadway, and new music by Meredith Monk (with the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble.) Other collaborations include concerts with the Staunton Music Festival, Victory Hall Opera (in a pioneering presentation of Poulenc opera scenes with deaf actors), the Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, and a 2022 presentation of Defiant Requiem (honoring the prisoners at Terezin who performed the Verdi Requiem) at the Strathmore Music Center with five other universities. They’ve sung in workshop with UVA Chamber Singers Peter Phillips and members of the Tallis Scholars, and in 2014, were honored to perform for composer Philip Glass. They’ve also been heard in major works, at VMEA, and on tour in the U.S. and Europe with the University Singers.

Active as a conductor of choral, orchestral, and operatic repertoire, Michael Slon is Director of Choral Music and associate professor at the University of Virginia, where he leads the University Singers, UVA Chamber Singers, and also guest conducts the Charlottesville Symphony.  Having led the Singers and Symphony in a gala performance in front of 20,000 for UVA’s 2017 Bicentennial Launch Celebration (which included Copland’s Appalachian Spring with the Martha Graham Dance Company, and a feature on regional PBS), he and the Singers presented the regional premiere of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass at UVA in fall 2018.  His ensembles have recently sung for composer Philip Glass and the creators of Les Misérables (Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg), taken a two-week European concert tour, and created videos receiving nearly half a million views on UVA’s platforms.  

UVA's Clear Bag Policy Will Be Enforced

Tickets are $20 for the general public, $5 students/ and free for UVA if reserved in advance.   Tickets can be purchased at the UVA Arts Box Office, on-line at, by phone (434) 924-3376 or in person at the Arts Box Office or at the door on the night of the concert. The UVA Arts Box Office is located on the John and Betsy Casteen Arts Grounds, inside the lobby of the UVA Drama Building at 109 Culbreth Road. For directions, please visit UVA Visitors Map or view directions via Google Maps.

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 small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

All programs are subject to change.

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