Chamber Singers Spring Concert

"Renewed. Refreshed. Restored."
April 20, 2019 - 8:00pm
Old Cabell Hall
$10/$9 UVA Faculty & Staff/ $5 students/ Free for UVA Students who reserve in advance

Join the UVA Chamber Singers for an evening of music Saturday, April 20 at 8:00pm in Old Cabell Hall. 

Re- a (prefix) occurring originally in loanwords from Latin, used with the meaning “again” or “again and again” to indicate repetition. Re-new. (v) past tense: renewed. resume, return to, pick up again, refresh(ed). syn: restor(ed).

We gain new perspective as the ground thaws, the temperature warms, and new life that was sheltered from the harshness of winter, literally “springs” forth. Even though the seasons run together, the return of spring is unmistakable as tangled masses of vegetation (and their roots that run deep below the surface) bud and adorn the earth in festive decor. The continuousness, the cycle of seasons, and the redefining of the same phenomena permeate this concert, as illustrated in its title: “renewed. refreshed. restored.”

Each word in tonight’s concert title is a synonym of the remaining two, and their common prefix brings visual congruence to these different terms. Even in death, we celebrate a cleansing, a renewal, or simply a return to the earth that creates and allows for the sustenance of life. University Singers explore the completeness of this cycle in a program that describes the earth, the elements, and the intangible emotions and ultimate fallibility of humankind.

Founded in 2005 by Michael Slon and led this term by visiting conductor Ryan Mullaney, the University of Virginia Chamber Singers is a select ensemble drawn from the University Singers, and performs a wide variety of music for chamber choir ranging from early music to contemporary compositions.  Recent performances have included Britten’s Hymn to St. Cecilia, Vivaldi’s Magnificat, Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, Copland’s In the Beginning, Allegri’s Miserere, Pärt’s Magnficat, Glass’s Three Songs, Burtner’s Palladian Echoes, a program of English and Italian madrigals, and Bach’s Mass in B minor with the University Singers.  In addition, the group has performed popular standards by Harold Arlen, Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, and the Beatles, a spoof concert of P.D.Q. Bach, and new music by Meredith Monk (with the Meredith Monk Vocal Ensemble) and Eric Whitacre.  In 2010, the Chamber Singers made their first appearances at the Staunton Music Festival, including a performance with Grammy-award winning baritone Kevin McMillan.  In 2012, they participated in a workshop with Peter Phillips, director of the world famous Tallis Scholars, and have also collaborated with Three Notch’d Road, Charlottesville’s professional Baroque ensemble.  In 2014, they were honored to perform for composer Philip Glass during his UVa Arts Board Residency, and in spring 2015 were heard on tour in Europe with the University Singers. 

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 Road, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. 

Please call the Music Department at 434.924.3052 for more information.
All events are subject to change.


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