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33rd annual All Saints Day concert at St. Norbert College

From St. Norbert College, September 25, 2006
by Mike Counter,, (920) 403-3089

The 33rd annual All Saints Day Concert will be held at St. Norbert College's Walter Theatre at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 1. The 160-voice Dudley Birder Chorale will perform "A German Requiem" by Johannes Brahms.

The concert, conducted by Dudley Birder, will feature internationally acclaimed soprano Teresa Seidl and St. Norbert College professor of voice baritone Michael Rosewall as soloists, as well as a 40-piece orchestra comprised of musicians from both the Green Bay and Fox Valley Symphony Orchestras.

"A German Requiem," composed in 1868, will be sung in English. The text for the work is extracted not from the liturgical Mass but from sections of both the Old and New Testaments. Consisting of seven movements, the work is Brahms' largest and most often performed composition. It is also considered to be one of the greatest choral masterworks of all time.

The program will include "Gloria" by Alan Randol Bass and Birder's arrangements of Cesar Franck's "Psalm 150" and Vaughan Williams' "For All the Saints."

Also, in keeping with tradition, a special candlelight tribute remembering members of the community will be followed by the singing of Faure's deeply moving "In Paradisum."

The All Saints Day Concert is the first of the Chorale's 2006-07 season. Other programs will include the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra's "Holiday Pops," on Dec. 8 and 9 and "The Seven Last Words of Christ," an ecumenical event to begin Holy Week on April 1, both at the Weidner Center. The final concert, "America Sings II," presenting patriotic, gospel and popular hits from Broadway musicals, will be held on May 11 and 12 at St. Norbert College's Walter Theatre.

Tickets for the All Saints Day Concert are priced at $20 and $15 and are now available at the St. Norbert College Box Office, (800) 762-2699 or (920) 403-3864.