Kenyon College Chamber Singers to perform at St. Norbert College

March 5, 7 p.m.

From St. Norbert College, February 22, 2012
by Chris Swietlik, chris.swietlik@snc.edu, (920) 403-3089

The Kenyon College Chamber Singers, conducted by Benjamin Locke, junior professor of music at Kenyon College, will perform on Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m. at Old St. Joseph Church. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Chamber Singers, consisting of fifty-four undergraduates chosen by competitive audition, are Kenyon's premier touring ensemble. The group is noted for its versatility of vocal style and will present an eclectic mix of a cappella choral repertoire.

A centerpiece to the program will be Johann Sebastian Bach's double-choir motet "Singet dem Herr ein neues Lied." Other performances will include compositions by Knut Nystedt, Judith Shatin, Gyorgy Orban, Jacob Handl, and Niels La Cour.

The New York Concert Review applauded the ensemble, stating "the young members of the Chamber Singers...retain the proper lightness to navigate the translucent textures of Sweelinck's Cantate Domino and Palestrina's Sicut Cervus...focused intently on the conductor, the singers kept their audience hanging on every word."

The members of Chamber Singers come from twenty states and the country of Estonia. Thirteen of the singers are declared music majors, while the rest come from a variety of fields including mathematics, religion, studio art, biology, drama, psychology, philosophy and English. All the singers value music as an integral part of a liberal-arts education and take great pride in reaching for the highest musical standards in performance.

For more information contact Sarah Parks, assistant professor of music at St. Norbert College, at sarah.parks@snc.edu or 920-403-4442.