Today I worked with the University Chamber Singers from Washington and Lee University, the premier choral ensemble from a top-notch college here in Lexington, VA. We worked on three pieces--a relatively new piece by Stephen Paulus (who wrote a larger work for Chanticleer two seasons ago), Andrea Gabrieli's glorious Magnificat, and a setting of Roll, Jordan, Roll, arranged by Stacey Gibbs (an acquaintance of Cortez, one of our countertenors). The University Singers are preparing for an April tour to Italy (including a stop in Venice, where Gabrieli wrote the majority of his repertoire, including the Magnificat). The programming variety was very good, and I was so pleased to see such commitment to choral music here in Virginia. Tonight's concert was held in the same space as the masterclass, the Lenfest Center. Continuing the trend of great concert attendance this Spring, the concert was sold out. We've performed here several times over the past few seasons, but the acoustics seemed especially good tonight. It was one of those magical nights when everything worked beautifully... the combination of a resonant hall and an attentive, involved audience resulted in a memorable performance and a very enthusiastic response. Audience favorites included Die Lorelei, by Mason Bates, I Hear the Siren's Call, by Chen Yi, and arrangements of Creole Love Call and Temptation. We hope to be back soon. Special thanks to Dr. Shane Lynch for leading his University Chamber Singers to such success, and to one their singers--Jack Murphy--for taking this photo during tonight's concert! Jace ___

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