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William Ferris Chorale Named Artist-in-Residence at Loyola University Chicago
Partnership to Provide ‘Hands-On’ Exposure for Fine and Performing Arts Students
CHICAGO, July 1, 2010 – Loyola University Chicago has appointed the William Ferris Chorale as the University’s newest Artist-in-Residence. Effective today, July 1, 2010, this new partnership will allow Loyola’s fine and performing arts students the opportunity to observe the operation of a professional choral ensemble first-hand, through open rehearsals and internships. With the addition of this new Artist-in-Residence, Loyola will continue towards its goal of creating a vital performance presence at the University.
The William Ferris Chorale was founded in 1971 by composer and conductor William Ferris and tenor John Vorrasi. Since then, the chorale has performed more than 175 concerts and received accolades for its exciting performances and world-premiere recordings of contemporary music. Some of the 20th century’s greatest composers have been guests at their concerts – including Gian Carlo Menotti, William Schuman, John Corigliano, Vincent Persichetti, Ned Rorem, William Mathias, and David Diamond – and the ensemble has performed at both the Spoleto and Aldeburgh Festivals. Since 2004, the ensemble has been conducted by Paul French, a distinguished composer in his own right, and a rising star on the national choral conducting scene.
“We are thrilled to welcome the William Ferris Chorale as our Artist-in-Residence. We expect their presence on campus will encourage our students to participate in internships and other experiential learning opportunities, which is one of our key missions in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts,said April Browning, director of the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. Additionally, the chorale’s performances in Madonna della Strada Chapel will enhance the cultural landscape of the Lake Shore Campus, making it a destination spot for audiences from the surrounding areas who enjoy classical music.
As the Artist-in-Residence, the chorale will perform three concerts during the 2010-2011 season, all of which will be held in the Madonna della Strada Chapel beginning this December. The chorale will also provide discounted concert tickets to Loyola faculty, staff, students, and alumni.
A Boy is Born
December 11, 2010, 7:30 p.m.
This Christmas concert by the chorale is a perennial favorite. This year’s edition includes music spanning three centuries, a veritable snowstorm of carols, and a performance of Benjamin Britten’s rarely heard cantata,A Boy Is Born.
March 19, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
This performance includes the world premiere of the jazz-infused Sea Songs by Chicago’s award-winning saxophonist Jim Gailoretto. Music critic Neal Tesser praised Gailloreto as one of the most unique composer-performers putting pen to staff paper today. Sea Songs was written specifically for the Chorale.
Of Love and Angels Music of Dominick Argento
April 30, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
A season finale and a salute to the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer and friend of the Chorale, Dominick Argento. Well known for his operas, songs, and chamber works, Argento has also composed a distinguished body of choral music. This performance is filled with his engaging melodies and intriguing texts.
For more information on the Chorale, including its programs and recordings, visit www.williamferrischorale.org
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts combines the disciplines of dance, music, theatre, and the visual arts, and provides students with a quality arts education. This alignment of creative energies, which helps foster interdisciplinary collaboration, combined with the renovation of two buildings on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts at Loyola University Chicago.
About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago, founded in 1870, is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university. Enrollment is more than 15,800 students, which includes more than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola also serves as the U.S. host university to The Beijing Center for Chinese Studies in Beijing, China. Loyola’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, continuing and professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 71 undergraduate majors, 71 undergraduate minors, 85 master’s degrees, and 31 doctoral degrees. Loyola is consistently ranked among the “top national universities” by U.S.News & World Report, and the University was named a “best value” in the publication’s 2010 rankings. In addition, Loyola is among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations, such as the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. For more information about Loyola, please visit LUC.edu.