FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Public Programming
Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola University Chicago Department of Fine and Performing Arts Presents the William Ferris Chorale
Concert to Feature Contemporary French Music
CHICAGO, January 30, 2014 – Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts presents The French Connection: Music of Faure and Vierne by artist-in-residence William Ferris Chorale and conducted by Paul French.
Throughout its history, the Chorale has performed contemporary French music. In this performance they will present Gabriel Faure’s Messe Basse, Maria Mater Gratiae, Tantum Ergo, Ave Verum Corpus, and Cantique de Jean Racine. The second half of the program will include Louis Vierne’s glorious Messe Solennelle and Henri Potiron’s rousing Attolite Portas for combined choirs.
“The Madonna della Strada Chapel’s magnificent Goulding and Wood, Kay Stamm Memorial Organ, is eclectic in design and can play a great variety of organ literature with authority and authenticity. It is a natural fit with French literature,” said French.
For this performance, three high school girls choirs from Mother McAuley High School, The Willows Academy, and St. John Cantius Church will also join the program.
“Sharing the chapel with 60 additional young voices will be a thrill for all involved,” said French, who has been visiting and planning with each choir for months.
Founded in 1971 by composer and conductor William Ferris and tenor John Vorrasi, 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. The ensemble has also performed at both the Spoleto and Aldeburgh Festivals.
Since 2004, the ensemble has been conducted by French, a distinguished composer in his own right, and a rising star on the national choral conducting scene.
The French Connection: Music of Faure and Vierne is on Saturday, March 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Madonna della Strada Chapel at 1032 West Sheridan Road in Rogers Park on Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus. Tickets are $20 and can be reserved at williamferrischorale.org. Contact the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.508.8400 or visit blogs.luc.edu/ArtsAlive for more information.
About the Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Loyola’s Department of Fine and Performing Arts aligns the creative energies of dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to provide quality arts education to students. This interdisciplinary collaboration, and the renovation of two arts facilities on the Lake Shore Campus, has inspired a renaissance of the arts on campus. This year’s public programming includes more than 70 innovative events engaging several art forms. For information and events, visit blogs.luc.edu/ArtsAlive.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. More than 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S. News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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