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NCSU Choirs Spring Concert

On Friday, 5 April at 7:00pm, the State Chorale, Vox Accalia (NCSU’s women’s choir), and Singing Statesmen (NCSU’s men’s choir) will host their annual spring concert at Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Raleigh, NC.

Each choral group will be presenting the best of the music they have rehearsed this semester. The State Chorale (my group) will sing:

“Salmo 150” – Ernani Aguiar

“Justorum animae” – Charles Villiers Stanford

“An Die Heimat” – Johannes Brahms

“O Adonai” – Roderick Williams

Three Shakespeare Songs – Matthew Harris

“Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind”

“And Will A’ Not Come Again”

“When Daffodils Begin to Peer”

“Am I Born to Die?” – Trad. Appalachian, arr. Dwight Bigler

“Turkey in the Straw” – Trad. Appalachian, arr. Dwight Bigler

“We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace” – Trad. Spiritual, arr. Moses Hogan

“John the Revelator” – Trad. Gospel Blues, arr. Caldwell/Ivory

I have been honored with the Celebrant solo in Roderick Williams’ Advent antiphon, “O Adonai,” likely placing me alone in the front of the church. I don’t even like being in the front row of the choir, so here’s to stressful adventures!

This concert is open to the public.

Tickets (also available at the door, cash or check only):
$10 Public
$8 Senior Citizens, Students, NCSU Faculty & Staff
$5 NCSU Students
(Children under 12 free with ticketed adult.)

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Community Choral Celebration

On Tuesday, 26 February at 7:00pm, the State Chorale will provide the finale to the Community Choral Celebration at Edenton Street UMC in downtown Raleigh.

Following several high school choirs, we will close the concert with Charles Villiers Stanford’s “Justorum animae” and three of Matthew Harris’ Shakespeare Songs: “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind,” “And Will A’ Not Come Again?,” and “When Daffodils Begin to Peer.”

This concert is free and open to the public.

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“Il Trovatore”

Today I’m pleased to announce that I will be joining the opera chorus in North Carolina Opera’s upcoming production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore. This will be a semi-staged production, sung in Italian with English supertitles. Even though I quite like opera, this will actually be my first experience working with it, so I’m quite excited.

The two performances are as follows (click for tickets):

27 April 2012 – Progress Energy Center, Raleigh, NC
29 April 2012 – Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill, NC

As an NC State student, I’m afraid I’ll have to do some purification rituals after the second performance, though.

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NCSU Choral Collage Concert

As you may know, I’ve been a part of North Carolina State University’s State Chorale for seven semesters now. In that time I’ve had the privilege of presenting some fantastic music with a very talented group of singers.

This semester, on 1 November 2011 at 7:00pm in Stewart Theater (NCSU Campus) we will be joining our fellow NCSU choirs – the Singing Statesmen and Vox Accalia – as a mass choir of nearly one hundred voices with the Raleigh Civic Symphony to present Felix Mendelssohn’s Psalm 115 and John Corigliano’s “Fern Hill”.

Today I am pleased to announce that I have been honored with the baritone solo in the Mendelssohn piece, meaning it’s just the orchestra and I through the entire third movement. We can always use a boost to our egos, right? Needless to say, I’m very humbled by my selection. Unfortunately, with the addition of the “The Masque of the Red Death”, this means I have 12 significant solo roles over the course of just three weeks! Yes, I’m frightened.

This is going to be a great concert, so if you’re in the area the evening of 1 November, stop by and say “hello”!

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“The Masque of the Red Death”

I am pleased to announce that I will be returning to sing with the orchestra at Carolina Ballet‘s The Masque of the Red Death. This short ballet is a prelude to the bigger attraction, Dracula. Both of these shows were great last year, so I highly recommend them. Tickets go on sale to the public 15 August 2011.

For more information, visit http://www.carolinaballet.com/dracula.html.