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Kami Duncan, 214-768-2788
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April 2, 2004

MEADOWS CHORALE AND CONCERT CHOIR PRESENT WORKS BY FAURÉ AND HAAZAN, APRIL 20

Fauré's "Requiem" to be presented in tribute to Dr. Lloyd Pfautsch

DALLAS (SMU) - The Meadows Chorale and the Meadows Concert Choir will be joined by SMU choral alumni to present a concert featuring works by Father Guido Haazan and the French master composer Gabriel Fauré at 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 20 in Caruth Auditorium, 6101 Bishop Blvd. on the SMU campus. Dr. Alfred Calabrese, director of choral activities at the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU, will conduct. Admission is FREE, and no tickets are required. For more information please call the Meadows School Division of Music at 214.768.1951.

The Meadows Concert Choir opens the program with a performance of the "Missa Luba," a mass in Congolese style arranged by Haazan. Guest tenor soloist for this work is SMU alumnus Marc Ashley Foster (M.M. '96). Members of the Meadows Percussion Ensemble will accompany the choir on indigenous African instruments. The concert choir will also perform Fauré's beautiful and well-known motet, "Cantique de Jean Racine."

The Meadows Chorale and about 20 choral alumni will then join the concert choir to present Fauré's "Requiem," a performance in tribute to long time director of choral activities at SMU, Dr. Lloyd Pfautsch. One of the country's most respected university choral conductors and teachers for half a century, Pfautsch was also a widely published and performed composer.

"Many of the alumni participating in the concert are accomplished church musicians and professional singers," said Dr. Calabrese. "Their return to SMU for this event demonstrates the excellence and loyalty of the Pfautsch legacy.

"Fauré's setting of the 'Requiem' is one of serenity, optimism and elegance,"he said. "Fauré focuses not on the dreadful image of death but rather on the sweetness and confidence in the afterlife. We felt this uplifting work was an especially appropriate way to honor the memory of Dr. Pfautsch."

The Meadows Chorale has long been regarded as one of the premier university chamber choirs in the country. The Chorale features the most advanced vocal talent in the Meadows School of the Arts, performing a repertoire ranging from plainchant to the present day. The Chorale has performed by invitation at conventions of the Texas Music Educators Association and the American Choral Directors Association and has collaborated with conductors, composers and other ensembles to present world premieres of works or rarely performed works. Some of these include world premieres of works by Simon Sargon and Warren Benson and collaborations with the Meadows Wind Ensemble and the Fort Worth Ballet.

The Meadows Concert Choir is an ensemble designed for both music majors and non-majors from across the SMU campus. They are featured annually with the Seminary Singers in the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at Perkins Chapel and perform a challenging and varied repertoire ranging from major works with orchestra to lighter fare.

Dr. Alfred Calabrese, associate professor of music at the Meadows School, has studied with Jan Harrington, Robert Porco and Robert Shaw and has prepared choirs for Sir David Willcocks, John Nelson, Yoel Levi, David Stahl and Robert Porco. Prior to coming to SMU, he was an associate professor of music at Brevard College in North Carolina. He is a past chorus master of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus and former director of choral activities and head of the graduate program in choral conducting at Emory University. From 1989 to 1992 Dr. Calabrese was the assistant to Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus. His dissertation on the early choral works of Benjamin Britten is in the permanent collection of the Britten-Pears Library in Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England. He is a past recipient of a Ball Foundation Research Grant and is currently a contributing author in an upcoming volume of articles and essays honoring Thomas Dunn. Recordings include Magnifical and Mighty: Choral Music of the Twentieth Century and Tomorrow shall be my dancing day: Christmas at Emory University.

 


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