Pitt-Greensburg Chorale & Chamber Singers

 

Chorale

Fall 2019

Joan Chambers Concert Series

presents

Kassia Ensemble &

Pitt-Greensburg Chorale

First Noël

featuring

Saint-Saëns

Oratorio de Noël

Bach

Lobet den Herrn, alle Heiden

Handel

Selections from Messiah

Wednesday, November 20

Preview Concert (piano only)

Campana Chapel, 11:30am

Thursday, November 21

Delmont Presbyterian Church

Delmont, 7:30pm

Friday, November 22

First United Methodist Church

Greensburg, 7:30pm

Spring 2020

Spring Concert

 Pitt-Greensburg Chorale &

Chamber Singers

Thursday, April 2
Friday, April 3

Campana Chapel, 7:30pm

 

 

Listen

2018-19

A Great Vision

Wednesday, 11/28/18 - with pre-concert talk and concert

Friday, 11/30/18

Spectrum Concert

Friday, 3/22/19

 

2017-18

Raise a Glass!

Friday, 12/1/17

In Song

Friday, 4/13/18

2014-15

Fischer: Shine

 

2013-14

Bridger: Ya Eres Mia

PDQ Bach: Throw the Yule Log On, Uncle John

2012-13

Fischer: I Would Live In Your Love

Poulenc: Margoton Va T'a L'iau

2011-12

Whitacre: Seal Lullaby

Thompson: Last Words of David

About the Pitt-Greensburg Chorale and Chamber Singers

The Pitt-Greensburg Chorale and Chamber Singers are the University’s two choral ensembles. This Fall, the Chorale joins the Kassia Ensemble of Pittsburgh in their first concert together since 2015 for First Noël - music of Saint-Saëns, Bach, Handel, and more. Soloists Cynthia Ortiz and Skip Napier join us for the first concert of the holiday season.

Last year, they offered A Great Vision, music of great awe and inspiration, highlighted by Benjamin Britten's seminar work Hymn to St. Cecilia. The concert tied together works of great Romantic and Impressionist composers Rossini, Boulanger, and Debussy in one of Chorale's most ambitious programs to date. We were proud to sing She Who Would Bind You by St. Louis composer Dr. Tristan Frampton, who joined us onstage to conduct its premiere.

In the Spring of 2019, Chorale was honored to join the Westmoreland Symphony, its Westmoreland Symphony Chamber Singers, and Seton HIll's Una Voce, for a one-night performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, on the stage of the Palace Theatre in Greensburg! It was one of the great highlights of our musical lives together.

Previously, the Chorale shared music of the great masters Haydn and Mendelssohn, highlighting great choruses from their seminal oratorios The Seasons and Elijah. This focus on music from masterworks followed its performances of previous years. In 2016, its holiday concert featured the great choruses of Handel's Messiah; the year previous, it collaborated with the Kassia Ensemble for the Faure Requiem. Its Spring 2016 concert featured the world premiere of To Joy by composer Tyler Stampe, recent winner of the Busan Choral Festival Composition Competition, as well as selections of the 2016 Spring Musical Man of La Mancha.

The Chorale has collaborated with composer Peter Fischer and Pitt-Greensburg graduate Elliot Sheedy on the film, Crown of Gamma, written and directed by Sheedy, and with the new piece Shine for chorus, piano, and cello, composed by Fischer for Chorale for this film. Chorale debuted its contributions to the film score in its Fall 2014 concert, world premiering Fischer's music live with presentation of the film. In the Spring of 2013, they were honored to premiere I Would Live in Your Love, also by Fischer. They have partnered with St. Vincent Strings to perform Schubert's great romantic work Messe in G dur (Mass in G). Chorale and Chamber Singers also have featured works such as Heinrich Schütz’s Die Sieben Worte, in collaboration with the Bevington Viol Consort of Pittsburgh. In December of 2011, their performance highlighted the music of composer Eric Whitacre and many others in a musical and visual collage telling the story of the Raven and the Light from northwest Indian mythology. They have also presented works such as Mozart's Missa Brevis in Bb, Bach's Nimm, was dein ist, und gehe hin (Cantata 144), selections from Brahms' Liebeslierwaltzes, scenes from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana in collaboration with Seton Hill University, as well as contemporary choral compositions of Herbert Howells, Gyorgy Orban, J. Aaron McDermid, Joaquim Serra, Joan Casas, Steve Heitzeg, Daniel Pinkham, Allen Friedman, and John Williams.