Collegium_Musicum_director_cropThe University of Arizona Collegium Musicum will present an evening concert of choral music at 7:30 p.m. Monday (March 25) at the Arizona Senior Academy. Directed by Brent Rogers, a doctoral candidate in choral conducting, the Collegium performs music of the Baroque and Renaissance.

Coinciding with Holy Week, Monday’s program features a “Passion Pastiche” of excerpts from musical settings of the Passion story, including Johann Sebastian Bach’s “St. John Passion,” George Friedrich Handel’s “Brockes Passion,” Heinrich Schutz’s “St. Luke Passion,” Reinhard Keiser’s “St. Mark Passion” and Georg Philip Telemann’s oratorio “Der Tod Jesu.”

The ensemble is made up of community members as well as university students. For Monday’s special program, the group will join forces with a chamber orchestra of instrumentalists as well as vocal soloists from the UA voice department.

The drama of the Passion story is heightened by the differing styles of the orchestrally accompanied Bach and Handel selections that unfold the story, followed by the starkly a cappella Schutz excerpts that dramatically portray the trial of Jesus, and then a return to orchestral accompaniment in the pre-classical styles of the Keiser and Telemann selections that portray the crucifixion and death of Jesus.

The Passion story will be framed by two ethereal opening and closing a cappella settings of “Hosanna to the Son of David” by English composers Orlando Gibbons and Thomas Weelkes. In all, the concert promises to be a feast for the ears!

Submitted by Leslie Nitzberg, Academy Village Volunteer

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Choral Group Presents Holy Week: March 2013