Choral music lovers, here’s a wonderful opportunity to attend the fall concert of the Collegium Musicum, an ensemble of some 30 singers that include UA students and community members from in and around Tucson. The free concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 5) in the Great Room of the Arizona Senior Academy Building at Academy Village, 13715 E. Langtry Lane.
Each semester the Collegium prepares a choral program of music from the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The Nov. 5 concert will feature works by Heinrich Schütz, Johann Hermann Schein, and Samuel Scheidt – composers called “The Three SCHs” of early German Baroque music. Some delightful German Renaissance pieces by Heinrich Isaac, Ludwig Senfl and Melchior Vulpius will be performed as well by a vocal quartet drawn from the Collegium singers.
Highlights of the program include “Cantate Domino” by Heinrich Schütz and the “Christmas Magnificat” of Samuel Scheidt. The text of “Cantate Domino,” from Psalm 149, “Let us sing unto the Lord a new song,” has been set to music by many composers over the centuries. The Schütz “Cantate Domino” is filled with lively imitative phrases that rapidly weave among the voices of the ensemble, and also features organ accompaniment.
Scheidt’s “Christmas Magnificat” combines both older and newer elements of early Baroque practice. Older elements include the use of chant intonations to start each section, as well as the interpolation of Christmas carols between liturgical sections. Newer elements include the use of concertato style – contrasting passages featuring a small solo ensemble, as well as basso continuo accompaniment. The remainder of the concert will feature a cappella (unaccompanied) pieces.
The Collegium is directed this year by the energetic and dynamic Brent Rogers, a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the UA. This Minnesota native spent the past two years in Yuma as professor of choral and voice performance at Arizona Western College, and has served as an adjudicator at choral festivals. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University.
The accompanist for some of the pieces will be organist Doug Leightenheimer, also a doctoral candidate in choral conducting at the UA. After receiving his undergraduate degree in organ performance, Doug earned a master’s degree in sacred music at Westminster Choir College.
Academy Village is an active-adult community located off Old Spanish Trail six miles southeast of Saguaro National Park East, where members enjoy sharing weekly concerts with the general public. Due to the popularity of Arizona Senior Academy events and the hall’s limited seating, non-members are encouraged to make reservations.
IF YOU GO:
WHAT: Choral concert by the Collegium Musicum
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Monday (Nov. 5)
WHERE: Arizona Senior Academy Building at Academy Village, 13715 E. Langtry Lane
ADMISSION: Free, donations accepted
RESERVATIONS: Recommended; email firstname.lastname@example.org