Oshkosh Chamber Singers
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Spring Concert featuring Mass from Two Worlds by Ariel Quintana
Friday, May 11, 2018
Music Hall, corner of Elmwood and Woodland Avenues, on the UW Oshkosh campus (map
& driving directions)
Mass from Two Worlds, by contemporary composer Ariel Quintana, will be the signature piece for the spring concert of the Oshkosh Chamber Singers. Joining the Chamber Singers for the Mass will be the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Chamber Choir. Herb Berendsen is the conductor.
The concert program will be rounded out with choral music from Spain, Uruguay, Cuba, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and Venezuela, ranging from pre-Renaissance to the present day.
The composer describes his work: “Full of passion and drama, Mass From Two Worlds is a piece which many will find to be eclectic in its musical styles and influences. It has a touch of South American rhythm, shades of French colors, and occasional ventures into Renaissance and Romanticism.”
Born in Libertador San Martin, Entre Rios, Argentina, Quintana started playing piano at the age of 3. By the time he was in kindergarten, he was playing the piano at school to accompany his classmates in singing. He graduated from the Universidad Adventista del Plata with a bachelor's degree in music education and a specialty in piano, where he also served as arranger and composer for the University Vocal Ensemble. He later earned a master's degree in music in piano performance from the National Conservatory of Music in Buenos Aires. Quintana received a doctorate in musical arts in choral conducting from the University of Southern California, where he studied under Dr. William Dehning, Dr. Morten Lauridsen and Dr. David Wilson. He was adjunct professor at California State San Bernardino and at Azusa Pacific University.
Currently, Quintana is is the choir conductor at Loma Linda University Church, associate minister of music at First Presbyterian Church of Hollywood, and the newly appointed director of choral studies at La Sierra University.
He continues to write commissions, and serves as a clinician and adjudicator in choral festivals and workshops.
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concert venues are barrier-free and handicapped accessible.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Saturday, December 16, 2017
2 performances: 4:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal Church, Algoma at Division, Oshkosh (map
& driving directions)
This joyous celebration of Biblical readings and related musical selections will be presented in the brilliance of the historic Trinity Episcopal Church. Accompanied by pipe organ and brass ensemble, the Oshkosh Chamber Singers join with members of the community in song and scripture readings celebrating the Advent and Christmas story. The audience will be invited to lift their voices in the congregational singing of familiar carols.
Our Voice: Music of Contemporary Midwest Composers
Saturday, October 28, 2017
First Congregational Church, 137 Algoma Boulevard, Oshkosh (map
& driving directions)
“Our Voice,” featuring the richness of choral music by Midwest composers from F. Melius Christiansen to John Harmon, will be presented Saturday, Oct. 28.
Special guests will be Fox Valley area musicians John Harmon and vocalist Janet Planet, and Keith Hampton, a church musician and composer from Chicago, Illinois.
Harmon’s Hopi Prayer is one of the evening’s selections. He and Planet also will perform original music from a project on which they are collaborating; and Planet will be a soloist for Celebrate by Hampton, who will accompany the piece on piano.
Other featured composers will be:
- Rene Clausen of Concordia University, Moorhead, Minnesota
- Larry Fleming, former director of Augsburg Choirs, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- F. Melius Christansen and Olaf Christansen, former directors of St. Olaf Choirs, Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Jeffrey Van and Dominic Argento, both formerly of the University of Minnesota
- Eric Barnum, director of choirs at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
- Daniel Kallman, Jake Runestad, Jocelyn Hagen and Stephen Paulus, Minnesota composers
- Blake Henson, formerly of St. Norbert College, De Pere, Wisconsin
- Zach Moore, director of choirs at Brookfield East High School
- Joe Jencks, a folk singer from Chicago, Illinois
Soloists will include:
- vocalists Kalie Martin, Todd Kaphaem, Risa Freund and Adam Minten
- John Mayrose on guitar
- Elizabeth DeLamater on drums
- Elizabeth DeLamater on marimba
- Nancy Kaphaem on cello
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