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EIU Ensembles to Perform 'Cathedrals, Castles and Colonies' Concert

Sep-27-2010

The Eastern Illinois University Choral Ensembles and Collegium Musicum will perform music by English, French, German, Italian and American composers in the annual "Cathedrals, Castles and Colonies" concert on Sunday, Oct. 10.

The concert is to begin at 4 p.m. in the Doudna Fine Arts Center's Dvorak Concert Hall.

Performances will feature the EIU Concert Choir and Camerata Singers, under the direction of Richard Robert Rossi, now in his 11th season as EIU's director of choral activities; and the University Mixed Chorus, under the direction of new faculty member Janet McCumber, who received her Master of Arts in music from EIU in May.

The ensembles will perform a wide array of musical selections from early classics to contemporary works.

The Concert Choir will present the world premiere of Rossi's arrangement of "Ave Maria." The program will also include "Somebody’s Coming" by Dello Joio; "Speak to One Another" by Berger; "If Music Be the Food of Love" by Dickau; and "Ain’-a That Good News," arranged by Dawson.

The Camerata Singers will be accompanied by the Sinfonia string ensemble (faculty members Anna Cromwell on violin and Ka-Wai Yu on cello, as well as students Rory Mott on violin and Dylan Cain on viola). Selections will include "Heilig ist Der Herr (Holy is the Lord)" by Hammerschmidt; "Domine, Ad Adjuvandum Me Festina (Lord, My God, Assist Me Now)" by Martini; and "Ave Maria" in plainchant.

General admission tickets -- $5 each, or $3 for EIU employees, senior citizens and students -- may be purchased in person at Doudna Fine Arts Center Box Office, by telephone at 217-581-3110, or online at http://www.doudnatix.com.

The Doudna Fine Arts Center is a division of the EIU College of Arts and Humanities. For more information on the facility and scheduled events, please see http://www.eiu.edu/doudna.