The Marylhurst Choral Union, formed just this fall, plans three community concerts for the 2012-13 season that cover a diverse music spectrum, from Spanish holiday carols to opera.
The choir's season opens on Friday, December 7, when the ensemble presents "A Latin Christmas." The concert features Christmas music with a Latin American twist, with Spanish and Mexican carols added to the repertoire. The 7:30 p.m. performance will be held at St. Anne's Chapel on the Marylhurst campus. Tickets are $5.
Two more concerts are planned in the coming months. On March 20, the ensemble will perform works by acclaimed Vermont choral composer Gwyneth Walker. Walker will spend time on the Marylhurst campus throughout that week, working with Marylhurst voice and composition students.
On June 7 and 8, the choir will end its season with Gilbert & Sullivan's comic opera "HMS Pinafore," staged and directed by Alastair Donkin, a renowned former singer in the Gilbert & Sullivan Opera Company. Weather permitting, the June concerts will be held in the outdoor Lajos Balogh Performance Shell on the Marylhurst campus.
"This year's performances will cover about 300 years of music history, providing diverse experiences we think our audiences will really appreciate," said Justin Smith, choral union director. "In forming this new chorale, we're looking to increase the culture of singing here on campus, as well as establish Marylhurst as a center for music in the community. All three of this year's concerts will help us achieve both."
The 40-member ensemble includes Marylhurst faculty, staff, former students, music teachers from throughout the community and others with an interest in singing. The choir rehearses weekly and new members are welcome. To learn more about joining the Marylhurst Choral Union, contact Justin Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org or 503.534.4067
Marylhurst Choral Union 2012-13 concert schedule:
A Latin Christmas
Friday, December 7
7:30 p.m., St. Anne's Chapel
Gala Choral Concert
Wednesday, March 20
7:30 p.m., St. Anne's Chapel
Rule Brittania! HMS Pinafore in Concert
Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8
7:30 p.m., Lajos Balogh Performance Shell
About Marylhurst University
Marylhurst University, a private liberal arts university 10 miles south of Portland, Ore., on Highway 43, is regionally accredited and nationally recognized for innovation and academic excellence in serving adult learners. Founded in 1893, Oregon's oldest Catholic university serves nearly 1,800 multigenerational students of all faiths and backgrounds. Marylhurst offers more than 50 undergraduate and graduate degrees and professional certificate programs on campus and online, all of which integrate the liberal arts with professional studies and prepare graduates to be ethical leaders who think critically and creatively.