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Yale Choral Artists sing Brahms February 9

January 25, 2013

Updated Feb. 9, 2013: This concert has been cancelled because of the blizzard. We hope we will be able to reschedule. Please check our website for updates.

The Yale Glee Club and the Yale School of Music present a concert by the Yale Choral Artists on Saturday, February 9, at 8 pm.

Jeffrey Douma will conduct the performance, which will also feature the pianists Robert Blocker and Melvin Chen.

The concert features choral music of Johannes Brahms, including Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz (Op. 29, No. 2); Warum ist das Licht gegeben (Op. 74, No. 1); Nänie (Op. 82, piano four-hands version); and the Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52.

The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Memorial Hall at 470 College Street.

Paul Berry, Assistant Professor of Music History and a noted Brahms scholar, will give a pre-concert lecture in Sudler Hall (adjacent to Sprague Hall) at 7 pm.

The Yale Choral Artists is a professional choir recently founded by the Yale School of Music and the Yale Glee Club to enhance and enrich Yale’s strong commitment to the choral arts. The choir is a project-based ensemble comprised of leading singers from around the country. Current members of the Choral Artists also perform in the ranks of such acclaimed ensembles as the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Chanticleer, the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Voices of Ascension, Conspirare, and many others, and are also leading concert soloists, particularly in the area of early music.

Jeffrey Douma is the director of the Yale Glee Club, Yale’s principal undergraduate mixed chorus, and Associate Professor of Conducting at the Yale School of Music. He has appeared as guest conductor with choruses and orchestras on six continents, and has prepared choruses for performances under such eminent conductors as Valery Gergiev, Sir Neville Marriner, Sir David Willcocks, Shinik Hahm, Toshiyuki Shimada, Krzysztof Penderecki and Helmuth Rilling. He is also currently the musical director of the Yale Alumni Chorus and choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT. An advocate of new music, Douma has premiered new works with the Glee Club by such composers as Dominick Argento, Lee Hoiby, Jan Sandström, and James Macmillan, and serves as editor of the Yale Glee Club New Classics Choral Series, published by Boosey & Hawkes. A tenor, Douma has appeared as an ensemble member and frequent soloist with the nation’s leading professional choirs, including the Dale Warland Singers, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, and the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. Douma served previously on the conducting faculties of Carroll College, Smith College, and the Interlochen Center for the Arts. He holds the Bachelor of Music Degree from Concordia College (Moorhead, MN) and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan.

For more information, please contact Sean Maher at 203 432-4136.