Spring Choral Showcase
The stream of this virtual performance will be available for you to watch from home. Please do not come to the building. This choral project was individually pre-recorded and edited together for the health and safety of the artists and staff.
The program features two favorite works by major composers Johann Sebastian Bach and Johannes Brahms.
To begin, a smaller group of ten singers from the UMD Chamber Singers will perform the chorale motet by Bach, Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 225, with an accompanying ensemble of strings and organ. This large scale motet is symmetrically structured in eleven movements with the central sixth movement fugue acting as the pillar for the entire work. Jesu, meine Freude contains some of Bach’s most musically expressive and rhetorically demonstrative vocal writing.
After the Bach, the entire ensemble will perform the cheerful and charming Ziguenerlieder, Op. 103, by Brahms. Although composed late in his life, this group of eleven separate songs contains music that is youthfully exuberant and energetic, as well as poignant and expressive, as it depicts love and loss through the language of Hungarian harmonies and dance rhythms. The pianist for this performance is Rhys Burgess.
About the UMD Chamber Singers:
Led by Professor Edward Maclary, the UMD Chamber Singers have achieved international renown and offer a wide array of experiences with music encompassing all styles and eras.
Photo was taken by Alison Harbaugh in 2015.