Tuesday, December 08, 2009

[HvEXAS] Rensselaer Holiday Concert | EMPAC Concert Hall | Tuesday December 15th @ 7 PM

(My apologies if you are getting this twice - and by all means, let
others know! The more, the merrier never seemed as apropos...)


Rensselaer Holiday Concert
Antioch Chamber Ensemble
Tuesday December 15th, 7 PM
EMPAC Concert Hall
2 free tickets with Rensselaer ID (available at the EMPAC box office
starting Monday December 7 between 9 am and 6 PM)
$10 general admission
co-presented by EMPAC and Student Life

In celebration of winter and the turning of the year, EMPAC and
Student Life invite you to the holiday concert at EMPAC – establishing
a new tradition on campus.

Inside what The New York Times calls "the concert hall of the 21st
century," listeners will hear the Antioch Chamber Ensemble performing
holiday and winter songs, among others the "Ceremony of Carols" by
Benjamin Britten, "Hebrew Love Songs" by Eric Whitacre, "Mid-Winter
Songs" by Morten Lauridsen, and other festive music for the season.

This "spectacular example of what a classical choir should sound like"
debuted at the gala opening of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
and is now coming to our concert hall. Harp and voices will float
through this pristine performance place especially well suited for
vocal music.

This concert will also be the perfect close to Fall 2009 series of
events and performances.


+ General Admission = $10
+ Rensselaer Student, Faculty & Staff = 2 FREE tickets with Rensselaer

+ For tickets, directions, and other concerns, contact the EMPAC Box
Office at 518.276.3921 or visit the website at http://

+ Antioch Chamber Ensemble bio:

Widely regarded as one of the finest professional vocal ensembles in
the United States, The Antioch Chamber Ensemble is currently
celebrating its 12th season of exceptional music-making, having made
its debut at the gala opening of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center
in 1997. Under the leadership of founding Artistic Director Joshua
Copeland, the ensemble strives to present as diverse a program as
possible of the world's greatest choral literature, both sacred and
secular, and has performed works ranging from Renaissance polyphony to
contemporary masterpieces with a core group of ten to twelve of the
New York metropolitan area's finest singers. In 2008, Antioch was
awarded first-place honors in the highly prestigious Tolosa
International Choral Competition in Spain, establishing them among the
top rank of professional choirs in the world. In recent seasons,
Antioch has been called "stellar," "flawless," "an exceptional group,"
and "a spectacular example of what a classical choir should sound
like" by the national press.

Antioch's past performance highlights include feature performances for
Carnegie Hall's Neighborhood Concert Series, the Trinity Wall Street
Noon-Day Concert Series, the American Choral Directors Association
Eastern National Conference and the Nautilus Music Festival in Nova
Scotia. In the coming season, Antioch will perform at the Curtis R.
Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC) at
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York, hailed by the New York
Times as a technological pleasure dome for the mind and senses. The
ensemble will premiere a piece by composer Bruce Adolphe at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of a special exhibition of works by
the Renaissance painter Agnolo Bronzino in March, and return to the
Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina for their ninth
consecutive performance in the Choral Artists Series in May. In July,
Antioch will appear at the Musique en Morvan Festival and the Festival
des Choeurs Laureats in France, where they will give the premiere
European performance of American composer Eric Whitacre's The City and
the Sea.

Antioch's first full-length recording, Winter Songs, featuring the Mid-
Winter Songs by contemporary American composer Morten Lauridsen, was
released in December of 2003 to wide-spread acclaim. The ensemble's
second CD will be released by MSR Classics in 2010.


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