Fairfield University's Glee Club in concert with The R&J Project focuses its spring program on love, mayhem and death


It has been the goal of Fairfield University's R&J Project to touch myriad aspects and artistic expressions of three prominent themes Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" presents. The Fairfield University Glee Club's Spring Program spreads its musical wings to encompass "Love, Mayhem and Death" while bringing these themes to fruition through the music of masters on Saturday, April 17 at 8 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. Tickets are $10 general admission and $6 students.

Image: Carol MaxwellCarole Ann Maxwell, D.S.M., conducts and is joined by special guest conductor Michael Ciavaglia and the Fairfield University Orchestra. Beth Palmer is the accompanist and Rev. Charles H. Allen, S.J., Chaplain participates.

Love is musically exemplified by the women of the Glee Club in the sensuous and beautiful text from biblical "Songs," Pablo Casals' "Nigra Sum." The theme of love continues with a series of love poems transformed into songs and the Chamber Singers find themselves in a web of emotion with Renaissance composers and the contemporary Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story."

The theme of death is presented by the American premier of incidental music from "Romeo and Juliet" written by British composer, Mark Bannister. Guest conductor Ciavaglia presents several movements of the work and in addition, Bannister's inspiration for his work, Mozart's "Requiem" makes an appearance with the "Introitus" from this "Requiem."

Mayhem is expressed through games of chance and the wheel of fortune express in the first movement of "Carmina Burana" "O Fortuna" is an example of mankind's fickle fate and "West Side Story's" wild and zany "Gee, Officer Krupke" give the men something to sing about.

Tickets are available at fairfield.edu/quick or by contacting the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 for more information. The toll free number is 1-877-ARTS-396. Special offers and discounts are available through the Quick Center's e-mail list. Join, by contacting boxoffice@quickcenter.com. And become a fan of the Quick Center for the Arts on Facebook! Keep up-to-date with the latest performance news, plus special offers and discounts! Find the Quick Center at www.facebook.com/FairfieldQuickCenter.

Directions: Fairfield University is located off I-95, exit 22 at 1073 North Benson Road, Fairfield, CT 06824.

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Posted on March 16, 2010

Vol. 42, No. 236