Fairfield University Glee Club presents "Overture to the World"


The Fairfield University Glee Club, under the baton of Conductor Carole Ann Maxwell, will perform its annual spring concert, "Overture to the World," on Saturday, April 7, at 8 p.m., in the university's Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.

The Glee Club, accompanied by Galen Tate, organist and director of music at St. Thomas More Church, Darien, and the Festival Orchestra, will begin the program with a tribute to their alma mater arranged by MacCallum; followed by "Viva la Musica," by Ivan Erod; "Kua Rongo Mai Koe," by Ngapo Wehi; and Rachmaninoff's "Bogorodiste Devo" from Vespers, sung in Russian.

Also on the program are: "Hallelujah, Praise the Lamb," sung by mezzo soprano Maggie Reinhart; Scottish Folk Songs performed by soloist James DiGugliemo: Mozart's "Regina Coeli" sung in Latin; Bach's "Alleluja;" and Fanshawe's "Finale and Gloria" from African Sanctus, also sung in Latin.

The Fairfield University Glee Club continues a 50-year musical legacy. The mixed chorus of more than 130 singers is the parent organization of four additional choral ensembles: the acclaimed Chamber Singers, who will sing Marvin Curtis' "Praising Song" and Orazio Vecchi's "Gioite Tutti" in Italian and Claude Debussy's "Dieu! Qu'il la fait bon regarder!" in French; and selections by the Men's Ensemble, known for their comedy routines, accompanied by Michael Ciavaglia and directed by Christopher Jack and Michael Rubin.

Also, the Sine Nomine Singers, the resident quartet, will feature soprano Kathleen Corrigan, alto Amy Mattulina, tenor Patrick Dorion and bass Mark Weldon; and Sweet Harmony, accompanied by Angela Weston and directed by Elena Carrington and Allison Morrow, will also perform. These men and women have made a serious commitment to choral excellence, while developing a unique espirt de corps that has become a hallmark of their performances.

Carole Ann Maxwell, conductor of choral and liturgical music at Fairfield University, is one of America's preeminent conductors of collegiate, community and professional choral ensembles. She also serves as the artistic director and conductor of the Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and the chorus master for Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra and the Yale Opera.

Tickets to the concert are $8, $6 for students. They may be reserved by calling (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647, nhabetz@fairfield.edu

Posted on March 23, 2001

Vol. 33, No. 157