Fairfield University Glee Club ushers in the Christmas season


The Fairfield University Glee Club, under the baton of Conductor Carole Ann Maxwell, will usher in the holiday season with its annual concert, "Beloved Christmas Favorites," on Friday, Nov. 30, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. in the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts. A third concert will take place on Friday, Dec. 7, at 8 p.m., in St. Catherine of Siena Church, Riverside.

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The Glee Club, accompanied by Galen Tate, organist and director of music at St. Thomas More Church, Darien, and the Festival Orchestra, will sing Bach's "Wohl mir, dass ich Jesum habe" in German, and Rachmaninoff's "Bogoroditse Devo" in Russian. In addition, the Sine Nomine Singers - soprano Kim DiVincenzo, alto Amy Mattulina, tenor Alex Pavone, bass Ian Bonner and the Glee Club will sing selections from Vivaldi's "Gloria in D Major" in Latin.

Also on the program are a gospelized "O Come Emmanuel," "O Magnum Mysterium," and "Go Tell it on the Mountain," sung by the university chamber singers, followed by selections from the Glee Club's soloists.

The program will conclude with numbers from Sweet Harmony, the Men's Ensemble, and the Glee Club singing Kantor's "Night of Silence" and selections from "Do You Hear What I Hear."

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; the Men's Ensemble, known for their comedy routines, and this year directed by Michael Ciavaglia and Michael Rubin and accompanied by Paul DeSena; Sweet Harmony, directed by Elizabeth Illingworth and Allison Morrow and accompanied by Angel Weston; and the Sine Nomine Singers, the resident quartet.

Carole Ann Maxwell, director 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 Orchestra.

Tickets to the concert are $8 if purchased in advance, $10 at the door and may be reserved by calling (203) 245-4010 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 November 15, 2001

Vol. 34, No. 100