Fairfield University Glee Club presents "A Night of Fantasy" at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts


The Fairfield University Glee Club will whisk listeners away to a witches' lair, a mythical Scottish glen and the dream of two young lovers in "A Night of Fantasy" on Saturday, April 12, at 8 p.m. at the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at Fairfield University.

The evening's sumptuous program, under the direction of Carole Ann Maxwell, includes more than a dozen flights of fancy, including performances by soloists, the Men's Ensemble, the Sine Nomine Singers and the Chamber Singers.

The evening begins with the university's alma mater followed by Ivan Erod's "Viva la Musica." From there the Glee Club will move through selections from Lerner and Loewe's beloved musical "Brigadoon." Program highlights include: Leonard Bernstein's "Symphonic Dance (Dream Sequence)" from "West Side Story;" "Witches Chorus" from Verdi's "MacBeth;" Borodin's "Polovetzian Dance and Chorus" from "Prince Igor;" and "The Impossible Dream" and "Finale" from "Man of La Mancha."

The Rev. Charles Allen, S.J., is moderator for the evening and instrumentalists are Galen Tate, John Primavera and John Gallagher. Beth Palmer will be a guest pianist.

The glee club is continuing its 55-year musical legacy at Fairfield University. A mixed chorus of more than 130 undergraduate and graduate singers, the glee club includes four additional ensembles: the acclaimed Chamber Singers; the resident quartet, Sine Nomine Singers; the Men's Ensemble; and Sweet Harmony.

The Fairfield University choirs, under Maxwell's direction, have presented concerts in churches, schools and recital and concert halls throughout Europe, singing from Galway to Rome and Florence to London. They have performed at Carnegie Hall, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Westminster and Southward Cathedrals in London, and the Aula Paolo VI at the Vatican. This year, the singers will be performing in Philadelphia, New York and several communities in Connecticut.

Maxwell has served as director of choral and liturgical music at Fairfield University since 1980. She is also artistic director and conductor of The Mendelssohn Choir of Connecticut and chorus master of the Yale Opera. She has prepared and conducted choruses for the Prague Radio Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Connecticut Grand Opera and Orchestra, the Fort Worth Symphony, the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, the Springfield Symphony, the Philadelphia Lyric Opera and others.

Tickets for the Quick Center concert are $8, $5 for students. For tickets, call the Quick Center box office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396. For more information, visit the website, www.quickcenter.com.

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

Posted on March 18, 2003

Vol. 35, No. 231