“This program includes songs about people’s relationships with each other as well as with the divine,” said Brusubardis. “We will offer songs of praise, love, victory, people, life, comfort, and community. All of this will be experienced through various musical styles and texts in many languages, not to mention different cultural perspectives.”
Single concert tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for seniors/students, $4 children 11 and under. Season ticket packages, with savings of up to twenty percent over regular prices, are available through October 15, 2011. Tickets are available from Waukesha Choral Union members, at all Waukesha State Bank locations, online at http://www.ChoralUnion.org, by phone at 414-297-9310, and at the door.
Pieces to be performed include "Psalm," by Frode Fjellheim, based upon the yoik style of the Sami people. Valters Kaminskis’ "Bēdu manu, lielu bēdu" that encourages leaving troubles behind regardless of how bad things might be. In the Shona tradition, "Vamudara," arranged by Dumisani Maraire, respectfully admonishes change in behavior to those who are wasting their life away. The choirs will combine to sing "Past Life Melodies" by Sarah Hopkins, which mimics aboriginal singing techniques, and "Hope for Resolution" by Paul Caldwell and Sean Ivory, which melds an anti-apartheid song from South Africa with a European chant melody.
This 48 voice Hartford Union High School Concert Choir is the most advanced of four curricular choirs at the school. Comprised of auditioned sophomores, juniors, and seniors, the Concert Choir presents five to seven major concerts per year with director Ernest Brusubardis, III. One of the largest geographical school districts in the state, Hartford Union High School has 16 feeder school districts and serves seven rural communities. The HUHS Concert Choir takes a major performance tour to New York City every three years, and has been honored with performances at the Wisconsin Music Educators Association State Convention in 2006 and 2001, and the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association State Convention in 2010 and 2003. The group represented Wisconsin at the Festival of States in Washington D.C. honoring Abraham Lincoln in April of 2009.
Three additional concerts comprise the Waukesha Choral Union 2011-2012 season, “Heaven and Nature Sing,” dedicated to music that explores the human spirit with all of its vitality and diversity:
• December 9 and 11, 2011, “A Collage of Carols.
• March 25, 2012, a 30-plus year tradition continues as WCU presents a free concert of Handel’s "Messiah,” including full orchestra and soloists.
• May 5, 2012, “Awakening and Renewal.”
“A COLLAGE OF CAROLS”
Friday, December 9, 2011 8:00 p.m. St. Luke’s Church, Waukesha
Sunday, December 11, 2011 3:00 p.m. St. Catherine’s Church, Oconomowoc
Traditional carols from around the world, as well as a few of the more popular songs that have become American standards, will fill St. Luke’s in Waukesha on Friday, December 9th. The audience will be invited to raise their voices on their favorite Christmas songs in a sing-along. This concert will also be presented on Sunday, December 11th at St. Catherine’s in Oconomowoc.
“A GIFT TO THE COMMUNITY: HANDEL’S ‘MESSIAH’”
Sunday, March 25, 2012 3:00 p.m. Shattuck Auditorium, Carroll University, Waukesha
Waukesha Choral Union’s “Messiah” is a one-of-a-kind event in Waukesha. This FREE performance is made possible by area businesses and private donors. Experience Handel’s masterwork with orchestra and soloists in Shattuck auditorium’s wonderful acoustics. Community members who attend three rehearsals will be welcome to sing “Messiah.”
“AWAKENING AND RENEWAL”
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 7:00 p.m.
St. William Parish, Waukesha
This concert will present refreshing songs about spring, rejoicing, love, “Awakening and Renewal.” The earth will speak, the moon will gaze down from above, filling the audience with the wonder of living, encouraged and ready to embrace life.
The Waukesha Choral Union has been musically active in the community for over 60 years. Originally a combination of the Carroll College student chorus and community singers named Waukesha Choral Society in 1949, the group became the Town and Gown in 1961 and the Waukesha Choral Union in 1974, taking its present form as an auditioned choir in 1978. For more information visit http://www.choralunion.org.
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The Waukesha Choral Union, an auditioned community choir, continues a long tradition of collaborating with other musicians and groups, putting together pieces of the very colorful and diverse arts community in which we live for over 60 years.