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Experience the Festival of World Choral Music at Kean University

UNION, N.J. – The Kean University Concert Choir and Chorale invite the public to attend their campus performances on Sunday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, April 10, at 2:15 p.m. Both concerts are free and will be held at Kean Hall, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J. The combined ensembles will perform an appealing program entitled Festival of World Choral Music, all sung in the original languages.

Sacred repertoire includes the first movement of Stravinsky’s powerful Symphony of Psalms, Rachmaninoff’s sublime Borogoditse Devo, Simple Song from Bernstein’s Mass and Hogan’s stirring arrangement of Wade in the Water. World music selections include Brazilian Muié Rendera and Spanish Cantos Asturianos with their irresistible dance rhythms, and Mandarin Prairie Love Song with flutes.

As the Chorale specializes in repertoire written for smaller ensembles, they will perform a cappella madrigals by Vecchi and Morley as well as several compositions representing vocal jazz and contemporary styles. The eight-piece Kean Guitar Ensemble will also be featured in the lively, 75-minute program.

Featured soloists and quartet singers will be Stephanie Chelston, Carol Cuneo, Kelly Anderson, Tatyana Boyechko, Veronica Khalil, Jessica Clayton, Lauren Baumol, Christine Danelson, Christina Boston, Alicia Dominguez, William Clifford, Feggens Monbrun, Jeffrey Mendoza, Christopher Latham, Phil Castillo and Eric Ubl.

The Kean University Concert Choir and Chorale hail from Union, N.J., and have achieved increasing recognition with passionate and disciplined performances with full orchestra, including Fauré Requiem, op. 48, Vivaldi’s Gloria, as well as movements from Mozart’s Requiem, and Mozart’s Mass in F. On tour, the choirs have performed to acclaim in a number of prestigious venues, including Montréal at Chapelle Historique Du Bon Pasteur (2001), Boston’s Old North Church (1999 and 2003), and John’s Hopkins University in Baltimore where they performed with the Johns Hopkins Choral Society Chamber Singers (2002). The Choir and Chorale have also performed in Washington, D.C. at the churches of President Clinton (2000) and President Bush (2005). Most recently, they were greeted with accolades at historic Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg, Va. (2007).

The weekend following this concert, the choirs will tour New Jersey and Philadelphia, including a performance in Freehold, N.J., and one at Philadelphia Cathedral.