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University Chorale and Orchestra to collaborate again

Groups also seek new members; community musicians encouraged to audition

CHICAGO (Nov. 3, 2004) -- Saint Xavier University’s Chorale and Orchestra will collaborate once again in a performance at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 14, in the Rehearsal/Performance Space (old gymnasium) in the Warde Academic Center on the Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. General admission is $6. Admission for senior citizens and visiting students are $5. All SXU students, faculty and staff are admitted free. Proceeds will go toward music scholarships for Saint Xavier  students.

The University Chorale and Orchestra, directed by Professor Martha Morris, will present a full concert of the music of John Rutter.  Professor Morris, who serves as Saint Xavier’s director of instrumental music and performance, will play a flute solo for Rutter’s “Suite Antique.” Dr. Jan Bickel will serve as guest conductor for the  “Suite Antique.” Bickel will also be featured as the vocal soloist for Rutter’s “Magnificat.”  Dr. Bickel is a professor of music and director of vocal studies at Saint Xavier.  Professor Morris will conduct the University Chorale and Orchestra in its performance of Rutter’s “Magnificat” as well as “Distant Land,” a full orchestral work inspired by the release of Nelson Mandela from prison, which will be given its U.S. premiere at the concert.

Both SXU chorale and orchestra are large ensembles uniting the talents of students, faculty, staff and alumni and community members. The orchestra is in need of additional talented string and brass players, and the chorale always seeks strong male voices, but all voice and instrumentalists are invited to audition. 

The chorale rehearses  4 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays and the orchestra rehearses 4:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesdays. The rehearsals take place in the University Rehearsal/Performance space. 
For information regarding the orchestra, please contact Martha Morris at (773) 298-3420 or morris@sxu.edu. For information regarding the chorale, please contact Dr. Jan Bickel (773) 298-3425 or bickel@sxu.edu.