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The William Ferris Chorale performs March 5

CHICAGO (Feb. 24, 2005) – The music department at Saint Xavier University is sponsoring a concert by The William Ferris Chorale at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 5 in McGuire Hall of the Warde Academic Center on Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. The Chorale features 29 members, including Ruth Hansen, associate director of fundraising and government relations at Saint Xavier University and Doug Walczak ’92. The singers will perform “A Day at the Zoo: Music Inspired by Animals,” conducted by Paul Nicholson.

The central piece of the program will be Gian Carlo Menotti’s madrigal fable, “The Unicorn, the Gorgon, and the Manticore,” which originally premiered in 1956 in the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress.

The concert will also include songs with animals as the subject by Josquin Des Pres, Orlando Gibbons and Gioacchino Rossini, as well Banchieri’s Italian madrigal with the theme of animals improvising counterpoint. 

Michael Teolis’ arrangement of “The Teddy Bear’s Picnic” will debut at the event.

The William Ferris Chorale, of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, celebrates its 33rd anniversary this season. With a mission to garner exposure and appreciation for 20th century choral music, it was founded by conductor and composer William Ferris and tenor and current artistic and executive director, John Vorrasi.

The Chorale has not only performed throughout the Chicagoland area, but has also been heard on the BBC, NPR and WFMT.  In addition, Ferris was a recipient of the Shield of Saint Xavier in 1997, the University’s highest honor.

General admission is $20 and $10 for seniors, students and those with a Saint Xavier ID. For more information, please call (773) 298-3000.

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