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Four Choirs Concert showcases global music

February  01, 2012

Dr. Michael Zemek

Cantilena Augustana, Wennerberg Men’s Chorus, Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble and the Ascension Singers are the four choirs who will perform together in one concert on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 4 p.m. in Augustana College’s Centennial Hall (3703 7th Ave.).

The concert is free and open to the public. The choirs include:

• Cantelina Augustana, directed by Sonja Hurty, adjunct professor of music, includes female students from all classes and majors who sing for pleasure.

• Wennerberg Men’s Chorus, directed by Howard Eckdahl, fellowship instructor of music, consists of male students who sing for enjoyment and have an enhanced appreciation of choral music.

• Jenny Lind Vocal Ensemble, directed by Dr. Michael Zemek, assistant professor of music, is a select ensemble for women who want to develop advanced choral skills.

• Dr. Zemek also directs the Ascension Singers, a group made up of singers from both Cantelina Augustana and Wennerberg’s Men Chorus.

According to Dr. Zemek, the Four Choirs Concert is an opportunity for students to share what they have been studying and preparing throughout the term with their families and the community.

“At the upcoming concert, a wide variety of styles and time periods of choral music will be shared, including global world music,” said Dr. Zemek. “It’s this variety of music and the inclusion of different types of choirs that make the Four Choirs Concerts unique and enjoyable to attend.”

Of special significance is the solo performance of two student-winners of Augustana’s annual Webster Vocal Competition. Katherine Boardman, a sophomore from Madison, Wis., and Colleen Bartimoccia, a senior from Rockford, Ill., will each sing opera arias by W.A. Mozart in recognition of their achievement.

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