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Coming December 5 (Spring Green) and December 7 (Plain)
RMF announces the formation of a new choral group for two concert performances in early December. The concerts will feature two contrasting settings of the traditional biblical text of the “Magnificat,” each by a modern composer, one by Alan Hovhaness, the other from Jonathan Willcocks. For chorus members as well as for the audience, the impact of the two Magnificats is both ancient and distinctly modern, fully engaging, relevant and uplifting.
The chorus is open to regional singers without audition. There is no fee for participation in the chorus although members will purchase the Hovhaness score (Available at Arcadia Books, Spring Green).
The chorus begins its rehearsal schedule on October 5. All rehearsals are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Sunday evenings weekly at the Christ Lutheran Church in Spring Green. The concerts are slated for December 5 in Spring Green, December 7 in Plain.
The director for the ensemble is Gregory (Greg) J. Dennis, whose reputation as the director of the Mount Horeb Chorale and of the Platteville Chorale is well-established. These groups have not only performed widely in Wisconsin but have traveled abroad during the past summer. Highly regarded for his extraordinary musicianship, Mr. Dennis recently retired from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville. He directed RMF’s community “Sing Out Messiah” in 2013.
Drawing upon the enthusiasm and commitment of orchestra, soloists and chorus, Dennis will open doors to the beauty of the music and the season with the sensitivity for which he is known.
In describing his hopes for the performances, RMF Artistic Director Kent Mayfield says: “Our goal is to bring these works of extraordinary beauty and seasonal depth to the greater Southwestern Wisconsin community, engaging as many area singers and musicians to participate as possible. My hope is to inspire the wider community to share in a vibrant and unique musical experience.”
For less-experienced singers and performers, the experience of working in the company of trained musicians of acknowledged skill offers the opportunity for skill-building and in-depth musical appreciation. For everyone, even those with extensive experience with choral and orchestral music, the works of Hovhaness and Willcocks promise to be a challenge and opportunity not often available in the area.