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Willamette University Musicians Perform with Bush Elementary Children

The Willamette University music department will present its Spring Choral Concert Sunday, April 22, at 7 p.m. in Hudson Hall at Willamette University. The free concert will feature Male Ensemble Willamette, Voce Femminile, the Willamette University Chamber Choir and guest ensemble La Marimbanda from Bush Elementary School.

Male Ensemble Willamette, under the direction of Paul Klemme, will perform its signature piece, "Brothers, Sing On," followed by a barbershop tune entitled "Love Letters," and a jazz arrangement of "The Girl from Ipanema." Student conductor Reece Sauvé will direct a performance of the first two movements of "Missa cum Jubilo," by Maurice Duruflé and the group will close with The Nylons' tune "Happy Together."

Voce Femminile, under the direction of Christine Welch Elder, will present literature from classics to contemporary masterpieces. Featured will be Schubert's monumental "Song of the Spirit Over the Waters," as well as "Dawn" from Sea Visions. They will highlight their feline prowess with the playful "Duet for Two Cats" by Rossini, and close with the perennial favorite "How Can I Keep from Singing?"

The Willamette Choral Department, under the direction Wallace Long, welcomes La Marimbanda, the acclaimed Bush Elementary marimba ensemble directed by Martin Sobelman. They will perform "Clavé and "Abandon" by Walt Hampton, and "Steel Drum" by Martin Sobelman. La Marimbanda will also combine with the Willamette University Chamber Choir to perform an arrangement of "Siyahamba," by Stephan Barnicle.

The Willamette University Chamber Choir will then feature the culminating performances of three senior projects: Michelle Mendoza will conduct Hildor Lundvik's "Early Spring" from Nocturnes; Stevie Greenwell will conduct Wilhelm Stenhammar's "Garden of Seraglio" from Three Choral Ballads; and Morgana Williams will conduct Veljo Tormis' "Forced to Get Married." The choir will also perform Donald Patriquin's arrangement of the French-Canadian folk song "I Hear the Millwheel," featuring a rousing piano performance by student Debbie Southorn. The choir will close with its signature piece, "Nunc Dimittis," as a send-off to graduating seniors.

For information call Diane at (503) 370-6255.

04-16-2007