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By Becky Malewitz South Bend Tribune May 17, 2018 Inspired by a Pietá-like painting of a mother in an Iraq desert holding her deceased soldier son, composer John Muehleisen set out to write a choral piece that captured wartime loss by searching for a...
SOUTH BEND — The South Bend Chamber Singers present Italian opera composer Gioachino Antonio Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle at 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the O’Laughlin Auditorium at Saint Mary’s College. Rossini, who had retired from composing...
When Nancy Menk commissions a new work for the South Bend Chamber Singers, she allows the composer to select the text, subject to her approval.
So it was a happy coincidence when William Averitt said he wanted to use the poetry of Robert Bode for “Lullaby Beneath the Storm,” one of two world premieres on the program for the Chamber Singers’ annual “Christmas at Loretto” concert Sunday at the Church of Our Lady of Loretto on the campus of Saint Mary’s College.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - This weekend, the South Bend Chamber Singers plan to illustrate the tragic story of Anne Frank, a victim of the Holocaust. Dr. Nancy Menk, the conductor of the South Bend Chamber Singers, and soloist Elizabeth Schleicher, joined us on 16...
Each April, the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley observes Holocaust Remembrance Day — Yom HaShoah in Hebrew.
But this year will be different.
Along with Temple Beth-El, the Jewish Federation is sponsoring the South Bend Chamber Singers’ concert Sunday at the temple, where the main piece is British composer James Whitbourn’s “Annelies,” a choral setting of Anne Frank’s “The Diary of a Young Girl.”
Twenty-five years ago this fall, the South Bend Chamber Singers and South Bend Symphony Orchestra performed Vivaldi’s “Gloria” together. Since then, the SBSO’s Maestro Tsung Yeh retired in May, and only three musicians remain in the orchestra from that 1991 program: violinist Nic Orbovich, bass player Edward W. Randles and flautist Korin Schilling.
Although most of the South Bend Chamber Singers’ concerts are of a serious nature, the ensemble will soon take some time to monkey around.
Seriously, their next concert is going to the dogs.
Titled “New Beginnings: A Mother’s Journey,” the concert features the world premiere of composer Jorge Muñiz’s Stabat Mater Speciosa.
An associate professor of music at Indiana University South Bend, he wrote the Stabat Mater for and has dedicated it to Mishawaka’s Hannah’s House, an organization that provides a safe home, emotional support and programming to assist pregnant women of all ages.
Every summer, Nancy Menk spends innumerable hours poring over score after score of Christmas-season choral music manuscripts.
Menk is the conductor and musical director of the South Bend Chamber Singers, and the holidays are a particularly significant time for the ensemble. The works she chooses — often from innovative contemporary composers — tend to be quite complicated, so she has to get started early.
February 15, 2013 (South Bend, Ind.)—The South Bend Chamber Singers are proud to bring Singing Up a Storm! to the South Bend Christian Reformed Church, 1855 N. Hickory Road, at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 3. The Euclid String Quartet and the Chamber Children’s Choir will join the Chamber Singers in a concert filled with meteorological music, or music about the weather. WNDU weather forecaster Gary Sieber will act as narrator for the event.