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Chamber Singers present Rossini Mass

Chamber Singers present Rossini Mass

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...

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South Bend Chamber Singers unwrap two premieres for ‘Christmas at Loretto’

South Bend Chamber Singers unwrap two premieres for ‘Christmas at Loretto’

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.

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South Bend Chamber Singers observe Holocaust Remembrance Day with concert

South Bend Chamber Singers observe Holocaust Remembrance Day with concert

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.”

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SBSO, Chamber Singers reprise Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’

SBSO, Chamber Singers reprise Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria’

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.

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Choir premieres Muñiz work

Choir premieres Muñiz work

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.

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South Bend Chamber Singers premiere new ‘Ave Maria’

South Bend Chamber Singers premiere new ‘Ave Maria’

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.

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“Singing Up A Storm!” To Feature Weather-Inspired Music

“Singing Up A Storm!” To Feature Weather-Inspired Music

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.

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Chamber Singers keep tradition of new holiday music

Chamber Singers keep tradition of new holiday music

For the first and last songs of Sunday’s “Christmas at Loretto” concert, the South Bend Chamber Singers will encircle the audience, singing from all corners of the richly reverberating Church of Our Lady of Loretto on the campus of Saint Mary’s College. The voices will interweave in the air, picking up the room’s natural sustains and echoes, creating a luxurious sonic experience for lovers of choral music.

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Our Great Lakes premiere of the World War I oratorio "But Who Shall Return Us Our Children? A Kipling Passion" is in less than a month! We are honored and excited to perform this moving piece by composer John Muehleisen. (www.johnmuehleisen.com) ... See MoreSee Less

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In commemoration of the centennial of World War I, we offer for our May 20 concert the oratorio "But Who Shall Return Us Our Children: A Kipling Passion." This haunting piece focuses on the historical account of the tragic death of Lieutenant John “Jack” Kipling during the Battle of Loos and on the impact that his death had on his family, particularly on his parents, Rudyard and Carrie Kipling. The Kiplings’ story represents, by extension, the story of many families during World War I—and for that matter in any war before or since. The story can also be extended to those who have lost loved ones under any tragic circumstances.

The title of the piece is drawn from Rudyard Kipling's poem "The Children", which powerfully expresses the sorrow, rage, and regret he struggled with after the war.
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Our concert will be live streamed! If you can't make it in person, please join us from wherever you are, following this link: youtu.be/ptLbZ9wzKuAThe 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 Audit... ... See MoreSee Less

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