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The Madraliers chamber ensemble, pictured here performing at the annual Yuletide Feaste, will present a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Charles Johnson Theater.

The Madraliers chamber ensemble, pictured here performing at the annual Yuletide Feaste, will present a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Charles Johnson Theater. (Photo by Darren Whitley/University Relations)

Oct. 31, 2013

Madraliers to perform choral concert Nov. 14

The Madraliers, Northwest Missouri State University’s award-winning chamber choir, will present a concert at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Charles Johnson Theater in the Olive DeLuce Fine Arts Building.

The concert is free and open to the public. It also will be streamed live online at http://www.nwmissouri.edu/live/.

The first part of the program will include unaccompanied compositions including works by Viadana, Donato and Collins. A choral version of “Gabriel’s Oboe” by Ennio Morricone, which was composed for the 1986 film “The Mission,” will feature Northwest Symphony Orchestra mentor Jan Kobialka on cello and Dr. Chris Gibson, professor of music, on oboe.

The second part of the concert will feature “Magnificat” by J.S. Bach, accompanied by a full orchestra. Composed in 1723, “Magnificat,” is known as the Song of Mary and takes its origin from the gospel of Luke.

For his setting of the text, Bach divides the work into 11 movements among forces including chorus, soloists and orchestra. The work is a masterpiece of the Baroque style, a joyful and majestic work, with orchestration for string, flutes, oboes, trumpets and organ. The piece is 30 minutes long.

“As part of the choral education at Northwest, I try to explore as many different styles of music as possible,” said Dr. Brian Lanier, Madraliers conductor and associate professor of music. “The opportunity for our students to study and perform a masterpiece such as the ‘Magnificat’ with a professional orchestra is a fantastic experience they will never forget. The students have worked very hard to learn this challenging music and the benefits will be tremendous.”

The Madraliers chamber ensemble is a select choir of 38 undergraduate and graduate students who study and perform a variety of repertoire ranging from music of the Renaissance to contemporary composers. In recent years, the choir has been invited to perform for prestigious choral organizations, including the American Choral Directors Association and the Missouri Music Educators Association. 

A highlight of the Madraliers’ fall season is the annual Yuletide Feaste at Northwest, a celebration of the holidays that features the choir performing in period costumes. The Madraliers will present the 40th Yuletide Feaste Dec. 6-7.

In the spring, the ensemble becomes the Celebration Show Choir, presenting a variety of choreographed numbers, vocal jazz and ballads.

For information about other vocal and instrumental ensembles at Northwest, visit the Department of Fine and Performing Arts' webpage.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
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