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Master Chorale to Perform Fall Concert in Patron of the Arts Series

BROWNSVILLE, TEXASNov. 6, 2013The University of Texas at Brownsville Master Chorale will present its annual fall concert, part of the Patron of the Arts series, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10 at the Texas Southmost College Arts Center.
 
This will be the first Master Chorale concert under the direction of Carol Sachs, Interim Chorale Director, who follows Dianne Brumley, the founding director of the Master Chorale. Upon her retirement in April of this year, Brumley was named Professor Emeritus.
 
“It has been very rewarding to work with the students in this capacity,” said Sachs. “They are extremely talented and have a desire to share their love of singing with others; I have no doubt that their dedication to music will be evident in their performance this Sunday.”
 
Sean Moran will also be taking the stage for the first time with the Master Chorale. A 2013 graduate of Brownsville’s Lopez High School, Moran is a freshman music education major looking forward to his debut university performance. Not only is Moran in the Master Chorale, he is one of 17 vocalists selected by audition to create a specialty group, the new University Chamber Singers.
 
Interim Director Carol Sachs works with the Master Chorale during rehearsal.Interim Director Carol Sachs works with the Master Chorale during rehearsal.
“Being in the Master Chorale is an honor, and to be selected for the chamber group is amazing,” Moran said. “Honestly, this is a big time commitment, certainly much more than in high school; but I am determined to do my best and juggle rehearsals with my classes and responsibilities at home with my four younger brothers.”
 
The Master Chorale is currently open to any student who is willing to put in the many hours that it requires.
 
Sachs said it was the desire of the music department to make the chorale accessible to all vocal music majors, as well as any student who has a desire to share their love of music and singing.
 
Another music education major, Samantha Lucio, is approaching the upcoming concert with a perspective different from Moran’s. Lucio, a 2010 graduate of Harlingen High School, is an “old-timer” starting her fourth year with the Chorale. Having known Brumley as her only director, Lucio said she looks at the change in a positive light.
 
“Every director is different, and as students, we will take away our directors’ examples,” Lucio said. “It is good to experience new perspectives and different ways of learning. Everything we learn now will be helpful when the day comes that we are in the classroom as music teachers.”
 
Lucio, like Moran, said being in the Master Chorale is a labor of love, having to balance her classes with rehearsals and working at Walmart, where she has been employed since high school.
 
“The Master Chorale is excellent training, and music is my passion, so I make it all work,” Lucio said. “We are planning on giving the audience a wonderful afternoon of music, and with the wide variety of selections, there will surely be something for everyone.”
 
The program begins with Mozart’s Regina coeli, KV 108 from the Classical period, followed by Schumann’s Romanzen und Balladen Op. 145 and Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine Op. 11 from the Romantic period.
 
Forty-five students comprise the UTB Master Chorale, shown rehearsing for Sunday’s concert.Forty-five students comprise the UTB Master Chorale, shown rehearsing for Sunday’s concert.
After intermission, the program continues with the University Chamber Singers performing two Renaissance pieces: di Lasso’s O Bella Fusa and an acapella version of the same composer’s Two Chansons from Les Meslanges.
 
The full chorale continues with Frostiana, a seven-part Contemporary American composition by Randall Thompson. Thompson wrote the music to lyrics taken from some of Robert Frost’s poems, among them The Road Not Taken and Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening. Some selections will be sung by women, some men, and some by the entire group
 
“‘The Road Not Taken’ is my favorite song of the performance,” Lucio said. “I've always loved the poem by Robert Frost, so setting it to music made it even more beautiful.”
Concluding the program is the performance of a Jodler, a traditional Austrian folksong that has been transcribed by Christoph Glatter-Götz, the father of international business graduate student Michael Glatter-Götz, who will be singing with the Master Chorale on Sunday.
 
Tickets for the concert are $5 general admission for non-Patron members. The Rio Bravo Wind Ensemble will perform at 7:30 that evening, Sunday, Nov. 10 in the same venue. Ticket prices for that performance are also $5 general admission for non-Patron members. For more information, visit utb.edu/patron.
 

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