In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The internationally acclaimed University of Utah Singers recently returned from a triumphant concert tour of France and Spain where they were the Winners of the European Grand Prix International Choir Competition in Tolosa, Spain! The invitation to compete in this prestigious contest of the best international choirs came as a result of winning the Grand Prize at the 2005 Florilege Vocal de Tours International Choir Competition in Tours, France where they also won five additional prizes: First Prize in the Free Program, Second Prize in the Mixed Choircategory, the Ronsard Prize for the best performance of a Renaissance piece based on a poem by Ronsard, the prize A Coeur Joie Internationalfor the best French diction during the competition, and the prize OEuvre de Creation for the best newly composed work in the competition (William Hawley's Flos ut rosa Floruit). They have also been featured on French National Television at the Nancy International Choir Festival in Nancy, France and in concerts throughout Spain, France, Germany, and The Netherlands. They will return to Europe in 2007 as celebrities to perform at the 12th International Choir Festival en Provence, the Festival des Choeurs Laureats; and the 19th Festival "Choralies de Vaison-la-Romaine", France.
The University of Utah Singers have been featured at the Inauguration Ceremony for Governor Olene Walker, the 2004 Opening Session of the Utah State Senate, and were selected by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition to premiere Judith Bingham's Ghost Towns of the American West in 2007 as part of an international performing consortium of choirs which includes Vocal Essence (Philip Brunelle, conductor) and the BBC Singers (Stephen Cleobury, conductor). They have collaborated with the 23rd Army Band, the Utah Philharmonia, the Salt Lake Choral Artists, the University of Utah Wind Ensemble, A Cappella Choir and Women's Choir, and with the BYU Singers and Concert Choir. The Singers are regularly featured in concerts at Libby Gardner Concert Hall and have performed in the Salt Lake Tabernacle, the Assembly Hall on Temple Square, and the Cathedral of the Madeleine. They have recently performed at the Western Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association and the National Convention of the Music Educators National Conference.
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Review: Dr. Brady R. Allred, winner of the coveted Conductor's Prize, conducts the Univ. of Utah Singers, about 45 mixed voices first organized in 2003. Known around the world for "exquisite choral singing," the group has won top honors in major festivals, such as Grand Prizes at the Florilege Vocal de Tours International Choir Competition and the European Grand Prix International Choir Competition. They have also won awards for performances of their commissioned pieces. "Alleluia" has 21 selections, with familiar songs like the traditional "Peace Like a River," "My Song in the Night," Paul Manz' "E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come," and the traditional tunes "How Can I Keep From Singing" and "Jesus, Once of Humble Birth." Less familiar, but equally lovely, are a pair by Rene Clausen, "Set Me as a Seal" and "All Ye That Hath Life and Breath Praise The Lord;" a pair by Bob Chilcott, "The Singing Heart" and "God So Loved The World;" Daniel Gawthrop's "Sing A Mighty Song," Allen Pote's "Prayer of St. Francis," and a pair by Stephen Paulus, "The Road Home" and "Peace Like A River." The Singers have a rich, angelic sound, and the often difficult material is performed with effortless grace and beauty!
Songlist: The Singing Heart, Sing a Mighty Song, Set Me as a Seal, Prayer of St. Francis, My Song in the Night, Laudate Nomen, The Eyes of All Hope in Thee, Jesus, Once of Humble Birth, God So Loved the World, E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Behold, This Is The Way, Glory to God in the Highest, The Lord's Prayer, Alleluia, Not One Sparrow is Forgotten, All That Hath Life and Vreath Praise Ye the Lord!, The Is and Old Belief, How Can I Keep From Singing, The Road Home, Pilgrim's Hymn, Peace Like a River
Review: This CD represents a compilation of repertoire from the Singers' 2007 European Tour, including "La Rose Complete" and "Dirait-on" by Morten Lauridsen, "When Daivid Heard" by Eric Whitacre, "Elijah Rock" by Moses Hogan, "Where is Love" arr. by Gene Puerling, "How Can I Keep from Singing?" in both English and French, arr. by Ronald Staheli, as well as Europe folk songs such as "Sing a Song of Sixpence" arr. by John Rutter.
Songlist: How Can I Keep From Singing?, The Eyes of All Hope in Thee, Rejoice in the Lord, La Rose Complete, Dirait-on, When David Heard, Elijah Rock, He's Got the Whole World in His Hands, I'm Gonna Sing, Rocky Top, Amazing Grace, Down in the Valley, Old Dan Tucker, Where is Love, Shout Glory, Sing a Song of Sixpence, Alouette, Comment ne pas Chanter?
Review: "Carol of Joy," is the University of Utah Singers' third Christmas album, recorded in Libby Gardner Concert Hall and featuring the Singers from both the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons. Including arrangements of traditional carols, such as "Silent Night," "Go Tell It on the Mountain," and "We Need a Little Christmas" and pieces by familiar composers Natalie Sleeth and John Rutter, the music will warm your heart and fill your home with the spirit of the holiday.
Songlist: Here We Come A-Caroling, Ding Dong Merrily on High, Were You There on That Christmas Night?, Hallelu, El Rorro (The Babe), Wihnachten, Sing We Now of Christmas, Room in the Inn, Baby, What You Goin' to Be?, The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy , Love Came Down at Christmas, Mary's Lullaby, What Sweeter Music Can We Bring?, In Silent Night, Lo, How a Rose E'er Blooming, 'Round the Glory Manger, Go Tell It on the Mountain , Silent Night, Jingle Bells , Cowboy Carol , The Secret of Christmas, We Need a Little Christmas, from "Mame", Carol of Joy
Review: Featuring repertoire from the Singers' 2007-2008 season, "The Cloths of Heaven" is the choir's ninth release. The CD includes Anton Bruckner's classic motet "Os justi meditabitur sapientiam," Eric Whitacre's beautiful "Five Hebrew Love Songs," and the world premiere of William Hawley's "The Cloths of Heaven," which was commissioned by the choir. Choral music fans will also find spirituals, gospel music, and sacred and secular music from all over the world.
Songlist: All That Hath Life and Breath, Praise Ye the Lord!, Set Me as a Seal, The Cloths of Heaven, The Uncertainty of the Poet, Io Son La Primavera, Harvester's Song, Os justi meditabiture sapientiam, I Saw a Stranger Yeste'en, Eli, Eli!, God So Loved the World, Vamuvamba, Clementine, Dan-u-el, La nit en mer, La complainte des ames, Soir d'ete, Temuna, Kala kalla, Larov, Eyze sheleg!, Rakut, Jubilate Deo, Ave Verum Corpus, Witness, Soon and Very Soon, Hallelujah!
Review: This recording marks a triumphant second year for the Singers and their victorious European Tour. Recorded May 2005 in Munich, Germany, it contains most of the a cappella repertoire they performed on their tour, including Sacred American Anthems, European Motets, Marian Anthems, Commentaries on Love, Musica Latinoamericana, American Folk Music, Spirituals, and more.
Songlist: A Jubilant Song, Effortlessly Love Flows, Pilgrims' Hymn, E'en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come, Rytmus, Ubi Caritas, A Hymn to the Mother of God, Flos ut Rosa Floruit, Ave Maris Setlla, Psalm 117: O Praise the Lord, All Ye Nations, Exsultate Justi, Psalm 96, Odi et amo, Go, Lovely Rose, Bonjour mom Coeur, Dieu! qu'il la fait bon regarder!, Mata Del Anima Sola, Te Quiero, Muie Rndera, El Guayaboso, Water Night, Mayila, Fengyang Song, Camptown Races, My Soul's Been Anchored in the Lord, Hush! Somebody's Callin' My Name, The Battle of Jericho
Review: This CD of Christmas music, recorded Fall 2004 in Libby Gardner Concert Hall, features eleven carols by composers and arrangers from Utah. Enjoy arrangements of such perennial favorites as "Angels We Have Heard on High", "Deck the Halls", "Carol of the Bells", "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas", "O Holy Night", "Hark", and "Silent Night", and bask in the holiday spirit conveyed by original carols such as "Christmas Morn", "Night of All Nights", "Jesus the Savior is Born" and "Star of Bethlehem". A must for every Christmas season!
Songlist: Angels, We Have Heard on High, Away in a Manger, Caroling, Caroling, Carol of the Bells, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Deck the Halls (in 7/8), As It Fell Upon Night, Night of All Nights, Christmas Morn, Jesus the Savior is Born, What Child is This? (Greensleeves), Gesu Bambino, Carol (Neighbors, on This Frosty Tide), The Angels and the Shepherds, What Sweeter Music, Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day, Shine for Me Again: Star of Bethlehem, Do You Hear What I Heard, Still, Still, Still, Lullaby, Silent Night, Hark! (in 7/8), Christmas Bells
Review: Inspired by the popularity of the Singers' first Christmas album, "Christmas Morn", this new CD is filled with original arrangements of traditional holiday favorites sure to kindle fond remembrances of Christmases past, bring deeper meaning to Christmases present, and encourage a brighter hope for Christmases yet to come. Recorded Fall 2005 and 2006 in Libby Gardner Concert Hall.
Songlist: Christmas Comes Anew, Infant Holy, The Holy and the Ivy, While All Things Were in Quiet Silence, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Tomorrow Shall be My Dancing Day, Jesus Once of Humble Birth, I Saw Three Ships, What Child is This?, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlmen, Oh, Come, Oh, Come, Emmanuel, Where Shepherds Lately Knelt, Ding Dong! Merrily on High, In the Bleak Midwinter, A Savior from on High, What Child?, Gabriel's Message, Wishes and Candles, The First Noel, This Christmastide
Review: Recorded in the Fall 2005, this CD features a delightful selection of songs from some of America's rich music traditions. Enjoy American Love Songs, variations on American folk songs, Songs of the Slaves, African American Spirituals and Gospel Music, songs from American Dance Halls and the Wild West, selections from the songbook of Stephen Foster and other Memories of Home.
Songlist: Oh! Susanna, Swanee River, Nelly Bly, My Old Kentucky Home, Skip to My Lou, Bile them Cabbage Down, Shenandoah, Dixie, Home on the Range, She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain, The Water is Wide, Clementine, Soon Ah Will Be Done Wi' De Troubles of Dis Worl', Ain't Got Time to Die, Buffalo Gals, Great American Cowboy, The Sheepherder's Lament, You Can't Get a Man with a Gun, My God Is an Awesome God, I Am His Child, He Never Failed Me Yet
Review: This premiere recording documents the University of Utah Singers debut year and was recorded in Libby Gardner Concert Hall and the Assembly Hall at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah. A celebration of praise, this album contains a variety of hymns, anthems and folk music from many religious and cultural traditions. Features choral music of Eric Whitacre, Gerald Finzi, Daniel Gawthrop, Rene Clausen, Moses Hogan, and more.
Songlist: My Spirit Sang All Day, The Waking, Pseudo-Yoik, Sing a Mighty Song, Prayer of St. Francis, A Prayer of the Middle Ages, Avinu Malkeinu, Mundi Renovatio, I Thank You God for Most this Amazing Day, Leonardo Dreams of His Flying Machine, Cloudburst, Tonight Eternity Alone, My Song in the Night, Epitaph for Moonlight, Home on the Range, Soldier, Soldier Won't You Marry Me, Peace Like a River, How Can I Keep from Singing, I Can Tell the World
Review: The Singers proudly present their first 2-disc set! Disc 1 features music from the University of Utah Singers triumphant 2006 European Concert Tour, during which they won the European Grand Prix for Choral Singing in Tolosa, Spain! Reminisce with "I Have Had Singing", "Daemon Irrepit Callidus", "A Boy and a Girl", "Cloudburst" and "Ah, El Novio". Disc 2 offers an engaging program of your favorites from the 2006-2007 season, including Selections from "Into the Woods", "One of Those Moments", "Prayer of St. Francis", "J'entends le Moulin", "Stars I Shall Find", "Conversion of Saul", "How Can I Keep From Singing" and "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?" Packed with a delightful variety of music, this album has something everyone will love!
Songlist: My Spirit Sang All Day, I Have Had Singing, Pleasure Enough, Verbum Caro Factum Est, Kyrie Eleison, Heilig, Psalm 100, Antiphon for God the Father, If Music be the Food of Love, Sing me to Heaven, A Boy and a Girl, The Lark, Spring Song, Court Song, Soldier's Song, Ave Maria, The Lamb, Daemon Irrepit Callidus, Cloudburst, Ode on Intimations of Immortality, Not One Sparrow is Forgotten, The Lord's Prayer, O Nata Lux, Psaml 96, El Hambo, Ah, El Novio No Quere Dinero!, Disco Two, This is One of Those Moments, Praise the Name of God with a Song, A Jubilant Song, Prayer of St. Francis, If Music be the Food of Love, J'entends le Moulin , Dirait-on, from Les Chansons des Roses, Dryads' Bells, Jabberwocky, Miniwanka (the Moments of Water), The Conversion of Saul, Stars I Shall Find, Cindy, Ghost Riders in the Sky, Selections from Into the Woods, How Can I Keep from Singing, Let Me Fly, Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel?