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Rockefeller Chapel Choir

 Rockefeller Chapel Choir

Mixed Choral Chorus from Chicago, IL, United States.

Singing sacred masterworks of all periods and styles, this choir of 30-40 voices performs at Sunday morning services in the magnificent acoustics of Rockefeller Memorial Chapel. Firmly rooted in the tradition of Palestrina, Victoria, Bach, and Mozart, the choir also performs music of Africa and South America, modern and forgotten treasures, and even liturgical chant from Hildegard to Anglican. With an infinity to the great academic cathedrals of Europe, the choir strives to provide professional level performances, with a University of Chicago flair for innovation and recreation. The choir also presents three additional concerts per season, such as performances of Bach's St. John Passion with period instruments and world premieres of new music. From within the group, the Decani (formerly the Rockefeller Sixteen) sings 2-3 Sundays each quarter, concentrating on music written before 1700. Thanks to a generous grant from the University of Chicago Women's Board the Rockefeller Chapel Choir will be awarding four $4,000 scholarships to outstanding undergraduate singers of all faith and cultural backgrounds. Membership in the Rockefeller Chapel Choir includes several active professional singers from the Chicago area as well as rigorously auditioned students, faculty, and community.

Vocal auditions are held during Orientation Week at the beginning of autumn quarter. Visit the Music Department's auditions page for more information, or contact James Kallembach.


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Rockefeller Chapel Choir : 20th Century German Sacred Music : 00  1 CD : Randi Von Ellefson : Distler, HugoDavid, Johann : 115

Rockefeller Chapel Choir : 20th Century German Sacred Music

Review: German church music goes back to Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation. Luther's love of music has influenced German composers for centuries. In the 20th century, this was no exception. The composers chosen for this recording all use Luther's chorale melodies, though with newer harmonies which lend themselves to fresher musical and textual expression. This recording includes motets by Hugo Distler and Johann Nepomuk David. All of the works are beautifully sung by the Rockefeller Chapel Choir.

Songlist: Pater Noster, Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (Opus 12. No. 1), O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf (Opus 21, Pt. 2, No. 3), Lo! How a E'er Blooming (from the Christmas Story), Es ist das Heil uns Kommen her (Opus 6, Pt. 2, No. 2), Furwahr, er trug unsere Krankheit (Opus 12, No. 9), Deutsche Messe:, Das Kyrie, Das Credo, Das Agnus Dei, Das Gloria, Das Sanctus, Victimae paschali Laudes (Opus 35, No. 1), Nun bitten wir den heiligen Geist, Veni Creator Spiritus

7173c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella German Choral Music

Rockefeller Chapel Choir : Lamentations & Exultation : 00  1 CD : Randi Von Ellefson :  : 139

Rockefeller Chapel Choir : Lamentations & Exultation

Review: The two extremes in sacred music are lamenting and praising. In their take on the subjects, the Rockefeller Chapel Choir, led by Randi Von Ellefson, chose pieces from the Renaissance and the 20th century. There are several settings of the Lamentations of Jeremiah including that of Palestrina and di Lasso. There is a lovely Easter Anthem by William Billings as well as beautiful psalm settings by Stanley Hoffman. On this CD the choir alternates lamentation with exultation. Daniel Pinkham's striking "Here Repose, O Broken Body" provides quiet and thoughtful ending to an emotionally varied recording.

Songlist: The Eyes of All Wait Upon Thee, De Lamentatione Jeremiae Prophitae, Sabbato Sancto, Lectio I , Christus Factus Est , Lamentation Secunda Tertii Diei (Elegia Quarta, 1-7), Easter Anthem , David Mourns for Absalom , Psalm 23 , Psalm 121 , Give Thanks Unto the Lord, Lamentations, Passion Music , Here Repose, O Broken Body

7172c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Primarily a cappella

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