Join current and alumni singers for our kick-off concert celebrating Lehigh Choral Arts 150th anniversary. Trace the beginnings of Lehigh’s strong choral tradition, from a mandolin and barbershop octet in 1869, to one of the premier university choral programs in the nation. Steven Sametz, artistic director; Sun Min Lee, associate director.
Lehigh University faculty, students and professional musicians interpret the compositions and arrangements with special guest jazz trombonist Conrad Herwig. New York-based Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians, atop both the performing and jazz educational fields with an abundance of composer and arranger credits, as well. To date, he has released 20 recordings as a leader, in addition to contributing to nearly 200 other recording sessions with some of the most notable artists in jazz. He has performed and recorded with Miles Davis, Joe Henderson, Eddie Palmieri, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, Joe Lovano and Tom Harrell, among many others. Bill Warfield, director.
Jorgensen and pianist Steve Beck present music from the 20th-century that features a view into the complexities of a changing world. The tragically haunted Shostakovich Violin Sonata is juxtaposed with the Prokofiev’s romantic Five Melodies, Bartok’s folk-flavored Rhapsody No. 1 and Debussy’s fresh-spirited Violin Sonata.
Guest conductor Greg Funfgeld helms an exciting celebratory collaboration between the orchestra and the Bach Choir with world renowned soloists Kendra Colton, Laura Atkinson, Benjamin Butterfield and Dashon Burton for Mozart’s Requiem, as well as his Piano Concerto No. 21 with soloist, Eugene Albulescu.
The two groups perform Jazz selections based on the genres of funk, Latin Jazz, and Hard Bop, all arranged by director Bill Warfield.
Join the 200 singers of Lehigh Choral Arts with symphonic orchestra and worldclass soloists to hear two of the most popular works for choir and orchestra of our timeSteven Sametz, artistic director; Sun Min Lee, associate director. Lehigh University Choral Arts Website