Move over, 'Glee': Fairfield University singers present holiday concert
Published 4:34 pm, Thursday, December 2, 2010
The Fairfield University Glee Club led by conductor Carole Ann Maxwell will present "Holiday Music Treasures" at the Quick Center for the Arts on Friday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 4, at 2 p.m. in conjunction with the Fairfield University Chamber Singers with Festival Brass and Percussion.
Maxwell has chosen a variety of music from around the world. Beth Palmer accompanies the ensemble. The concert begins with Latin and James Whitbourn's "Missa Carolae" and continues with a traditional Basque piece, "Gabriel's Message" that features Anna Wolk on violin and Catherine Wolk on cello. The African selection "Betelehemu" by Via Olatunji and Wendell Whalum is sung in the native language, Yoruba, with soloist baritone Alex Peras and percussionists Nick Restivo and Bradley Fay and Casey Grambo. The Chamber Singers sing Bach's "Cantata No. 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" in German.
The directors of Sweet Harmony, Elizabeth DeSiena, Caroline McGuirk and Rebecca Mohns, perform "The Bensonians" led by Joseph Quinn. The full Glee Club performs a 1970s holiday collage featuring Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water," Charles Fox and Norman Gimbel's "Killing Me Softly" and Daniel Kantor's "Night of Silence." The evening will end with "Gloria in excelsis" from "Missa Carolae."
Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Tickets are available online at quickcenter.com or by calling the box office at 203-254-4010.