A Pair of Concerts Feature Bi-College Voices

Posted December 3rd, 2009 at 2:38 pm.

Chamber Choir Lyric Fest 1a-1In the coming week, two concerts at Haverford College will offer performances by Bryn Mawr and Haverford singers and musicians.

On Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m., the 130-voice Haverford-Bryn Mawr Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, under the direction of Thomas Lloyd, will perform a program titled “Grand Opera Choruses.” The concert will be held in Roberts Hall, Marshall Auditorium.

Billed as “Tunes you’ve known your entire life without knowing where they came from,” the show includes works from Carmen, Boris Godunov, I Pagliacci, Cavelleria Rusticana, Prince Igor, Nabucco, Falstaff, Manon, and Don Pasquale. Allison Keefe ’11 will take a star turn as the soloist on the Habanera from Carmen.

On Thursday, December 10 at 8 p.m., Lloyd will direct the Chamber Singers of Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges in their annual holiday concert, featuring the Philadelphia-area premier of David Lang’s “The Little Match Girl Passion” along with their traditional sing-along carols. This event will be held in Founders Great Hall on the Haverford College campus.

“The Little Match Girl Passion” is set on Hans Christian Andersen’s story “The Little Match Girl” in the format of Bach’s “Saint Matthew Passion,” and is the recipient of a 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Lang’s overarching theme is the story of a poor child who is released from her suffering through the power of her imagination. Movements alternate between recitation of the match-girl story with movements paraphrasing the text of Bach solo arias and chorales, where the singers respond to the story.

Both concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, call (610) 896-1011 or e-mail nmerriam@haverford.edu.

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