Webster Chamber Singers to Perform at Pulitzer Arts Space Re-opening May 1

| April 6, 2015
Webster University Chamber Singers

Webster University Chamber Singers

Members of the Webster University Chamber Singers are slated to perform at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts exhibit space re-opening on Friday, May 1. The group will sing a new choral work that has been commissioned for the the grand re-opening.

After researching St. Louis area universities, composer David Lang reached out to Trent Patterson, Webster’s director of Choral Studies and Music Education, inviting the Chamber Singers to be among the 70 singers who will perform the new work. It will be heard during the unveiling of “Press Play,” a program that invigorates the experience of Tadao Ando’s architecture and the works of Calder, Tuttle and Sandback through sound.

“It is an honor to have so many members of the Department of Music’s community selected to participate in the re-opening of a nationally-recognized gallery space,” said Jeffrey Carter, chair of the Department of Music in Webster’s Leigh Gerdine College of Fine Arts. “This is a unique musical piece that will give our students and faculty a live experience that may never be duplicated again. It is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”

The members of the live chorus were selected in late February. Rehearsals are set to begin in mid-April, with a final rehearsal with the composer just before the opening of the renovated space.

The May 1 re-opening event is open to the public. For more information, visit pulitzerarts.org.

About the Chamber Singers

The Webster Chamber Singers, led by Patterson, are the flagship choral ensemble at Webster University. The group is comprised of select students who reflect the artistic strength of the choral studies program of the University. Many of the students are music majors, with others representing a variety of majors at Webster.

In the past two years, the Webster Chamber Singers have been recognized on a national scale. Last year, the group was one of only five college choirs selected to perform at the American Choral Directors Association biennial divisional conference. The group also was invited to perform at the Missouri Music Educators Association conference in January of last year. Earlier this year the group released its first recorded album, “Beginnings.”

New Music

The new musical piece by Lang for the Pulitzer Arts event has introduced new experimental territory to the group. The multi-page score was written and composed of crowd-sourced text using auto-populated fields of internet searches.

The score is tonal with no rhythm. Each singer will be given a single line of text with a single note and pitch. Singers will sing at their own speed, breath, and ability in a quiet voice. The score will be performed by approximately 70 singers placed in a single line along the east wall of the Pulitzer’s B gallery. The performance will last about 45 minutes and the composer will direct the work signaling each singer when to begin. The work intends to take advantage of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts space and the way sound reverberates through the area.

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