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Chamber Choir and Collegium Musicum Novum Perform "America Quaint and Curious"

The chamber choir and collegium musicum novum will perform a concert on Tuesday, Mar. 26, from 7:30 p.m. Titled "America Quaint and Curious," the concert will take place at the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, Malibu.

Ryan Board, director of choral activities, and N. Lincoln Hanks, associate professor of music, will direct the performing groups.

The program features uniquely American music complementing and responding to the Weisman Art Museum's current exhibition, "Illustrating Modern Life: The Golden Age of American Illustration from the Kelly Collection." Composers represented in this concert of instrumental and vocal chamber music are those with very distinctive American 20th century voices: Charles Ives (1874-1954), Amy Beach (1867-1944), Samuel Barber (1910-1981), Ned Rorem (b. 1923), and Stephen Paulus (b. 1949). About the performance, Hanks explains, "It will be a wonderful evening of music in the midst of this beautiful collection of original paintings created by legends of illustrative art from the 1890s to the 1930s."

The chamber choir was created for the purpose of preparing a variety of challenging music for the smaller ensemble. Students are encouraged to develop the technical science of music and vocal production together, advance the science of transforming the composer's intentions into an inspiring art form, and engage the University's mission by sharing the gift of music as a Christian service to society.

Meanwhile, the Collegium Musicum has served Pepperdine and the general community as a highly selective, artistic and educational ensemble of singers and instrumentalists. This diverse group of student musicians has performed music from the outermost edges of the concert repertoire, playing early music from Dunstable to Mozart, as well as works of 20th century and contemporary masters from Messiaen to Pärt.  Calling Stauffer Chapel its home, the Collegium has also performed internationally, performing Henrich Schütz's profound Die Sieben Worte Jesu Christiam dem Kreuz in Heidelberg's Providenz Kirche.

For more information, contact the Center for the Arts at (310) 506-4522 or visit the Center for the Arts Web site.