The 24-member Netherlands Chamber Choir, directed by Uwe Gronostay, will perform the second concert of Wake Forest University’s Secrest Artists Series on Friday, Nov. 14.
The concert begins at 8 p.m. in Wait Chapel.
Founded by Felix Nobel, the legendary conductor and pianist, the renowned a cappella choir is celebrating its 60th anniversary. The singers will open the concert with Bach and will conclude with Dutch folk songs arranged by J. Bremer. Anton Bruckner’s “Ave Maria” will also highlight the concert.
Not associated with any opera house or orchestra, the Netherlands Chamber Choir is an independent group supported by the Dutch government. Its mission is to offer a rich and diverse repertoire for a cappella choir that extends from the Middle Ages to the present day.
In addition to it’s a cappella concerts, the choir often appears with orchestras such as the Royal Concertgebouw, the Orchestra of the 18th Century and the Schonberg Ensemble. The group has more than 30 compact discs to its credit, including recordings of Bach, Haydn, Schubert, Liszt and many others. Gronostay is the choir’s principal conductor and artistic director. Contemporary composers Poulenc, Kodaly, Heppener and Andriessen have dedicated works especially to the Netherlands Chamber Choir. The choir performs in many major European cities on a regular basis and has made several visits to Canada, Israel, Japan and the United States.
Tickets for the concert are $17.50 for adults, $12.50 for senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students. They are available in advance from the Wake Forest University Box Office at 910-758-5295 or by calling 758-5757. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.
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