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About The Chorale

 

The Chorale is the official concert choir of the University of Notre Dame. A mixed ensemble of 60+ voices specializing in choral works from the Renaissance to the present, it performs on campus a fall and spring concert in the Leighton Concert Hall of the Marie P. DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts in November and April. In addition, the Chorale performs Handel's Messiah with Chamber Orchestra in the Leighton Concert Hall in early December.

Rehearsals are on Monday and Wednesday evenings, 6:45 - 8:30 pm. This year’s Fall Concert will be on Friday, November 8. The Chorale’s Messiah performances will be on December 6 and 7. Winter Tour will begin on January 4, returning to campus January 12, two days before the classes begin for the spring semester. On April 5, the Chorale will perform the Poulenc Gloria with the South Bend Symphony Orchestra in the Morris Performing Arts Center in downtown South Bend. The Chorale’s Spring Concert will be on Sunday afternoon, April 13, at 2:00 p.m.


Each year’s events include, besides the concerts on campus, a Winter Tour to cities around the USA in January, an evening concert on Friday of Commencement Weekend and participation in the Baccalaureate Mass the next day. The Chorale also takes an international tour every three or four years during the summer, which, in 1997, included cities in Italy (Rome, Orvieto, Spoleto, Assisi, Siena, Florence, Venice, Padua). In May 2000 the Chorale traveled to southern France (Nice, Arles, Aix-en-Provence), Switzerland (Geneva), southern Germany (Munich, Passau), Austria (Salzburg) and northern Italy (Venice). In May 2005 the Chorale toured New Zealand's South Island, performing in Christchurch, Timaru, Dunedin, and Nelson. In May 2008 the Chorale returned to New Zealand’s South Island, this time with concerts in Queenstown and Greymouth. In May 2011 the ensemble traveled to Rome for a week’s stay, with a side trip to Florence and Assisi; this tour included singing for the Pope at the General Audience, singing for Saturday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica, and full concerts in the Basilica San Francesco in Assisi and in Sant’ Ignazio in Rome.

In May 2014 the Chorale will travel to Europe again, visiting Prague, Vienna, and Salzburg.

 

 

 

 

 

About The Director

 

Alexander Blachly, the 1992 recipient of the Noah Greenberg Award given by the American Musicological Society to stimulate historically aware performances and the study of historical performing practices, has been active in Early Music as both performer and scholar for the past 40 years. He earned his post-graduate degrees in musicology from Columbia University. He is the founder-director of the internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble Pomerium, which is recording an on-going series of compact discs of a cappella Renaissance music. These recordings have appeared on the Old Hall, Glissando, Deutsche Grammophon/Archiv, Dorian, Classic Masters, and Nonesuch labels. Prior to assuming the post of Director of Choral Music at the University of Notre Dame in 1993, Mr. Blachly taught early music and directed collegia musica at Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, New York University, Rutgers University, and the University of Pennsylvania, where for eight years he directed the a cappella ensemble Ancient Voices. Mr. Blachly directs the University of Notre Dame Chorale and Chamber Orchestra and the Schola Musicorum (chant choir) of Notre Dame; has taught Music History I (Medieval & Renaissance), Music History III (Haydn to Debussy), Early Music Performance Practice, Renaissance Notation, Freshman Fine Arts University Seminar, Core, Music 122/222 (Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner, Brahms), Music 50101 (Vocal Sacred Music I—Gregorian Chant), Music 50102 (Sacred Polyphony of the Renaissance), and Music 50103 (Getting Back to the Sources: Making Computerized Performing Editions from Old Notations). For eleven years he hosted a three-hour classical-music radio show each Wednesday morning on the University’s classical-music radio station, WSND 88.9 FM.

 

 

Next Event:

2013 Fall Concert
8:00 pm, Friday, November 8

Accompanied by
Päivi Ekroth, piano

Leighton Concert Hall
DeBartolo Performing Arts Center