AZUSA - Azusa Pacific University’s Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Christopher Russell, and the internationally renown Chamber Singers, under the direction of Michelle Jensen, will perform a joint concert on Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. This free event takes place at the Citrus College Haugh Performing Arts Center located at 1000 W. Foothill Blvd., in Glendora.
The concert will feature several pieces, including Igor Stravinsky’s “Scherzo a la Russe,” Paul Hindemith’s “Symphonic Metamorphosis,” Joseph Haydn’s “Mass in Time of War,” and the U.S. premiere of Brett Dean’s, “Between the Spaces in the Sky.”
The Chamber Singers recently received international acclaim as 1 of 10 prestigious choirs from across the globe selected to participate in the 50th International Competition for Choirs (ICC). The Chamber Singers placed first overall and earned individual first place marks in three categories: obligatory, chosen by the competition committee; classical; and folk music, which enabled the group to showcase music from their home country. Additionally, they received the Ferdinand Grossmann award for best interpretation of a 20th or 21st century composition for their performance of Eric Whitacre’s, “With a Lily in Your Hand.”
The 70 member Symphony Orchestra performs a variety of classical literature, encompassing music from the Baroque period to the 21st century. Notable experiences include a collaboration with Pulitzer-prize winning composer Steven Stucky who coached the ensemble in preparation for the 2009 West Coast premiere performance of his work, Jeu de Timbres. For six consecutive years, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) has presented Russell with the Award for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music.