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Release date:
Nov. 6, 2001
Contact: Deb Hammacher, Associate Director, 404-727-0644, or

Netherlands Chamber Choir to Perform at Emory Nov. 17

WHO: The Netherlands Chamber Choir, part of Emory’s Candler Concert Series
WHEN: 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
WHERE: Glenn Memorial Auditorium, 1652 N. Decatur Rd., Emory.
COST: $20-28 zoned seating. To buy tickets or get more information, call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050.
PROGRAM: J. S. Bach, "Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied"
Arvo Pärt, "Doppo la vittoria"
"The Woman with the Alabaster Box"
"Tribute to Caesar"
"Which was the Son of . . ."
Sergei Rachmaninov, "Concerto for Choir"
Peteris Vasks, "Litene"
Joep Franssens, "Harmony of the Spheres"

The Netherlands Chamber Choir, celebrating its 65th anniversary this month while on tour in the United States, will perform at Emory University Saturday, Nov. 17, as part of the Candler Concert Series. The performance of the 24-member choir, conducted by Toñu Kaljuste, is hailed as "an unforgettable evening" by NRC Handelsblad. Spain’s El Pais says the choir is "devoted to the performance of music of all periods," and shows "itself to be virtually unrivaled in this type of music." For tickets or information, call the Arts at Emory box office at 404-727-5050.

Founded in 1937 by Felix de Nobel, the choir and its conductor aim to provide listeners with the pleasure of experiencing a rich and diverse repertoire of music for the a cappella choir. Kaljuste, a native of Estonia, was named chief conductor of the choir in 1988. Other conductors specializing in a particular musical style or period such as Paul Van Nevel, Stephan Layton and Jurjen Hempel regularly appear with the group.

Performing works primarily for a cappella choir, the choir’s repertoire consists of music from early medieval to contemporary music. Composers such as Poulenc, Kodaly, Heppener and Andriessen have dedicated works especially to the Netherlands Chamber Choir. In addition to its a cappella concerts, the choir often performs with a variety of instrumental ensembles such as the Royal Concertgebouw, the Orchestra of the 18th Century and the Schönberg Ensemble.

Although most professional choirs usually are associated with an opera house or a radio broadcasting company, the Netherlands Chamber Choir is unusual in that it is an independent vocal ensemble enjoying the full financial support of the Dutch government.

The choir’s regular yearly schedule includes its own concert series in eight cities across the Netherlands, as well as performances and tours throughout Europe and the United States. Its compact disc catalog now contains 54 titles, including recipients of the Edison Award and the Deutsche Schallplattenpreis.

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