ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. 2011 — Rochester-based vocal ensemble Madrigalia will present a program of holiday music at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts.
It is the fourth concert of the 2011-12 Friends of Good Music season.
This holiday program, titled “A Time to Rejoice,” will feature many Madrigalia favorites along with some new seasonal songs for a blend of familiar tunes, texts by some of today’s most brilliant composers, and some less familiar, yet captivating melodies.
Since 1975, Madrigalia has distinguished itself as one of the finest chamber choirs in Western New York. The ensemble is known for its quality performances of unique repertoire spanning more than six centuries, and has established its reputation with multiple performances and collaborations. Choral conductor Lee Wright joined the ensemble as its third music director in 2009 and has already made his mark, challenging singers and audiences alike with a still greater variety of repertoire and musical styles.
“This is the third visit of this beloved vocal ensemble to the Quick Center,” said Ludwig Brunner, the center’s director of programming. “I know some of the singers have family ties to the Olean area and their visits are considered something of a homecoming. And what a special occasion to celebrate together with songs of the season and an old-fashioned audience sing-along.”
Madrigalia has produced six recordings: “With Heart and Voice – Anthems Across America” (1993), “With Heart and Voice – Christmas Across America” (1996), “Christmas with Harp and Voice” (2001), “Madrigalia Live at Christmas” (2003), “Music from the Emerald Isle” (2006), and the group’s latest, “Shining Night,” released in October.
For concert tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
For this and all other performances, the museum galleries will open one hour before the start of the performance and remain open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. More more information, go to www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
This performance is supported in part by the New York State Council on the Arts.
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