Sharing the stage with the masters

The second event of the Vail Series season brought the highly acclaimed Munich Symphony Orchestra and Gloriae Dei Cantores, a world class concert choir, to Swasey Chapel last night, along with Denison’s own Chamber Singers, for an evening of exquisite music.

Conductor Phillipe Entremont and the orchestra presented Verklärte Nacht, op4 (Transfigured Night) by Arnold Schoenberg, for the first half of the program. The second part of the evening belonged to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. His Requiem in D Minor—at once spiritual and dramatic and filled with musical moments of anger, compassion and worship—is a challenging work for both orchestras and choral groups. And it came off swimmingly.

Denison’s 27 Chamber Singers, mentored by Director of Choral Activities Wei Cheng, began learning the Requiem music last spring. The group has assembled for 90-minute rehearsals twice each week all fall, working hard to be ready for the opportunity to sing with the Munich Symphony Orchestra and Gloriae Dei Cantores under Entremont’s direction.

Marissa Ortiz, a senior alto and music major from Clarkson, Mich., observed, “The music department and the Vail Series are two of my favorite things about Denison. Over the last three years, I’ve enjoyed not only exposure to exceptionally talented performers, but also an education that invites me to dig into the nuts and bolts of what makes music work.”

Fellow senior Kate Yoder, a soprano and psychology major from Dublin, Ohio, concurred. “I love to pursue the things here at Denison that give me a different experience than the typical college student would have. This particular concert offers me the chance to share the stage with the best of the best, and I am truly grateful. I couldn’t be more thankful for the time I’ve have spent with this ensemble. From performances on the Great Wall of China two summers ago to now performing with the Munich Symphony, we’ve all been lucky to be part of things most other singers haven’t.”

Alto Madeleine Oulevey, a sophomore from Arnoldsville, Ga., who first heard the Munich Symphony Orchestra on her iPad, summed it all up by saying, “To be part of this night is a dream.”


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5:40 PM October 28, 2011

maggie Brooks wrote:

The Denison Chamber Singers and the group’s director, Wei Cheng, can take a great deal of pride in their contributions to this concert. It was a very moving performance by everyone on stage with the students certainly holding their own with the professionals. Once again the Vail Series has provided the college and Granville community with an outstanding musical performance. Thank you to everyone for this opportunity.

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1:12 PM October 29, 2011

Bryan Poynter wrote:

I can’t thank Denison and the Vail Series enough for this incredible opportunity. It was an absolute honor and dream to be able to perform with the Munich Symphony Orchestra and Gloriae Dei Cantores.

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