April 16, 2008 — The U.Va. Chamber Singers present their spring concert on Friday, April 25 at 8 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, Charlottesville. This special event will be dedicated to Jeff LeDuc, the late director of music ministries and organist at First Presbyterian and a committed advocate of the choral art.
The program will include Bach's Cantata 182: Himmelskönig, sei willkommen and Vivaldi's Gloria. The Gloria (RV 589 and based on Vivaldi's earlier setting, also in D major) remains one of the most popular works in the choral repertoire. Cantata 182 is one of Bach's early cantatas, written in 1714 during his tenure in Weimar.
Led by U.Va. faculty conductor Michael Slon, the concert will feature soloists from the Chamber Singers, and faculty musicians from the Charlottesville and University Symphony Orchestra.
Founded in the spring of 2005, the U.Va. Chamber Singers are a select subset of the University Singers, and perform a wide variety of music for chamber choir ranging from early music to contemporary compositions. Recent performances have included the Palestrina Missa Brevis, Bach's Cantata 150, Schubert's Mass in G, Brahms' Neue Liebeslieder Waltzes, standards by Harold Arlen and Jerome Kern, and new music by Meredith Monk and Eric Whitacre.
The concert is offered free of charge to the public, with a free-will offering being taken during the program. The church is located at 500 Park St., with free parking available in adjacent lots.