March 25, 2011 — The Virginia Women's Chorus will perform an eclectic mix of Broadway, spirituals, classical and new age music in its 37th annual spring concert, "Over the Rainbow," to be held April 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the University of Virginia's Old Cabell Hall auditorium.
The spiritual "Ain't No Grave Can Hold My Body Down" and several other selections will feature Art Wheeler on keyboards and Pete Spaar on bass. The chorus will sing "Mama Who Bore Me," from the musical "Spring Awakening," and a somber version of "Down in the River to Pray."
Selections from the haunting "Adiemus: Songs of Sanctuary" will fill the hall with textless sounds. Its Welsh composer, Karl Jenkins, said, "I conceived 'Songs of Sanctuary' in the European classical tradition, but it was my intention that the vocal sound should be more akin to those heard in ethnic or world music."
Twelve-year old Sam Scott will sing several jazz selections during intermission.
The Virginia Women's Chorus is committed to excellence in the performance of classical, contemporary and diverse music from the challenging choral literature for women's voices, conductor Katherine Mitchell said. Founded in 1974, the chorus is the University's oldest female singing ensemble and has performed at several conventions of the American Choral Director's Association.
The student-run chorus includes women from nine states and seven countries.
Admission to the concert is $15, and $5 for students. Tickets are available at the Arts Box Office and by phone at 434-924-3376. Tickets will also be available on the Lawn from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the week of the concert, April 4 to 8.
Free parking is available in the C1 lot off McCormick Road and the K2 lot behind the South Lawn. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall. For additional parking information call 434-924-3984.