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October 31, 2000

CSUS Choir Celebrates with Celestial Concert

California State University, Sacramento choirs are set to unleash their voices in a celestial-themed concert at 8 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 18 to celebrate the release of the University Chorus' new CD, Music for Heaven and Earth.

The performance, directed by CSUS music professor Donald Kendrick, will be held at Sacred Heart Church, located at 39th and J streets.

The Nov. 18 concert also launches the University choirs' fall concert season. The evening's performance incorporates Swiss composer Frank Martin's "Mass" along with works by Vincent Persichetti, Morten Lauridsen and Joseph Martin performed by the Men's Chorus. The Women's Chorus will perform works by Gwyneth Walker, Joan Szymko and Amy Dalton. Several selections from the new CD will also be performed.

The CD, Music for Heaven and Earth, features a variety of choral compositions dating from the 16 century through present times and features a variety of American, European and Canadian composers.

Kendrick said the CD was recorded at various stages throughout several years and, with the exception of one piano track, the album is an a cappella collection.

"This CD is a compilation of choral music that celebrates both heaven and earth. It is the fruition of the last two years of recordings," Kendrick said. "It's a beautiful CD and I am very proud of the University Chorus."

Tickets are $10 general and $5 for students and seniors. The CD, Music for Heaven and Earth, costs $15 and will be available at the concert or by calling (916) 278-6805. Tickets are available at the CSUS Ticket Office, (916) 278-4323.


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