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Cathedral Concert Series offers Miami University Chamber Singers, more at the Cathedral on Sunday

By Stephen Enzweiler
Special to NKyTribune

The Cathedral Concert Series continues its 43rd Season this Sunday, October 7 at 3 p.m., with the Miami University Chamber Singers, Morpheus Chamber Ensemble and solo artists performing the masterworks of Johann Sebastian Bach at the Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption, 1140 Madison Ave. in Covington.

Chamber Singers

The program is set to be a mix of choral, orchestral, and organ works by Bach. The program will present his Prelude and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 549 (Phillip Roberts, organ); Suite for Violoncello Solo in D Minor, BWV 1008 (Cole Tutino, cello); Partita No. 3 for Violin Solo, BWV 1006 (Harvey Thurmer, violin); Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048 (Morpheus Chamber Orchestra); Chorale Prelude on “Wie schon leuchtet der Morgenstern”, BWV 739 (Phillip Roberts, organ); Erschallet, ihr Lieder, Cantata BWV 172 (Miami University Chamber Singers).
The Chamber Singers are Miami University’s chamber choir. They perform a wide range of choral repertoire from the Renaissance era to the contemporary under the guiding baton of Dr. William Bausano, Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities. The Chamber Singers have compiled a distinguished record of performances at international, national, state, and divisional conferences, where they have established a reputation of excellence in performance.

Internationally, the Chamber Singers have toured Europe and South America, and have collaborated with professional organizations such as the San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble and the American Spiritual Ensemble. Recent commissions include the 2010 world premiere of a work by Adolphus Hailstork, commissioned by Miami University in celebration of the university’s bicentennial, and, in 2013, a work by Italian composer, Corrado Margutti.

Chamber soloists performing Sunday will be Andrew McLeese (bass), Will Ellis (tenor), Elizabeth Ewigleben (soprano), and Michelle Story (mezzo-soprano).

Morpheus Chamber Ensemble

The Morpheus Chamber Ensemble, now in its eleventh year at Miami, is a faculty/student string ensemble founded by Miami music professors to help provide added performance opportunities for students of strings. Among the faculty artists performing this Sunday is composer and organist Dr. Phillip Roberts, Dr. Harvey Thurmer on violin,  and Dr. Cole Tution on cello.

The Cathedral Concert Series was founded in 1974 by Dr. Robert Schaffer and presents instrumental and choral music in the rich tradition of  western liturgical and inspired classical music in a suitable visual and acoustic environment. For more than four decades, concert-goers have enjoyed this rich tradition of sacred music amid the pristine acoustics of the Cathedral Basilica’s stunning Gothic interior.

All Cathedral concerts are open to the public and there is no admission charge.

For more information about the Cathedral Concert Series or to print a 2018 season schedule, visit www.cathedralconcertseries.org.

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