Last year's concert attracted 400.
About 400 attended last year’s concert.

Chorale and Choral Union will also sing pieces by Professor Norman Lowrey.

November 2016 – The Drew University Chorale and Choral Union will perform pieces from Antonio Vivaldi and a longtime music professor at the school’s annual winter concert.

The Vivaldi compositions are “Magnificat” and the Winter Concerto from “The Four Seasons.” For the latter, Drew Adjunct Instructor Michael Avagliano will solo on violin.

The longtime professor supplying music is Norman Lowrey, the former chair of the Music Department who’s retiring after 40 years at Drew. The Choral Union will sing Lowrey’s “Once More, the Round,” based on poetry by Theodore Roethke, and the Chorale will perform “From Scripture of the Lotus Blossom of the Fine Dharma,” which was commissioned by the Drew Chaplain’s Office in 1995.

The concert will take place Saturday, Dec. 3 at The Concert Hall in the Dorothy Young Center for the Arts, beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is $5 at the door, with students admitted free.

Other featured pieces

Beyond Vivaldi and Lowrey, the Chorale and Choral Union will perform nearly a dozen other compositions. The other Chorale pieces include “Mata del Anima Sola” by Antonio Estévez; “Norwegian Lullaby,” as arranged by Gunnar Eriksson; “Cantate Domino” by Vytautas Miskinis; an Alice Parker arrangement of “Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal” and Robert Schumann’s “Jemand” and “Freisinn,” as arranged by Jason Bishop, the concert’s conductor and the director of choral and vocal studies at Drew.

Rounding out the Choral Union’s program are Ola Gjeilo’s “The Ground,” a Gwyneth Walker arrangement of “How Can I Keep from Singing?” and “From a Distance,” as arranged by Anna Abeleda-Piquero.

The winter concert is Drew’s most popular choral event of the year. Last year’s show, for example, attracted a crowd of nearly 400. 

Interested in singing?

The week after the winter concert, Drew will start recruiting new singers. On Dec. 7, the 60-person Chorale Union will open its rehearsal to those interested in joining the group, which includes students, professors and local residents. The open house will take place at Crawford Hall, inside the Ehinger Center, beginning at 7 p.m.

Following the open house, Drew will hold auditions—for both Chorale Union and the student-only Chorale, which has 21 members—on Dec. 8-9 and Jan. 15-17. To ask questions, email choirs@drew.edu and to schedule an audition, click here.