Halls conducts UO choir concert Nov 10

  • Nov 4, 2012
Matthew Halls, the Oregon Bach Festival's artistic director designate, is in Eugene for a week-long residency at the UO School of Music and Dance, including rehearsals, conducting classes, and a free public lecture, culminating in a choral concert of works by Durufle and Scarlatti Saturday, November 10. Public Lecture: "Performance Practice and Historical Style: How do we know when we've got it right?" Thursday, November 8 4 p.m., Beall Concert Hall, Frohnmayer Music Building Halls will relate his experience as a harpsichordist and performance practice specialist with the UK's Resonance Ensemble in this lecture, which is free and open to the public. He will incorporate historical recordings and musical examples into his presentation. Concert: UO Chamber Choir and University Singers Saturday, November 10 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 1376 Olive Street, Eugene No admission charge; suggested donation $10 or canned goods for Food for Lane County Halls will lead the UO Chamber Choir in a performance of Domenico Scarlatti's "Stabat Mater" and the University Singers in a performance of Maurice Duruflé's "Requiem." The rarely performed Scarlatti work is of special note: the text is one of the most heart-wrenching moments in the Bible, when Mary sees her Son suffering on the cross. The ten-movement work, which contains some of the most exquisite vocal writing from the Baroque era, will be performed with accompaniment by organist Julia Brown and lutenist David Rogers.