Oshkosh Chamber Singers present: "Things Old and New"

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The Oshkosh Chamber Singers will return to in-person programming with
the concert “Things Old and New” Saturday, Oct. 23. To accommodate adequate social
distancing, two performances will be presented at 4 and 7:30 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal
Church, Algoma at Division, Oshkosh.  Audience members are encouraged to be
vaccinated. Masks will be required upon entering the performance venue.
Tickets to all performances are $15 for adults and $5 for students. They are available
from singers, at Heid Music on South Park, Gardina’s on Main Street and at the door.
More information is available at oshkoshchambersingers.org or by calling 920-312-
8290. Tickets purchased for the May 2019 spring concert that was cancelled because of
the COVID-19 pandemic will be honored at the upcoming fall concert.
Herb Berendsen is the conductor of the Oshkosh Chamber Singers.
“Things Old & New” celebrates great texts that have been set to music by both
contemporary and historical composers. The selections will explore two widely different
settings of the same lyrics. A highlight will be the world premiere of Michael John
Trotta’s “Te Deum,” a hymn of praise to God, which the Chamber Singers
commissioned as part of a consortium with several other choirs.
Trotta says “Te Deum” reflects a contrast of emotions. He says he feels a special affinity
for the artistic needs and capabilities of choirs as well as the need to bring access to
new music within the reach of smaller organizations. He has pioneered a consortium
model of commissioning in which numerous choirs combine resources to commission a
new work that they would not be able to afford on their own. Each has the opportunity to
premiere a major work for choir and orchestra.
“It seems to be very popular because the choirs involved are able to take part in
something bigger,” Trotta says. “It’s also a wonderful challenge for me to be able to
write something which does justice to the text but also to do right by the choirs, writing a
work that’s going to find a home among several different groups.”
Before becoming a full-time composer, Trotta was an educator at the elementary,
middle school, high school and university levels, as well as a full-time church music
director.
  
Other concerts in the 2021-2022 season include:
“A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols” will be performed at 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 18, in Trinity Episcopal Church, Algoma at Division, Oshkosh. This annual
celebration of song and Scripture honors the Advent and Christmas story.

Performances will begin at 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in Trinity Episcopal Church,
Algoma at Division, Oshkosh. Jared Stellmacher will be the organist.
 
“LUX: The Dawn from on High,” by Dan Forrest, will be performed at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 14, 2022, at Alberta Kimball Auditorium, Oshkosh West High School.
Guests will be the Oshkosh West High School and Oshkosh North High School chorales
with orchestra. This modern work gains its enlightenment from LUX (Latin for “light”)
and explores that theme through text and orchestration both ancient and modern.

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