RIC Choral Students Give Voice to Variety of Musical Styles on Dec. 7

For choral conductor Teresa Coffman, the annual Winter Choral Concert is an opportunity to highlight the talent and hard work of the students in each of her ensembles – the RIC Chorus, Chamber Singers and Women’s Chorus.

The performance – a RIC holiday tradition – will be held on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Nazarian Center’s Sapinsley Hall.

Works by important composers throughout Western music history will be on performed, along with holiday favorites and pieces by non-traditional and lesser-known composers.

Coffman said her goal is for her students to “experience and perform music from a variety of stylistic periods.” That includes music from as early as the Renaissance period to as recent as Mel Torme's “The Christmas Song.”

According to Coffman, the RIC Chorus has particularly enjoyed working on its featured larger work, “Gloria,” from Puccini's “Messa di Gloria.” She explained that although it was originally written as an exercise when Puccini was 18 years old, the work contains several techniques that could typically be found in a composition student’s assignment, such as chant, fugue and chorale.

“It is a delightful and joyous work with which to end our concert, as well as our semester,” said Coffman, who oversees the choral program and is a professor of music.

The choral ensembles will also perform Victoria’s “O magnum mysterium,” Hassler’s “Cantate Domino canticum novum,” Daley’s “What Sweeter Music” and Lauridsen’s “O nata lux,” among many others. Christina Breindel is pianist and assistant conductor of all ensembles.

General admission is $10; free for RIC students, faculty and staff.