McIntire Department of Music

Join the Virginia Glee Club as they perform Johann Sebastion Bach’s Magnificat with the Wellesley College Choir, accompanied by orchestra. In addition to this choral masterpiece, the two groups will also give individual performances from their own repertoires. These repertoires include songs from all around the world. The Virginia Glee Club will also be performing a newly commissioned piece based on the poetry of Walt Whitman. Come out and enjoy what promises to be a fantastic evening of choral music!

The concert will be held at Old Cabell Hall on Sunday, April 20th at 3:30pm. Tickets are $8 for Students and $20 General Admission, and will be available on the Lawn and at the Old Cabell Hall Box Office (434-924-3984). For more information, visit the Virginia Glee Club’s website at or call Kelin Swayne at (757) 748-5661.

The Virginia Glee Club, founded in 1871, is the oldest musical organization at the University of Virginia. The Club’s members, primarily undergraduate students, come from every school and college within the University. Members consider the group a “fraternity of talent,” committed to performing at a professional level, promoting fellowship, and preserving longstanding tradition. Throughout its history, the Virginia Glee Club has been consistently recognized as a leader among American men’s choruses, performing primarily sacred choral music in the classical tradition. The group performed for former President Bill Clinton at the national celebration of Thomas Jefferson’s 250th birthday and has also been heard on broadcasts of NBC’s Today Show, National Public Radio’s Performance Today, Virginia Public Radio, and the Voice of America. In addition to presenting on-grounds concerts, the group has toured widely, both domestically and abroad, and has collaborated with some of the finest women’s choruses in the eastern and southern United States. The Club toured France in the summer of 2000, and during the spring break of 2006, the Glee Club had a very successful tour of the Southern United States, where the group performed for the Mississippi State Senate and was filmed singing for a BBC travel documentary. In November the Glee Club performed Bach’s Magnificat with the Wellesley College Choir in Cambridge. The group is in its 137th year of musical excellence under the baton of conductor, Frank Albinder, who is currently in his fifth season with the Glee Club. The Wellesley College Choir was founded in 1900-01 and continues to build on its prestigious tradition of excellence in the performance of women?s choral music. It numbers between 50 and 60 voices selected on the basis of auditions held at the beginning of each year. Past collaborations with other colleges and universities include joint concerts with men's choruses from Harvard University, Miami University, Cornell University, University of Virginia, and U.S. Naval Academy. The Choir traditionally tours annually, and in recent years has visited Chicago and the Midwest, the British Isles, Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, and numerous cities in the United States.

In Spring 2004 the ensemble sang in the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. In February 2008, the Choir performed with the New England Philharmonic.

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