McIntire Department of Music

Come join the Virginia Glee Club as it honors the Class of 2008 on the evening of May 17¬, 2008 for its annual Finals Concert. As the oldest musical organization on Grounds, the group carries with it the beloved traditions of the University. The concert provides entertainment for the entire family, and will be a special must-have addition to your graduation plans.

The evening will showcase timeless classics and novel pieces that are sure to become instant favorites. This year, the Glee Club is proud to present Lambscapes, an amusing twist on a popular children’s song as well as Down the Mother-Volga River, a strong and compassionate rendition of a Russian folk tale. New to listeners’ ears will be Not Heat Flames Up and Consumes, the fourth movement from Steven Sametz’s We Two, a newly commissioned piece for the Glee Club. The work sets poetry from Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, the manuscript of which can be found on Grounds in the Special Collections Library.

Audiences will be delighted to see the return of Franz Biebl’s perennial favorite Ave Maria, the beautifully arranged Shenandoah and a wonderful assortment of University songs to properly send off the graduates. Our concert will honor and embrace the University’s rich tradition and history, so come celebrate the end of an amazing four years with us.

This performance will be on Saturday, May 17th, 2008 at 9:30 pm in Old Cabell Hall, which is located on the Lawn of the Central Grounds of the University. There is no admission charge for Degree Candidates. General admission tickets are $15 and student tickets are $5. They can be purchased at Mincer’s, at the Newcomb Hall Ticket Office (434-924-8808), or at the door. For more information visit our website at

Concert Program:

  • Alleluia- William Boyce
  • Non Nobis Domine- Rosephanye Powell
  • Not Heat Flames Up and Consumes from We Two- Steven Sametz
  • Down the Mother-Volga River- arr. Victor Kalinnikov
  • Shenandoah- arr. James Erb
  • Vive L’Amour!- Traditional
  • Ave Maria (Angelus Domini)- Franz Biebl
  • Lambscapes – Eric Lane Barnes
  • Down Among the Dead Men- Ralph Vaughan Williams
  • Vir-ir-gin-i-a - George Frideric Handel, arr. Donald Loach
  • Virginia Hail, All Hail! (Ten Thousand Voices) - J. A. Morrow ’21
  • The Good Old Song - Traditional Scottish

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 a variety of sacred and secular 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, visiting Paris, Lyon, Marseilles, Aix en Provence, Carcassonne, and Nice.  Recent collaborations have also included Poulenc’s Gloria, with the Chatham College Choir, Mozart’s Requiem, with the Smith College Glee Club, and Franz Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, with the Wellesley College Choir. The Glee Club has also recently returned from a very successful spring break 2006 tour of the Southern United States, including stops in Richlands, VA, Chattanooga, TN, Atlanta, GA, Birmingham, AL, and Jackson, MS, where the group performed for the Mississippi State Senate and was filmed singing for a BBC travel documentary.  With this concert, the group concludes its 137th year of musical excellence under the baton of conductor, Frank Albinder, who is currently completing his fifth season with the Glee Club.

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