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Omaha Chamber Singers to perform at Dordt College

January 6, 2005

Omaha Chamber Singers

The Omaha Chamber Singers will perform at the B.J. Haan Auditorium, Sioux Center, on Saturday, Jan. 29, 7:30 p.m. This free concert is sponsored by the Dordt College Music Department.

The Omaha Chamber Singers (OCS) has established itself as a choral ensemble of the highest caliber, presenting exceptional choral literature of all historical periods. Initially organized for a single concert project in June of 1999, the 24-voice group quickly evolved into a continuing ensemble, offering a wonderful array of choral performances each season. OCS is comprised of the finest singers in the Omaha area, with most participants holding academic degrees in music and currently employed as music educators and professionals.

In addition to their regular concert season, the Omaha Chamber Singers has performed for choral conferences, collaborated with the Cathedral Arts Project at St. Cecilia Cathedral and Sacred Arts Council Lincoln, and made appearances at several colleges and other special events.

Fostering ongoing educational goals, OCS has served as the performing choir for conducting workshops led by internationally renowned conductors Dale Warland and Rene Clausen. The ensemble has also performed on the Omaha Symphony's Masterworks series performing works of Bach and Handel. The Omaha Chamber Singers, with the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, also participated in the international “Rolling Requiem” project, marking the one-year passing of the terrorist attacks, where Mozart's “Requiem” was performed in Saint Cecilia Cathedral to an overflow crowd. The OCS also presented the North American premiere of Roxanna Panufnik's “Westminster Mass.”

The program for the Sioux Center performance includes music by composers William Byrd, Jan Sweelinck, Randall Thompson, Pavel Chesnokov, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Stephen Leek, Earl George, Johannes Brahms, Michael Hennagin, Randall Stroope and Randy Stonehill.

The concert is free and open to the public.

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