“They are very talented. They are very skilled. They are very disciplined and they are very motivated.”
The words are from Betsy Cook Weber, who directs the UH Moores School of Music Concert Chorale, an elite group of singers, selected to participate in one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious music festivals, the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod, a six-day festival of song and dance in Wales. It is where the great Luciano Pavarotti performed and was discovered. The UH group is the only U.S. representative in the international competition.
“We’re doing a piece by Eric Barnum who’s a young man from Minnesota. We’re doing an arrangement by Carroll Barnett who’s an American woman and a fantastic composer, and we’re doing a Robert Shaw arrangement,” Weber said.
The chorale also will perform a piece by David Ashley White, director of the Moores School of Music.
The chorale will participate in four competitions: Youth Choir (under the age of 25), Mixed Choir, Chamber Choir and Folk Song Choir. Should the chorale place first in the Mixed Choir or Chamber choir categories, it will have the opportunity to compete for the Choir of the World: Pavarotti Trophy. Ten individual members of the chorale have also been selected to compete in separate solo competitions.
In addition to competing in the four categories, the Chorale, consisting of 36 students and alumni, will participate in the Llangollen Peace Concert, which assembles representatives from all of the competing choirs for a flag parade and performance. The Peace Concert will also feature 10 choirs, each representing their region of the world.
“The fact that we’re going is a real tribute to the excellence that we offer here at the Moores School,” Weber said.
The Concert Chorale is part of what’s happening at the University of Houston. I’m Marisa Ramirez.
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