Zoellner Alert: Lehigh University Choral Arts This Weekend!

Pictured Above: Lehigh University Choral Arts. Photo Credit: Contributed.



Bethlehem, PA – Zoellner Arts Center presents Lehigh University Choral ArtsSacred and Profane, directed by Dr. Steven Sametz, on Saturday October 21 at 8:00 pm and Sunday, October 22 at 4:00 pm. Tickets are $18 general admission. Lehigh Undergraduates and Graduates attend for free. The repertoire includes Vaughan Williams, Variations on a Theme of Thomas Tallis; Sametz, American Songs–Sacred and Profane; Vaughan Williams, Dona nobis pacem. Lehigh University Choral Arts comprises four ensembles: the University Choir, the tenor-bass Glee Club, the treble ensemble Dolce, and our symphonic choir, the Choral Union. These are open to students of all majors, faculty, staff and townspeople.

Lehigh Choral Arts is one of the oldest choral traditions in the country, recently celebrating over 150 years of singing. Lehigh Choral Arts performs major works of the choral-orchestral repertoire, including Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Missa solemnis; Bach’s B-minor Mass, Johannespassion and a fully-staged version of the Matthäuspassion; Orff’s Carmina Burana; Stravinsky’s Les Noces and Symphony of Psalms; Monteverdi’s Vespro della beata vergine with the internationally acclaimed ensemble, Chanticleer; concerts of opera choruses, and a fully staged version of Debussy’s Le martyr de San Sébastian. Choral Arts performs works of all eras and cultures, often with theatrical presentations and collaborations including spoken word, dance, Indian and Arabic instrumental ensembles, Baroque orchestra, giant puppets and parades. Choral Arts premieres compositions by faculty, students, and other newly commissioned works. Touring around the world, Lehigh University Choral Arts has appeared at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Geffen Hall in New York, the Schubertsaal at the Vienna State Opera House, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Hall (Russia), Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall (Taipei), the Berlin Philharmonic Hall, the Frari Church in Venice, and headlined the Festival of Voices in Graz, Austria. They most recently toured Ireland in spring of 2023.

Steven Sametz is the Ronald J. Ulrich Professor of Music at Lehigh University and Artistic Director of the professional chamber choir, The Princeton Singers. Well-known as a composer, conductor and educator, he has appeared as guest conductor with the New York Chamber Symphony, the Taipei Philharmonic Foundation, the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, the Berkshire Music Festival, the Netherlands Radio Choir, CONCORA, and the Delaware and Pennsylvania All-State Choruses. At the Santa Fe Music Festival, he conducted his own works
in a program entitled “Sametz conducts Sametz.” He has led Chanticleer in the Monteverdi Vespers of 1610 at Lehigh, in New York and in San Francisco. He made his Carnegie Hall début in 2014, conducting Lehigh Choral Arts in his choral symphony, Carmina amoris. Active as a composer, Sametz has been hailed as “one of the most respected choral composers in America.” He has been commissioned to create works for Chanticleer, The Princeton Singers, the Dale Warland Singers, the National Cathedral, the Los Angeles Master Chorale, Cantus, the Rioult Dance Company, and the King of Thailand. Dr. Sametz’s compositions have been heard throughout the world at the Tanglewood, Ravinia, Salzburg, Schleswig-Holstein, and Santa Fe music festivals. He is the recipient of the American Choral Director Association’s Raymond Brock Memorial Commission, writing Three Mystical Choruses for premiere by Chanticleer at Chicago’s Symphony Hall. 

For tickets, call 610-758-2787 (7LU-ARTS) or zoellnerartscenter.org

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