TACOMA, Wash. – The Adelphian Concert Choir will celebrates its 80th year with a grand concert including the voices of many former Adelphians. The choir members and alumni will present the world premiere of a new piece by University of Puget Sound School of Music Professor Rob Hutchinson, as well as a selection of choral works running from the classical to the avant-garde.
The performance will be on Sunday, October 28, at 2 p.m. in Schneebeck Concert Hall. The distinguished 46-voice ensemble, composed of talented Puget Sound students, will be joined by more than 80 Adelphian alumni.
“The return of alumni for anniversary performances is an Adelphian tradition,” said conductor Steven Zopfi (pictured below). “This year they are coming from around the country and from Canada for a weekend of rehearsing, performing, and reminiscing in song.”
The program will showcase the premiere of Hutchinson’s new composition Sing, Sing, Music Was Given, for piano and choir. The composition is an uplifting and joyful interpretation of an old Thomas Moore poem by the same name. There also will be music from Alberto Ginastera, Felix Mendelssohn, Thomas LaVoy, Brian Tate, Morten Lauridsen, Randall Thompson, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Knut Nystedt.
The Adelphians were formed in 1932 by John Paul Bennett at what was then called the College of Puget Sound. The choral ensemble, named after musical mendicants who roamed the British Isles during the Middle Ages, stressed the idea of community through singing. This is indicated by their name—derived from the Greek “adelphos,” meaning "brother."
Over the next 80 years, the choral group performed throughout the western United States, in New York, and in Canada, Great Britain, Ireland, and continental Europe. It is now considered one of the premiere choral ensembles in the West.
Steven Zopfi, one of the leading young conductors in the Pacific Northwest, joined University of Puget Sound in 2008 as director of choral activities and conductor of the Adelphians. This followed a career that included singing with the Prague Philharmonic and New Jersey Symphony orchestras, conducting world premieres of new music, and serving with professional music associations. He also currently serves as the artistic director and conductor of Portland Symphonic Choir in Oregon.
University of Puget Sound is the only national liberal arts college in the Northwest to be accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and to have a full symphony orchestra, concert band, jazz band, and comprehensive choral program. The school offers three professional degrees for undergraduates.
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