Published February 21, 2016

Tour of Italy

Monmouth College Chorale to sing in Lucca, Florence, Rome on Spring Break trip
In just a few days, the Monmouth College Chorale will be saying “Arrivederci, America” and “Ciao, Italia,” as it travels abroad for four performances in Italy.
  But before departing, the Chorale will stage a final rehearsal of some of its selections on Feb. 28 at 10:30 a.m. at Faith United Presbyterian Church, 200 S. Eighth St., Monmouth. An encore presentation of the Italy program will be staged March 18 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kasch Performance Hall of the college’s Dahl Chapel and Auditorium.   Directed by associate professor of music Tim Pahel, the Chorale will open its tour of Italy in Lucca on March 7 with a performance at the Church of Santa Maria Corteolandini. The next day, it will perform at San Filippo Neri in Florence. The Chorale will conclude its Italian performances in Rome on March 11, singing at St. Peter’s Basilica and Sant’Andrea Della Valle.   The 52-member group will open its concert with a pair of century-old selections – “Sing Joyfully” and “Ave Maria” – before transitioning to more modern works, including “Twa Tanbou” by Sydney Guillame and “Sleep” by Eric Whitacre. The performance will conclude with the college hymn, “A Flame of White and Crimson.”   The Chamber Choir, a small group of highly skilled vocalists selected from the Chorale membership and also directed by Pahel, will sing on the tour, as well. Among its selections will be “Fa una canzona” and “Si ch’io vorrei morire,” both by Italian composers born in the 16th century.   A highly selective mixed vocal ensemble, the Chorale maintains an active and demanding rehearsal and performance schedule. In addition to serving as centerpiece for the annual “Christmas at Monmouth” concert, it performs regularly both on and off campus. The Chorale engages students from nearly every major offered at Monmouth, giving its members well-rounded musical experiences with high expectations for performance and competency.   This year’s tour continues a tradition, as the Chorale has toured extensively nationally and internationally through the years, visiting Scotland, Spain and nearly half the states in the U.S. In 2013, the group performed in prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York City.   Pahel holds a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University, a master’s degree from the University of Illinois and a doctor of musical arts degree from the University of Iowa, where he studied conducting with the internationally renowned Dr. Timothy Stalter.
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