FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
COLLEGIUM MUSICUM & CHORUS SPRING CONCERT
The Reed Chorus and Collegium Musicum will present their annual spring concert, "Music and Distant Places," on Sunday, April 23, at 8 p.m. in Reed's Kaul Auditorium. The concert, directed by Reed professor of music Virginia Hancock, is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Reed events line at 503/777-7755.
All the works to be performed have some feature that can be thought of as "foreign" to the composer or to us as American singers. Brahms's Zigeunerlieder, op. 103, to be performed by the chorus with pianist Robert Fishel, represents the nineteenth-century Germans' view of gypsies as exotic and sensual beings. The Collegium will perform a variety of a cappella works, including Thomas Weelkes's pair of madrigals "Thule, the period of cosmography" and "The Andalusian merchant," with texts about the limits of the then known world; Robert Schumann's settings of German translations of poems by Robert Burns; Edward Elgar's "My love dwelt in a northern land"; sacred pieces in Greek and Old Church Slavonic; and a setting of a Swedish poem by Reed mathematics professor James Bernhard.