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Chamber singers bring Latin texts to life.

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Four sacred Latin texts - set to music by Giovanni Gabrieli, Domenico Scarlatti, Pablo Casals and Norman Dello Joio - will be sung by the Eugene Chamber Singers in concert at 8 p.m. Friday at Central Lutheran Church, 1855 Potter St. Admission is $6 at the door.

The guest conductor will be John Jantzi, a doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon School of Music. Jantzi has served as chorus master for the Eugene Opera and has been involved in opera, musical theater and choral concerts in Germany and Switzerland.

For this concert, the 26-member Eugene Chamber Singers will focus on composers ranging from the 16th century to modern times.

The program opens with Gabrieli's Jubilate Deo, an eight-part motet from his "Sacrae Symphoniae" (1597). The second principal work is Scarlatti's Stabat Mater, which alternates two five-part choirs through continual interchange of voices in oratorio -like splendor.

The second half of the program features two 20th century works, beginning with `O Vos Omnes (O Ye People)' by Casals and ending with "A Psalm of David," a setting for mixed voices of Psalm 50 (Vulgate text) by Dello Joio.

The accompanists will be Pat Cook, assistant organist at Central Lutheran Church, and Genvieve Mason, who received her master's degree in piano performance from the University of Oregon, where she studied with Dean Kramer. Information: 344-6009.

THE COURAGE AND SPIRIT of America's pioneer women is celebrated through music and dance in "Quilters," which will open Thursday at Thurston High School. Developed and produced at the Denver Center Theatre Company, "Quilters" focuses on a pioneer woman Sarah, who is getting on in years and preparing her last quilt - a legacy quilt - to give to her daughters. "The play, like the quilt, is stitched with the stories of all the people of the prairie and her family," director Michael Fisher says. "The scenes, distinctly from a women's perspective, flow from one to the other about the various joys and troubles that touched everyone during those early years in the West." Fisher notes that "Quilters" contains "sensitive and philosophical material that may be considered offensive." The Thurston production features Krista Michalson, Ashley Skinner, Sarah Dandurand, Nicole Thorne, Melanie Christensen, Tim O'Donnell, Amy Zorich, Allison Ketwig, Jennifer Hunyh, Allison Mahn and Jennifer Richards. Altogether, they play some 50 roles. The technical staff includes music and technical director Mark Huisenga, conductor Jim Greenwood and choreographer Catherine Brownsanders. "Quilters" will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and Jan. 24-26 at Thurston High School, 333 N. 58th St., Springfield. A free performance for senior citizens is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Admission other nights is $6 for adults and $4 for students and senior citizens. Tickets are available through the school's box office, 988-5350.

THE SOUTH EUGENE High School cast of "Anything Goes" will present scenes from its upcoming musical during a free SHOcase Concert at 12:15 p.m. Thursday in the lobby of the Hult Center, Seventh and Willamette streets. Directed by Pat Avery, "Anything Goes" is a comical love story that takes place on an ocean liner headed to England in the late 1920s. The musical draws on such memorable Cole Porter tunes as "I Get a Kick Out of You," "You're the Top," "It's De-Lovely," "Blow, Gabriel Blow" and the title song. Information: 682-5733.
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Publication:The Register-Guard (Eugene, OR)
Date:Jan 13, 2002
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