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Westminster Choir to present 'Listen' concert.

Byline: Submitted by Grace United Methodist Church

The Westminster Choir, conducted by Joe Miller, will present a concert titled "Listen" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Grace United Methodist Church, 300 E. Gartner Road in Naperville.

Advance tickets are $12 and available at

The program is centered on Frank Martins "Mass for Double Choir," one of the masterworks of the 20th centurys a cappella repertoire.

Described by Martin as a matter between him and God, the Mass remained on his desk for 40 years after he completed it in 1926. Since the first performance in the Netherlands in 1962, it has grown in popularity among lovers of fine choral music.

The audience will be introduced to another sound world with a performance of GyAaAaAeA rgy Ligetis "Lux Aeterna," written in 1966 and made famous Stanley Kubricks film "2001 A Space Odyssey."

The choir also will perform two works with themes of peace written by Westminster composers: "Little Lamb" by Joel Phillips and "Peace Song," composed for the Westminster Choir by Tim Brent. Other works on the program are by Edward Bairstow, Nilo Alcala and Randall Thompson.

Reflecting on the programs title "Listen," Miller says, "Listening to the human voice has great power to connect people from differing creeds and backgrounds. It allows us to understand in a way that can be difficult to describe. In a time when our society seems to be focused on our differences, I hope that this concert and this music will encourage the audience to take a moment to be still and strengthen our ability to listen."

A podcast of Miller previewing the program is available on Apple Podcasts and at

Setting the standard for choral excellence for 97 years, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College, a division of Rider Universitys Westminster College of the Arts. It has been the chorus-in-residence for the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus.

The ensembles 2017-2018 season includes a tour of the Midwest, performances and broadcasts at its home in Princeton, its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA, and the release of a new recording.

Praised by The New York Times for its "full-bodied, incisive singing," the Westminster Choir also forms the core of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which has performed and recorded with the leading conductors and orchestras of our time.

Miller is conductor of two of Americas most renowned choral ensembles: the Westminster Choir and the Westminster Symphonic Choir. He is also director of choral activities at Westminster Choir College of Rider University.

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