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University choirs unite for one performance

Feb. 15, 2007

KALAMAZOO--All three of Western Michigan University's traditional choirs--the University Chorale, Cantus Femina and Collegiate Singers--will unite for a single performance at 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, in Dalton Center Recital Hall. The show is free and open to the public.

There will be a special performance of Johann Sebastian Bach's "Jesu Meine Freude," with Dr. Karl Schrock, organist, playing continuo. "Jesu Meine Freude" is the earliest, longest, most musically complex and popular of six authenticated funeral motets written for St. Thomas' Church, Leipzig, between 1723 and 1727. St. Thomas is best known as the place where Bach served as a cantor.

The trio of WMU choirs will be conducted by James Bass, interim director of choral activities for the School of Music, and Dr. Dee Gauthier, professor music.

Media contact: Kevin West, (269) 387-4678, kevin.west@wmich.edu

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