Choral Union to start rehearsals for spring semester

Members of Marshall’s Choral Union, an ensemble dedicated to outstanding performance of choral masterworks, are once again inviting members of the Tri-State area to join them for the spring season. Rehearsals begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 15.

The year 2013 marks the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten’s birth and the 70th birthday of Morten Lauridsen, who is still very active composing and teaching in the United States. The pieces to be performed in the spring semester include Britten’s Festival Te Deum, Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night,” and Edward Elgar’s Scenes from the Bavarian Highlands.

Directing the chorus this semester is recent Marshall University master’s degree graduate William Murphy. He has been the director of Choral Union since January 2012, with previous performances including John Rutter’s Gloria, Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs, opera choruses with the MU Opera Workshop and a collaboration with the West Virginia Symphony Chorus singing Marc-Antoine Charpentier’s Messe de Minuit pour Noel and Charles Pachelbel’s Magnificat. He also is the accompanist for the West Virginia Symphony Chorus in Charleston and organist at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Huntington.

The Choral Union rehearses from 7 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday in the Smith Music Hall choir room (#150). Performances will take place later in the semester with dates to be announced.