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MSU Chorale gives benefit concert May 19 to fund tour to France, Spain

May 12, 2009

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The Montana State University Chorale vocal group will give a benefit "bon voyage" concert at 7:30 Tuesday, May 19, at Bozeman's Holy Rosary Church.

Admission is free, however donations will be taken to support the Chorale's performance tour to France and Spain from May 20-30.

The MSU Chorale performs abroad about every three years, according to Kirk Aamot, professor of music and director of MSU choral activities. The 2009 tour to France and Spain will include performances in Lyon, Arles, Barcelona and Paris, including a performance at the Cathedral of Notre Dame. In all, the choir will give five performances during the 10-day tour.

"Opportunities such as these to visit important centers of music and art history are what make these tours so valuable to the students," Aamot said.

The May 19 program will include several of the pieces from the tour including Maurice Duruflé's "Ubi caritas." Duruflé was assistant director of music at Notre Dame shortly after his graduation from the Paris Conservatory of Music, and the Chorale will sing the piece May 22 at Notre Dame.

Other items on the program include other pieces by European masters including T. L. Victoria, G. Palestrina and Felix Mendelssohn, along with music by several modern American composers including Moses Hogan, Eric Whitacre, Howard Helvey and David Childs.

For more information about the concert or the tour, contact Aamot at 994-5755.

Kirk Aamot (406) 994-5755, kaamot@montana.edu