Glee Club set to preview European tour May 2 on campus

The Rutgers University Glee Club is going global, performing music in a variety of languages in its spring concert, set for Saturday, May 2, 2015, at 7:30 p.m., at Nicholas Music Center.

The concert, which also marks the 80-member, all-male choral group’s 143rd anniversary, will feature a diverse repertoire of songs in English, Estonian, Welsh, Russian, Latin, and Hindi.

The event will also serve as a preview of sorts for the group’s summer European tour, where they will perform at the University of Utrecht and the Chapel of the Old Royal Naval College in England. Songs such as Swansea Town, as well as Estonian composer Veljo Tormis’s rarely performed The Last Ship and Pikse Litaania are on the program.

“I love the fact that the two pieces by the same composer are really different,” Patrick Gardner, the group’s director and the head of choral activities at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, says of the Tormis works. “One is dramatic and kind of wild and crazy and the other is lyrical and beautiful.”

Colin Britt, doctoral student and teaching assistant for the Glee Club (Britt gained notice in 2013 for his appearance on NBC-TV’s America’s Got Talent with his arrangement of the pop hit Call Me Maybe), has arranged a rendition of Dacw ‘Nghariad (My Sweetheart), a popular Welsh folk song. In addition, the Glee Club will sing Gustav Holst’s Good Friday, Dirge for Two Veterans, and If Ye Love Me by Thomas Tallis. Look for love songs by Joseph Gregorio and Lehigh University’s Steven Sametz, as well.

Glee Club member Benjamin Mather says this music has been met with enormous enthusiasm from audiences, and he hopes for the same at home.

“The level of intensity behind every song, from the lyrical and gorgeous pieces by Gregorio and Holst to the wild and energetic Tormis, makes this concert unlike any we have done before,” Mather says.

The Rutgers University Glee Club’s spring concert is 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 2, 2015, at Nicholas Music Center, in the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center, 85 George Street at Ryders Lane, on the Douglass Campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, in New Brunswick. Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 for Rutgers alumni, employees and senior citizens, $5 for students with valid I.D. For more information about any Mason Gross event, visit www.masongross.rutgers.edu, or call the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center ticket office at 848-932-7511.

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Posted May 2015