Glee Club to Tour Southwest May 16-23
The Occidental Glee Club will sing Britten’s “Hymn to St. Cecilia” and Gorecki’s “Totus Tuus,” among other shorter masterworks, in a series of performances scheduled for May 16-23 in Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado.
The concerts are free and open to the public, although donations will be accepted. For more information, please call the Occidental music department at (323) 259-2785. The schedule is as follows:
7 p.m. Monday, May 16
Shepherd of the Hills UCC Church
5524 E. Lafayette Blvd.
7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 17
Episcopal Church of the Epiphany
423 N. Beaver St.
7 p.m. Wednesday, May 18
Cathedral Church of St. John
318 Silver St. SW
7:30 p.m. Friday, May 20
St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral
1350 Washington St.
7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 21
Grand Junction High School Auditorium
1400 N. Fifth St.
Grand Junction, Colo.
7 p.m. Monday, May 23
Grace Lutheran Church
2101 Harrison St.
Under the direction of Jeffrey Bernstein, adjunct assistant professor of music at Occidental, the Glee Clubs have made professional appearances with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Pasadena Symphony and the Pasadena Pops.
Occidental’s Glee Clubs have a national reputation for choral music-making that dates back more than 45 years. In 1959, when there were separate men’s and women’s ensembles, Maestro Bruno Walter invited Oxy singers to record with him. In 1969, the Glee Clubs were chosen to represent the United States at the Second International Collegiate Music Festival, which was sponsored by the Lincoln Center. After many years, the Women’s Glee Club merged into the mixed choir and the two groups carried on as the Occidental Glee Club.