Nova Singers: “A procession marching around me”, October 8 and 9

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Saturday, October 8, 7:30 p.m.

First Lutheran Church, 364 East Water Street, Galesburg IL

Sunday, October 9, 4 p.m.

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 2136 Brady Street, Davenport IA

For their first concerts of the 2022-23 season, Galesburg’s professional vocal ensemble, the Nova Singers, will explore the unique blend of choir and guitar during performances October 8-9 of A procession winding around meperformed under the direction of Dr Laura Lane and alongside special guest artist: classical guitarist Dr Angelo Favis.

With presentation concerts by Castelnuovo-Tedesco Gypsy Romancero, a musical snapshot of flamenco culture in southern Spain, accompaniment will be provided by Favis, an award-winning performer of solo and chamber music who has been a featured soloist with the Saigon and Philippine Philharmonic Orchestras. Favis earned his BM and MM in guitar performance under Lawrence Ferrara and David Tanenbaum at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and his DMA from the Manhattan School of Music under Nicholas Goluses and David Starobin.

Describing their season opener, Nova Singers Founder and Musical Director Lane said, “I’m thrilled to be able to introduce Angelo Favis, whose talent and expressiveness on guitar is truly extraordinary. Every moment of this music is unique and beautiful! A procession winding around me is utterly beautiful and deeply moving. Romantic is a delight for the ears, with its sweet melodies and lush harmonies. It’s also full of fantastic rhythms, as the composer conjures up a variety of flamenco-style dances from Andalusia, Spain. Audiences will love hearing the solo vocals soar above the choral texture. Additionally, both works feature special guitar effects that are rarely heard.

Founded by Lane in 1986, Nova Singers are a 17-voice ensemble renowned nationally for their expressiveness, virtuosity and innovative programming. Nova Singers have performed at state, regional, and national American Choral Directors Association conventions, produced nine professional recordings, and received numerous grants from the Illinois Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts. From Byrd to Brahms to Arvo Pärt, versatility and flexibility have been hallmarks of the organization, and their uniqueness is frequently demonstrated in Nova Singers’ world premieres of commissions from composers such as Ruth Watson Henderson, Thea Musgrave , Bruce Polay, William Hawley and Daniel Godsil. The members of the Nova Singers in its 2021-22 season are: Madalynn Baez; Heather Beck; Pat Burr; TomClark; Hillary Erb; Curtis Fischer-Oelschleager; David Foster; Allison Good; Peggy Hamilton; Dakota Howard; Joel Kolander; Sarah Lounsberry; Libby Moore; Brandon Ouellette; Callen Sederquist; Rachel C. Vickers; and John Whitson.

The singers of Nova A procession marching around me the concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. on October 8 and 4 p.m. on October 9, with the engagement Saturday at First Lutheran Church in Galesburg and Sunday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Davenport. Admission is $17-20, with students admitted free, and more information and tickets are available by calling (309) 341-7038 and visiting NovaSingers.com.

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