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Samuel Ramey performs with the WMU Symphony Orchestra and Collegiate Singers

Location: Michigan, USA
Choir type: College and University Choirs

Who:     Samuel Ramey, Guest Bass-Baritone Soloist
              University Symphony Orchestra -- Bruce Uchimura, Conductor
              Collegiate Singers -- Kimberly Dunn Adams, Conductor
              WMU School of Music

What:     Concert, Free admission

When:    Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012
               3 p.m.

Where:    Miller Auditorium
               Western Michigan University


KALAMAZOO—World famous bass-baritone Samuel Ramey will appear with the Western Michigan University Symphony Orchestra (Bruce Uchimura, Conductor) and Collegiate Singers (Kimberly Dunn Adams, Conductor) as part of a three day residency at the WMU School of Music. Ramey has sung in all the major opera houses of the world and will reprise some of his major roles and arias on this concert. Selections will include: Zaccaria’s aria “Oh, chi piange?” and the famous chorus “Va, pensiero” from Nabucco by Giuseppe Verdi; Baron Scarpia’s famous Te Deum prayer scene with chorus, “Va, Tosca,” from Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca; and Reverend Olin Blitch’s famous Revival Scene from Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah.

The WMU Symphony Orchestra will be featured on Gustav Mahler’s Symphony Number 1 in D Major (“The Titan”). Like many great composers, Mahler toiled with his first symphony from 1887 to 1896 when he ultimately settled on the present version. It is a work of great beauty, depth, and heartfelt emotion, as well as a virtuoso showpiece for the orchestra. The orchestra will also perform the Overture to Ruslan and Ludmilla by Mikhail Glinka.
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