Prairie Performances

Voices Unite!

Portrait of Franz Schubert.

Franz Schubert By Josef Kriehuber - Public Domain

On this week's Prairie Performances, Friday night at 7 pm on WILL-FM 90.9, two outstanding college choirs from separate continents join forces to celebrate the unifying power of music. Andrew Megill, Director of Choral Activities at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, leads the combined choirs in an “American” half, featuring Corigliano’s beautiful setting of Dylan Thomas’ lyric poem Fern Hill and Bernstein’s setting of the Chichester Psalms. Johannes Hiemetsberger, conductor of the Webern Kammerchor, directs the “Viennese” half with Schubert’s final setting of the Mass, a masterpiece highlighting the artistic liberties indicative of the composer’s late style.

Voices Unite! (2/21/16)
Sinfonia da Camera
Ian Hobson, conductor

Andrew Megill, Guest Conductor
Johannes Hiemetsberger, Guest Conductor
UI Chamber Singers
Webern Kammerchor from the the University of Music and Perfoming Arts, Vienna

Franz Schubert | Mass in E flat major, D. 950
John Corigliano | Fern Hill 
Leonard Bernstein | Chichester Psalms