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Temple Square Chorale to take on 'Gloria' by French composer Francis Poulenc

Published March 17, 2013 1:33 pm

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The Temple Square Chorale with the Orchestra at Temple Square presents a concert featuring a major choral work each spring.

This spring's program will feature "Gloria" by French composer Francis Poulenc.

The concert is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 19-20 in the Tabernacle on Temple Square at 7:30 p.m.

The concert will be under the direction of Ryan Murphy, conductor of the Temple Square Chorale and associate music director of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

Joining the Chorale will be soprano Elizabeth Murdock Pike, a graduate of the BYU School of Music.

According to the Chorale:

Poulenc's Gloria, written near the end of his career, premiered on January 21, 1961 in Boston. It is a setting of Gloria in excelsis Deo familiar from its use in mass liturgy and other prominent compositions. The Koussevitzky Foundation commissioned the work in honor of Sergei Koussevitzky, music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra for a quarter of a century. In the past, the Chorale has performed such works as St. Matthew Passion by Bach, Requiem by Mozart, and Saul by Handel. The second half of the program will include a variety of sacred anthems including two new compositions by Ryan Murphy and others by John Rutter and Edgar Bainton.The Chorale, in its 14th year, is the training ensemble for the Choir and has 120 singers this year.

Tickets for the traditionally sold-out event will be available March 19, 2013, online at lds.org/events, by calling 801-570-0080 or by visiting the Conference Center Ticket Office.