University Singers to perform with Greater Bridgeport Symphony, March 3

University Singers to perform with Greater Bridgeport Symphony, March 3

In what’s been called a “much-anticipated reunion,” University Singers will join Greater Bridgeport Symphony for a special performance of Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D Minor, Op. 48 at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Klein Auditorium in Bridgeport.

University Singers is a 32-member group of vocalists from the University of Bridgeport (UB) and Fairfield County. It is conducted by Frank Martignetti, director of UB’s Music and Performing Arts program.

The one-night-only performance on March 3 is the first time in more than 30 years that UB performers have teamed up with the Greater Bridgeport Symphony, Martignetti said. They will be joined by Fairfield County Children’s Choir, conducted by Jon Noyes, under the baton of GBS Music Director Eric Jacobsen.

“Every year, we work hard to bring UB students who can commit the time and resources to go to Manhattan and sing with other colleges and a professional orchestra at Carnegie Hall or Lincoln Center. I am so glad that, this year, UB’s entire University Singers, joined by some alumni, friends, and colleagues, will perform with our own Greater Bridgeport Symphony,” Martignetti added.

About Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem in D Minor:

The Requiem is a musical setting of the Latin text of the funeral mass. This form, originating in the church, has become a staple of the concert hall. First performed in 1888, Fauré’s Requiem originally included five movements to be performed by a large choir and a soprano soloist, accompanied by stringed orchestra. He later expanded the work to include seven movements, a baritone soloist, and an expanded orchestra. The Requiem has become one of the most known, sung, and loved choral works in the repertoire. Distinctively, it seeks to console and comfort, rather than to threaten damnation.

Fauré wrote that he composed Requiem because “it is thus that I see death: as a happy deliverance, an aspiration towards happiness above, rather than as a painful experience . . . I have also instinctively sought to escape from what is thought right and proper after all the years of accompanying burial services on the organ! I know it all by heart. I wanted to write something different.”

For more information about the concert, please see the Greater Bridgeport Symphony Orchestra website.  Discounted tickets are available for students.

Media contact: Leslie Geary, (203) 576-4625, lgeary@bridgeport.edu