March 7, 2011

School of Music choruses, symphony unite for Mendelssohns ‘Elijah

Giselle Wyers

Giselle Wyers

Giselle Wyers will lead the combined Chamber Singers, University Chorale and University Symphony in a performance of Felix Mendelssohns beloved oratorio Elijah on March 11.

The concert will be at 7:30 p.m. in Meany Hall. Baritone Michael Drumheller will be the featured soloist.

Wyers, assistant professor of choral studies and voice, conducts the University Chorale and teaches courses in choral conducting and voice. University Chorale’s 2008 performance of the Genesis Suite with Seattle Symphony was termed “brilliant” by The Seattle Times.

Under Wyers direction, University Chorale has enjoyed high-profile performances and tours regularly; recent trips have taken them to San Francisco as well as Estonia, Finland and Latvia.

Soloist Drumheller is a favorite baritone in the Pacific Northwest classical music scene, and has been a soloist with Seattle Symphony, Orchestra Seattle, Music of Remembrance, Seattle Opera Previews, Boston Lyric Opera, Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Philharmonic, Longwood Opera, and many other organizations. He regularly volunteers as a soloist for Northwest Chorale, which raises money for the Northwest Harvest Food Bank.

Tickets are $10, available through the UW Arts Ticket Office, 206-543-4880, or through the School of Music website.