Songs of the season to be featured at choir debut
German voices from the university and off-campus communities
will join in harmony in Advent and Christmas songs on Thursday,
Dec. 5 at the inaugural concert of the University of Victoria Lieder
Under the direction of Dr. Angelika Arend (Germanic
and Russian studies), the 27-member choir will perform a wide range
of works from the 16th through the 20th centuries, introduced in
English. Katherine Koch, who has a masters in music and is
an accomplished pianist, will be the accompanist. Guest soloists
will be soprano Sharon Krebs and pianist Dr. Harald Krebs (music).
Arend, who is in charge of Germanic studies community
outreach efforts, founded the choir to provide a venue for people
at UVic and in the local German-speaking community to come together
and explore the rich heritage of German song. Members include Germanic
studies and music students, faculty and staff as well as singers
Building cultural bridges is a central concern
in my personal and professional life, says Arend. In addition
to establishing and leading the choir, she organizes Der Deutsche
Abend an der Uni, the departments monthly lecture series
in German that regularly attracts 30 to 50 people from on- and off-campus.
Arends research interests include German-Canadian
literature and music. A trained singer and experienced choral conductor,
shes set high expectations for the choir. Their repertoire
ranges from simple folk tunes to artistically challenging and sophisticated
art songs. They plan to present two public concerts annually, one
at the end of each academic term.
The Dec. 5 concert takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the
Phillip T. Young Recital Hall. Admission is free or by donation,
with all proceeds to cover the costs of performance and support
further development of the choir.