Schola Cantorum and Chorale enchants Franciscan with German composers

Photo by Kathleen Loesel Men of the Schola Cantorum Franciscan and University Chorale perform in Christ the King.

Photo by Kathleen Loesel
Men of the Schola Cantorum Franciscan and University Chorale perform in Christ the King.

BY MATTHEW EBBERWEIN

STAFF WRITER

An audience that filled Christ the King Chapel on Friday night was taken into the musical world of old Germanic tradition as Franciscan University’s very own Schola Cantorum and Chorale ensembles performed their Autumn concert.

The concert, which was directed by Professor Nicholas Will, included pieces by 18th and 19th century classics, such as Johann Sebastian Bach and Franz Shubert, as well as pieces by more modern composers like Paul Manz.

Will commented on his musical selections saying, “There’s a wide variety of music in the Germanic tradition so I thought it would be a very interesting concert.”

Will was correct when he said there was variety as the concert included several different music styles from a cappella, to orchestral accompaniment to pieces for men or women alone.

When asked what his favorite piece was out of the many selections, Will replied that “That’s a good question… I can’t pick. It’s like picking a favorite child. I’ve grown so attached to them all that I can’t really pick a favorite.”

This year, both ensembles had a record number of enrolled students, which allowed for a wonderfully diverse concert with a full choral sound. The audience reacted well to this as they gave the singers a well-earned standing ovation at the end of the concert.

Will was ultimately pleased with the concert as he commented, “I’ve wanted to do a program like this for a long time and it seemed like we had the right number of type of voices for this type of concert. So I thought it was the right time.”

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