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Notre Dame Glee Club to sing in Lincoln

A cappella program of sacred, secular music at St. Joseph Church

LINCOLN (SNR) - The University of Notre Dame Glee Club will perform a concert at St. Joseph Church, 7900 Trendwood Dr., Lincoln, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Under the direction of Daniel C. Stowe, The Glee Club of Notre Dame, Ind., one of the most renowned all-male choruses in the United States, will feature a program of a cappella music that covers a broad range of music from medieval works to contemporary compositions for male chorus. The group will stop in Lincoln as part of their 2015 Centennial Fall Tour.

The program delivered in each performance is always filled with variety that highlights the Glee Club’s scholasticism, musicianship, and dynamic control as an ensemble. 

“We want our audiences to receive an educational experience as well,” Stowe said.

The first half of the program typically features music from the Renaissance, Classical, and Romantic eras. The musical set will include sacred contemporary pieces, including Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria” for double men’s chorus – a signature piece of the Glee Club. 

The program continues with a second half of sea shanties, folk songs, barbershop tunes, and African-American spirituals. Undoubtedly, organizers said, the Glee Club will conclude its concert with the internationally recognized University fight song, “The Notre Dame Victory March.”

The history of the Notre Dame Glee Club spans 100 years, since its beginning in 1915, and is celebrating its centennial this academic year. In the past four years, the group has performed in more than 20 U.S. states and the nation’s capital. The Glee Club also toured Europe in the summer of 2015.

Lincoln native Benjamin Swanson, from St. Teresa Parish, is a member of the Glee Club, and many members of the St. Joseph and St. Teresa parishes are hosting the Glee Club members for the night while they are staying in Lincoln.

“I think this concert will be an amazing way to bring excellent music to the Lincoln community,” he said, “and I am very excited to share this group with my family and friends.”

The Oct. 21 event is open to all, and families are welcome. Donations will be accepted at the door to help cover the costs of the event. The program should last 60-90 minutes, plus an intermission.

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