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International stars shine in PSU concert

In July, the Portland State University Chamber Choir led by conductor Ethan Sperry became the first U.S. choir in the 52-year history of Italy's Seghizzi International Choral Competition to win the coveted Grand Prix. It was also the first U.S. ensemble in nine years to be invited to the competition, which featured 22 top choirs from 21 countries.

Three months later, the choir performed for more than 1,800 guests at PSU’s annual Simon Benson Awards Dinner. Keynote speaker and CNN anchor Anderson Cooper tweeted to the choir, "You were terrific!"

Now the choir takes the stage once again for "Immortal," its first concert of the 2013-14 academic year. The concert will take place Nov. 22 and 23 at St. Stephan's Catholic Church, 1112 SE 41st Ave. The chamber choir will be joined by Portland State's Man Choir and Vox Femina, and will perform a variety of selections on the themes of immortality and timelessness.

The concert will include a collection of classics by Mendelssohn and Chesnokov as well as modern works by Peteris Butans and Susantos Yohannes, along with many others. The three choirs will also combine to perform "Illumina le Tenebre" by Joan Szymko, who also makes her debut as a conductor of Vox Femina at this performance.


Portland State University presents "Immortal," featuring the PSU Chamber Choir, Man Choir, and Vox Femina

Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 24, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

St. Stephan’s Catholic Church, 1112 SE 41st Ave., Portland

Tickets are available through the PSU Box Office or at the door: Adults $12; students and seniors $7

Learn more about the choir and the 2013-2014 concert season.

Photos and video by Chase Vincent Gilley
Seghizzi footage courtesy of RobertsonHDFilms