Community Invited to FSU Winter Chorus Concert

Community Invited to FSU Winter Chorus Concert

Dec 7, 2015

Members of the community are invited to a special free concert performed by the Framingham State University Chorus on Tuesday, Dec. 15th, at 7 p.m. in the Heineman Ecumenical Center.

The theme of the concert is “A Baroque Christmas” and will feature the music of Dietrich Buxtehude, Marc-Antoine Charpentier, and 17th-century Christmas carols. The chorus, under the direction of Dr. Paul Cienniwa, includes students and alumni from the university as well as area community members.

The centerpiece of the program, Charpentier’s Messe de minuit pour Noël, is a Latin Mass setting based on French carols from the composer’s 17th-century France.

“Even though many of Charpentier’s French carols are unknown today, they joyfully represent the spirit of the season,” says Cienniwa. “We will introduce the Mass movements with the carols that inspired their composition, making this a very festive concert!”

The program will also include Buxtehude’s In dulci jubilo, a German/Latin motet based on the well-known carol. The concert soloists include FSU students and alumni Patricia Berlandi, ‘70, G’85, Inessa Burnell, ‘19, Samuel McGuire, ‘17, Cynthia Nelson, ‘17, Jesse Sannicandro, ‘16; and community members Mary Collins, Doug Miller, Vanessa Pendexter, Edward Sawyer.

About Framingham State University

Framingham State University was founded in 1839 as the nation’s first public university for the education of teachers. Since that time, it has evolved into a vibrant, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering small, personalized classes on a beautiful New England campus. Today, the University enrolls more than 6,000 students with 58 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the arts, humanities, sciences, social sciences and professional fields. As a State College and University (SCU), Framingham State prides itself on quality academic programs, affordability, and commitment to access for all qualified students.