Choral Music at Lexington High School

Train in the snowy mountainsGuest performers for the Family Concert “Call of the Railroad” on December 6, 2015 include the Lexington High School Women’s Chorus, directed by Jason Iannuzzi. We’re excited to have them singing several pieces with us:

  • Chris Van Allsburg’s Polar Express 
  • Edward Elgar, The Snow
  • Samuel Adler, O Rock of my Salvation & Who Can Retell?  from Flames of Freedom

Here are excerpts from the description of the choral program at Lexington High, from their website. There’s a lot of singing going on in Lexington!

“Lexington High School has enjoyed a rich history of excellence in choral music from as far back as the 1930s. Today the program consists of four curricular choirs, seven student-run collegiate style a cappella groups, and over 260 singers. … A typical season of repertoire includes selections from the great Western art canon, folk and multicultural music, vocal jazz, pop and musical theater. Recent works include Carl Orff Carmina Burana, Leonard Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Gabriel Fauré Requiem, and Francis Poulenc Gloria, accompanied by a Lexington High School student orchestra. Emphasis in rehearsal is placed on the importance of individual contribution, and students take pride in preparing music outside of rehearsal time.

“Lexington High School choruses are in high demand in the Greater Boston area, singing around thirty different performances in a typical season. The LHS Women’s Chorus is the newest ensemble at Lexington High School. In its seventh year, the group has already garnered critical acclaim in the region. Other select ensembles are the LHS Concert Choir, established in 1964, and the smaller Madrigal Singers, who perform without a conductor.

“In recent years, the choirs have traveled abroad to Paris, London, Armenia, Costa Rica, Scandinavia and Estonia.  In spring 2012 the Madrigal Singers’ performance of Estonian choral works for the Estonian Ambassador to the United States was hailed as “extraordinary.” … Most recently about 100 Lexington High School singers embarked on a concert tour and cultural exchange in China, performing concerts in Beijing, Xi’an, Hangzhou and Shanghai and participating in musical exchanges with Hangzhou Xuejun High School and Shanghai Yangjing High School Men’s Chorus.”

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