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November 2, 2014
Recital by Monica Czausz at 4:15 p.m. Choral Evensong with the Cathedral Choir at 5 p.m. A reception will follow.
Monica Czausz is a native of western Massachusetts, presently pursuing her bachelor of music in organ performance at the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, where she is midway through her third year studying with Professor Ken Cowan. Czausz is organ scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, where she works under the tutelage of Robert Simpson and Sigurd Øgaard, assisting with the Cathedral choirs and accompanying the Treble Choir. She has received first prizes in the 2013 William C. Hall Organ Competition (San Antonio), the 2012 National L. Cameron Johnson Competition (Storrs, Conn.), and the 2011 National Oklahoma City University Competition. Czausz is recipient of the Clyde Holloway Organ Scholarship and the Erwin and Emily Heinen Prize in Music, two endowed awards for outstanding achievement. This past summer, she completed six weeks of study with Stefan Engels, renowned professor of organ at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater “Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy” in Leipzig, Germany. During this time, Czausz performed concerts on historic and highly regarded instruments in Freiberg, Naunhof, Saalfeld, and Leipzig. Prior to her studies at Rice, she studied intensely with Alan Morrison of the Curtis Institute and with Peter Conte, grand court organist of the Wanamaker Organ, for two consecutive summers in 2011 and 2012. She has also worked extensively with Nathan Laube, assistant professor of organ at the Eastman School of Music. During her high-school years, Czausz was organist and choir director at St. Paul’s (Episcopal) Church in Holyoke, Mass., where, beginning at age 16, she ran an enthusiastic music program.
November 8, 2014
The Houston Chamber Choir’s program “Farewell to Arms” will include chansons by Maurice Ravel, which the composer wrote while waiting to enlist in the French Army between 1914 and 1915, as well as the Houston premiere of Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’s A Farewell to Arms for chorus and cello, a beautiful setting of the 15th- and 16th-century poetic meditations on the postwar life as a veteran by George Peele and Ralph Knevet. Also on the program is music from Francis Poulenc’s masterful 1943 a cappella cantata Figure Humaine and C. Hubert H. Parry’s Songs of Farewell, which soulfully expresses the despair that overtook the composer at the end of his life as a result of the Great War. Continuing with the concert’s theme of remembrance, the choir will also perform excerpts of Karl Jenkins’ mass for peace The Armed Man, and Canadian composer Stephen Chatman’s setting for male voices of John McCrae’s iconic war poem “In Flanders Fields,” a poem which has become an international symbol for remembrance of fallen soldiers. The choir’s program will also include popular music that was sung both at home and by men stationed at the front.
November 21, 2014
The Religion & the Arts Council is organizing a group outing to hear HBU’s Schola Cantorum perform a concert “Poetic Justice” in the university’s Belin Chapel on Friday, November 21. The choral group will present music by outstanding poets, including works by J.S. Bach and Morten Lauridsen. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students and can be purchased in the cloister on Sundays.
December 7, 2014
Sung by the Cathedral Choir.