JShatinPhotoJudith Shatin’s Birkat Hakohanim for SATB a cappella vocal ensemblewill be performed on tour by the University Singers, Michael Slon, Artistic Director as part of their concerts on Wednesday, January 9 – 8:00 PM at St. Paul Parish, 29 Mount Auburn Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Thursday, January 10 – 8:00 PM at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, 30 Fenner Street in Providence, Rhode Island, Friday, January 11 – 8:00 PM at St. Dominic Parish, 630 East Street S.W. in Washington, D.C. and Saturday, January 12 – 7:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church, 11 North Wayne Avenue in Waynesboro, Virginia.

The University Singers are the University of Virginia’s premiere choral ensemble.

The composer writes, “Birkat Hakohanim, known as The Priestly Blessing, is drawn from the Bible, Numbers 6:24-26. The University of Virginia Singers and their Director, Michael Slon commissioned my SATB a cappella setting. Often found in ancient amulets, and traditionally recited by male descendents of Aaron. It has traditionally performed during parts of the Sabbath and other services, and it appears in wide use in translation in the Christian liturgy. Conductor Michael Slon requested this particular text, and I was drawn to its rich tradition, as well as the spiritual and sonic qualities of the text.”

The University Singers’ concerts will also feature music by Rachmaninoff, Eric Whitacre, Frank Ticheli, Stanford, Palestrina, Gershwin and many more. Read about the tour at http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/music/concertsevents/pressreleases/12-13/USingersWinterTour2013.html. Visit the University Singers at http://artsandsciences.virginia.edu/music/performance/ensembles/studentensembles/universitysingers.html.

Ravello Records has reissued Judith Shatin’s acclaimed CD Piping the Earth – http://www.classicsonline.com/catalogue/product.aspx?pid=1434848. Her music can also be heard on the Grammy-nominated Innova Records release, Tower of the Eight Winds,(http://www.innova.mu/artist1.asp?skuID=407) and the Hexagon Ensemble’s Dutch Connection CD on Etcetera, with more on the Capstone, Centaur, Neuma, New World and Sonora labels. She is currently William R. Kenan Jr. Professor at the University of Virginia, where she founded the Virginia Center for Computer Music. Visit her online at http://www.judithshatin.com.

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