Academy of Music Girl Choir focuses on concept of listening

The concept of learning to listen with ear, eye, mind and heart as a lens will be explored in a pair of performances by the Lawrence Academy of Music’s Girl Choir during its annual fall concert.Chinese character "Ting"

The concert, entitled “Ting,” which is the Chinese character for “listen,” will be performed Saturday, Dec. 9 with performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

Tickets, at $12 for adults, $8 for seniors/students, are available online or at the Lawrence Box Office the day of the concert from 12:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. and one hour prior to the evening performance. 920-832-6749.

“Given the deep social divide into which our current singers are coming of age, I felt strongly that a focus on learning to listen—‘in music and in life,’ as we say—would be an asset to them well beyond our rehearsal walls,” said Karen Bruno, director of the Academy of Music, who employed various aspects of the concept of listening into the repertoire and rehearsal process this fall.

Girl Choir singers performingThe concert will feature more than 300 singers in grades 3-12 from all over the Fox Valley performing a wide range of music by significant composers, including Mozart, Bach, Benjamin Britten, Antonín Dvorák and Ralph Vaughan Williams, among others, as well as Brazilian and Norwegian folk songs.

About Lawrence University
Founded in 1847, Lawrence University uniquely integrates a college of liberal arts and sciences with a nationally recognized conservatory of music, both devoted exclusively to undergraduate education. It was selected for inclusion in the book “Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College.” Engaged learning, the development of multiple interests and community outreach are central to the Lawrence experience. Lawrence draws its 1,500 students from nearly every state and more than 50 countries.