Schola Cantorum de Venezuela, the premier touring chorus of Latin America, will perform Oct. 26 in North Central College’s acoustically stunning Wentz Concert Hall.
Schola Cantorum de Venezuela is one of the most important choral societies to emerge as part of the growing choral movement in Latin America. The choir performs a broad range of works, and its repertoire includes works by Spanish, Italian, French and English Renaissance, contemporary Venezuelan and universal composers.
The Schola Cantorum de Venezuela performance begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 26, in the College’s Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago Ave., Naperville. Tickets are $50 and $40; call the North Central College Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit northcentralcollege.edu/showtix.
The ensemble was founded as Schola Cantorum de Caracas in 1967 by Alberto Grau, Venezuelan composer and conductor. The choir works under the sponsorship of the Fundación Schola Cantorum de Venezuela—a nonprofit organization that oversees several other choirs, providing a complete system to promote and develop choral music in Venezuela.
In 1974, the Schola Cantorum of Caracas won first prize in polyphony at the 22nd Guido d'Arezzo International Polyphonic Competition. The ensemble was chosen to premiere the piece “La Pasión de San Marcos” (The Passion of Saint Mark) by Osvaldo Golijov and was first performed at the 2000 European Music Festival. A recording of the 2000 concert was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Vocal Performance in 2002 and also received a Latin Grammy nomination in the same category.
Schola Cantorum de Venezuela has performed at prestigious festivals and in some of the finest performance halls from Vienna’s Musikverein to New York’s Lincoln Center.
Ana María Raga and María Guinand are the choir’s directors. In 2005, the ensemble was designated a distinguished choir of the Schola Cantorum Foundation in order to expand into new styles and selections.
North Central College’s 2011-2012 Sesquicentennial Fine & Performing Arts Season is supported by a generous grant from the Illinois Arts Council. USG Corporation and Navistar, Inc. are underwriting sponsors. This performance is one of many ongoing programs at North Central College to enrich and broaden the cultural and academic outlook for the College and community. North Central offers a variety of venues accommodating a rich range of local and world-class events, performances and space needs for the public. For a comprehensive schedule of musical performances, theatrical and dance productions, art exhibits and lectures, visit northcentralcollege.edu/show or call the box office at 630-637-SHOW (7469).