Arts & Culture

UWF Singers present “Collaborations”

The University of West Florida’s Dr. Grier Williams School of Music will present the UWF Singers in their “Collaborations Concert.” The performance will be held on Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the Rolfs Music Hall at the Center for Fine and Performing Arts, Building 82, on the UWF Pensacola campus.

The UWF Singers, Concert Choir, and Tate High School Vocal Ensemble present their annual “Collaborations Concert.” This tradition began eight years ago as a way to showcase material being prepared by multiple choirs. The Tate High School Vocal Ensemble will present works from their upcoming competition season, including works by Handel, Mozart and The Beatles. UWF choirs will perform Les Chansons des Roses, a greatest-hit song-cycle from American composer Morten Lauridsen. Set to French poems of the German poet Rainer Maria Rilke, the five-song cycle for a cappella mixed chorus is a unified study in elegance, as are its poems and the roses they describe.

A National Medal of Arts recipient (2007), Lauridsen was composer-in-residence of the Los Angeles Master Chorale (1994–2001) and has been a professor of composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music for more than 40 years. In 2006, Lauridsen was named an ‘American Choral Master’ by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007, he received the National Medal of Arts from the President in a White House ceremony, “for his composition of radiant choral works combining musical beauty, power and spiritual depth that have thrilled audiences worldwide.”

Additional works in the performance will span from medieval works to contemporary pieces.This event is free and open to the public but tickets are required. For tickets or more information, visit or call the CFPA box office at 850.857.6285.