NIC choir presents spring concert with new choir director

The North Idaho College Concert Choir and Madrigal Singers will present their spring concert under the direction of a new conductor.
The NIC Spring Choral Extravaganza will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 10 in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium.
Max Mendez, a local vocal performer, conductor and teacher, began at NIC in January. He is also the current director of music at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes and the director of the Gonzaga University Vocal Jazz Ensemble.
Mendez has been a soloist with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Westminster Chamber Orchestra, Allegro: Baroque and Beyond, Zephyr, Clarion Brass and the Northwest Bach Festival. He also maintains an active voice studio in Spokane where he lives with his wife and four children.
With the performance by the two NIC vocal groups being the first under his direction, Mendez said he wanted to diversify the flavor of the concert by presenting selections from classical composers in a setting of poetry by Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Christine Rosetti and Percy Shelly.
“I wanted to program selections that focused on rich poetic texts,” Mendez said. “And I am also excited about the variety of this concert. Selections by some of the great composers throughout the last five centuries are represented and the choirs will also sing selections from operetta and musical theater.”
The choirs will sing pieces by great composers such as Beethoven's “Hallelujah” and Randall Thompson's “The Road Not Taken.” The concert will also feature the Madrigal Singers' performance of James Taylor's “That Lonesome Road,” Josh Groban's version of “You Raise Me Up” by the Women's Ensemble and the grand finale performance by the combined choirs of “Neighbor's Chorus” from La Jolie Parfumeuse.
The concert is free and open to the public.
Information: (208) 769-7764.

For More Information
NIC Choir Director Max Mendez, (509) 251-6296

Posted: Tuesday, March 29, 2005

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