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UMD Concert Choir

Edward Maclary, Music Director

The UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND CONCERT CHOIR is the symphonic choir of the School of Music and is made up of singers from across the Choral Activities program. It maintains a busy schedule of concerts both on and off campus. At the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center the UMD Concert Choir has performed a variety of repertoire, including the Bach Magnificat and Weinachts Oratorium, the Mahler Symphony #2, the Verdi Requiem, and Schumann’s Das Paradies und die Peri. Since 2003 the UMD Concert Choir has collaborated annually with the National Symphony Orchestra in repertoire such as the Bach St. Matthew Passion, the Creation by Haydn, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the Mozart Requiem, the Duruflé Requiem and most recently, a widely hailed set of performances of The Gospel According to the Other Mary by John Adams. Maestros who have led the UMD Concert Choir with the NSO include Gianandrea Noseda, Christoph Eschenbach, Iván Fischer, Donald Runnicles, Helmuth Rilling, and Matthew Halls, among many others. The UMD Concert Choir made its debut with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2013 with performances of Britten’s monumental War Requiem to mark that composer’s centenary. Since then the ensemble has returned to the BSO to perform the Brahms Requiem with Markus Stenz, the Mozart Mass in C minor with Masaaki Suzuki, and with BSO Music Director Marin Alsop, the Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms, the Credo by Arvo Pärt, and the Mozart Requiem, all to critical acclaim. This season the ensemble returns for performances of the Bernstein Chichester Psalms and the Villa-Lobos Choros no. 10, as well as the world premiere of a commissioned work by British composer Roxanna Panufnik.