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Some EnChanted Evening

Renowned for their unearthly vocal blend and virtuosic ensemble singing, the four women of Anonymous 4 celebrate their twenty-fifth anniversary together with a special concert featuring ancient, traditional, and modern chants and hymns.

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So you think you can chant?

Derived from the French word chanter, chant means “a short, simple melody, especially one characterized by single notes to which an indefinite number of syllables are intoned.”

Chants, used in mystical and spiritual practices throughout the ages, come in various guises. Some are simple melodies involving a limited set of notes, while others use more complex musical structures. Either way, they often include repetition. Chants are commonly used in spiritual ceremonies. Many groups believe chanting is a route to spiritual enlightenment. But chanting has also found its way into popular culture. It’s used in a number of film and video game scores to evoke a mystical element. Examples include The Lord of the Rings trilogy by Howard Shore; Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace by John Williams; Ghost in the Shell by Kenji Kawai; Man vs. Godzilla by Akira Ifukube; and the Halo series by Martin O’Donnell and Michael Salvatori.

1project events

Music 261 class visit

11:15 a.m. Monday, October 22

The ladies from Anonymous 4 will visit Music 261, Survey of Music History, to discuss the origins of chant and performance with students. This event is not open to the public.

HIST 107/ Medieval Europe class visit

1:25 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2012

Anonymous 4 will also visit HIST 107/ Medieval Europe, to discuss the origins of chant and its place in Medieval Europe. This event is not open to the public.

Chant workshop

7 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2012
University Baptist & Brethren Church Chapel
411 South Burrowes St. State College, PA 16801

The public is invited to a ninety-minute chant workshop coached by the members of Anonymous 4. The event will be held in the chapel of the University Baptist & Brethren Church at 411 South Burrowes St. This unique opportunity is part lecture, part performance, and part sing-a-long. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of the origins of chant and learn how to properly sing chant.

Anthology 25

7:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 23
Pasquerilla Spiritual Center

The program, with music chosen from the ensemble's nineteen CDs, includes works that range in origin from the eleventh century to the present. Highlights include Anonymous 4's first recorded song, "Gaude Virgo Salutata" from An English Ladymass; "Nicholai presulis" from the group's first public performance, Legends of St. Nicholas; American folk songs; and a new work for Anonymous 4 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David Lang.

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Adult $42  |  University Park Student $15  |  18 and Younger $32

Buy tickets to individual presentations or create your own Choice series — and receive a 10-percent discount— by purchasing together tickets to four or more Classical Music Project presentations. Purchase tickets online; by phone at 814-863-0255 or 1-800-ARTS-TIX; or in person at Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.).

Complimentary round-trip shuttle service is provided between the Eisenhower Parking Deck and Pasquerilla Spiritual Center.

Artistic Viewpoints

Artistic Viewpoints will not be offered before this concert.

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