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The Nova Singers will open their 22nd season with a concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in First Lutheran Church, 364 E. Water St. The group will perform with the Knox College choir.

Nova Singers adds voices

Knox choir joins for weekend concerts

Friday, October 26, 2007

GALESBURG - The Nova Singers concert this weekend is one of firsts.

It's the first concert of the 20-member professional ensemble's 22nd season.

It will be the first time the professional singing group has performed a full concert with another choir, in this case with the 62-member Knox College choir.

It also will be the first time Laura Lane, award-winning conductor of Nova Singers and the Knox College choir, has attempted to put on a program of complex, double-choir, eight-part music.

The concert, Cathedral Classics, will be at 7 p.m. Saturday in First Lutheran Church, 364 E. Water St., and will feature choral works by Bach, Martin and Britten as well as spirituals by Moses Hogan and folk songs.

Tickets, available at the door, are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for students. A second performance will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at First Congregational Church in Moline.

According to Lane, double-choir music is rarely composed and rarely performed, due to technical demands.

But she's had her eye on some double-choir compositions for several years and decided her Knox choir was up for the challenge this year.

Lane rehearsed the groups separately until last Tuesday, when the choirs came together for the first of just two joined rehearsals.

"I've put a lot more time into this program than I normally do for a single concert," Lane said.

She said the sound of the double-choir will have the same refinement, polish, clarity and precision for which Nova Singers are known, but with a wider dynamic range and bigger sound with four times as many singers.

"What I'm hoping people will hear is a larger version of Nova Singers," Lane said.

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