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2009.11.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

UNO Chamber Choir Presents 'Evening and Night' Nov. 15

Omaha - “Evening and Night” will feature the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Chamber Choir performing the Nocturnes by Morten Lauridsen, Evening by Zoltán Kodály, The Evening Watch by Gustav Holst, and many other memorable pieces. The performance is 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15 at Dundee Presbyterian Church, 5312 Underwood Ave. Admission is free, but donations will be welcome.

Dr. Bruce Browne and Dr. Matthew Harden will conduct the performance.

The UNO Chamber Choir is UNO’s premiere choral ensemble that performs a mix of unaccompanied and accompanied music of the highest level.

Bruce Browne is emeritus professor of Choral Studies and Voice at Portland State University, and conductor laureate of the Portland Symphonic Choir. He founded the professional choir Choral Cross Ties, and co-founded Male Enesmble Northwest. Choirs under Browne's direction have performed at five ACDA National Conventions, four MENC Nationals, an ISME Convention and numerous regional and state conventions. He has been guest director/clinician in several countries including Spain, Greece, Canada, and England, and has appeared in several states in similar capacities.

Dr. Browne has served on national panels for NEA, and as regional ACDA president. His choirs can be heard on the labels of Koch, Albany, Freshwater and Clarion. He has worked closely with Frieder Bernius, Eric Ericson, Robert Shaw and Morten Lauridsen, and prepared choirs for James DePriest, Helmut Rilling, Margaret Hillis and Andrew Parrot.

Matthew Harden joined the UNO faculty in 2006 as assistant professor of Music and director of Choral Activities where he directs the Chamber Choir, Concert Choir and teaches conducting, choral literature and choral methods. His previous collegiate experience includes similar positions at the University of South Dakota, East Carolina University and Linfield College's Portland Campus.

Dr. Harden earned his doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Choral Music Education) from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, his master’s degree from Portland State University, and two bachelor's degrees (Performance and Education) from Southern Oregon State College. His studies and degrees are in the areas of conducting, organ, music education and voice. He has studied conducting with Bruce Browne, Eph Ehly, Eric Ericson, Gary Hill and Charles Robinson, while in master-class settings he has worked with Harold Decker, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw, Muray Sidlin and Dale Warland. In addition, he has performed voice recitals for the Portland Opera Guild and the Astoria Arts Alliance.

Contact Jason St. Claire for more information: jstclaire@unomaha.edu or (402) 554-3370.

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