This concert is a joint concert with the Houston Girls Chorus and will feature classical and popular music of South American composers, accompanied by instruments of the Central and South American traditions. VOX will be performing two classical pieces - Villa-Lobos "Ave Maria" and "Three Nocturnes" by Carlos Chavez. Additionally, a piece by Astor Piazzolla, "Oblivian" is a jazz-style piece, sung on neutral syllables. The 2nd half of the program will feature medleys by popular composers Cheo Feliciano, Estela Raval, Larry Harlow, Vikki Carr, and Astrud Gilberto, all of which, are accompanied by piano, bass, drums and saxophone. These medleys were arranged by Dr. Robert Nelson, professor emeritus from the University of Houston.
The combined piece is "Misa Criolla" by Ariel Ramirez. It is a multi-movement work and will be accompanied by authentic folk instruments.
About Houston Girls Chorus
Houston Girls Chorus (HGC), presented in collaboration with Houston Grand Opera's HGOco. HGC is comprised of middle and high school age girls from throughout the Houston area. The 2014-15 season will include over twenty appearances as the "House Choir" for Houston Ballet's annual production of The Nutcracker, two formal recitals, a spring tour of Galveston and other social outings. The Chorus helps young women develop self-discipline and teamwork while building self-esteem, poise and communication skills, all in the context of learning and performing great music.
About HGC Artistic Director Kimberly Tobola
Currently in her fourth season with AFA’s Houston Girls Chorus, Ms. Tobola is in her eleventh year serving as Director of Choirs at her alma mater, HISD’s Lanier Middle School, where she conducts all of the school’s award–winning choirs. Ms. Tobola is both a board member and founding member of VOX, a professional choral ensemble in Houston. She received a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Baylor University where she studied with Karen Peeler and Joyce Farwell. She completed a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and undertook doctoral coursework at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where she studied with Barbara Honn as a Corbett Scholarship recipient.
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