Metro State hosts alumnus’ world premiere composition


Posted Wed, Apr 8, 2015

DENVER – Metropolitan State University honored Bryan Grosbach on March 14, hosting a joint concert with the Denver Pro Chorale, St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and MSU Denver Chorale.

The three chorales met for the third time Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the King Center Concert Hall, to perform a Spring Choral Concert.

“It is such a pleasure to host the Denver Pro Chorale and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir,” says MSU Denver Chorale’s conductor, MB Krueger. “To me this is one of the most exciting performances this year.”

The main reason for this is the world premiere of MSU alumnus Bryan Grosbach’s Requiem. Grosbach, 26, graduated from MSU Denver in the fall of 2014 and was still a student when he composed his seven-movement Mass, which took him over nine months to complete.

”It is by far the largest work I’ve written for a cappella choir,” Grosbach says.

The Denver Pro Chorale began rehearsing the Mass on Jan. 27. On Saturday, the chorale performed four movements: Introit, Kyrie, Sanctus and In Paradisum, respectively movements 1, 2, 5 and 7.

“Only half of it was played,” says Cherise Leiter who was his teacher several years. “It is originally almost 30 minutes long.”

Grosbach honored the audience with his presence during the concert and performed as a bass in the chorale.

The Mass will be performed in its entirety by the Denver Pro Chorale on April 17 and 18 at the Church of the Ascension (600 Gilpin St).

Metro State welcomes Denver Pro Chorale and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir

The three choirs opened the concert performing Franz Biebl’s “Ave Maria,” conducted by Krueger. The Denver Pro Chorale continued with Grosbach’s Requiem and compositions by Williams Billings and Shawn Kirchner under the chorale’s conductor, Michael J. Kornelsen.

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir proceeded the evening with “Et incarnatus” from Henri Hardouin’s Credo, Mass V.

“This is most likely the first and last time you will hear this piece by this obscure composer,” says the choir’s conductor, Timothy J. Krueger.

St. Martin’s Chamber Choir carried on by performing several works by Terry Schlenker, including “The Poem, the Song, the Picture,” Sleeping at Last” and “Gloria” from his Mass for Double Choir. Schlenker was also present in the concert as a bass.

The intermission was followed by the Metropolitan Chorale performing works by Matthew Harris, Bradley Ellingboe, Dan Forrest, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Stephen Chatman.

“This is our first concert this semester,” says Alexis Delude, an MSU student and member of its chorale. “We’ve been practicing since the semester started.”

The 90 minute-long concert concluded with the combined choirs presenting Schlenker’s “Into Paradise” and Alice Parker’s arrangement of “Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal.”

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