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New ‘Critical Mass’ Choir’s First Performance Sept. 11-12

By:    Published 9:07 am / September 8, 2010

Critical Mass, a new semi-professional chamber choir organized through Boise State’s Department of Music, will give its first performances Sept. 11-12. The 32-member choir is based in Boise and includes professional singers from Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Nevada, as well as some talented high school students.

The concerts will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 11, at Borah High School and 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 12, at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 707 W. Fort St. in Boise. Admission for Saturday’s concert is donation only; Sunday admission is $10 general, $5 students and seniors.

The unique chamber choir will perform exciting 20th and 21st century repertoire that both honors the memory of those lost on Sept. 11, 2001, and reflects on the nation’s recovery from the tragic event. Featured composers include Lauridsen, Whitacre, Biebl, Clausen, Saint-Saens, Kverno, Finzi and more.

The choir’s artistic directors/conductors are Christopher Raynes, adjunct professor of music at Boise State University, and Bruce Browne, emeritus professor of music at Portland State University. Prominent choir members include Boise State professors Laura Rushing-Raynes and Jim Jirak, Northwest Nazarene University professor Steve Kuykendal and Washington State University professor Laurie Wiest; high school teachers Joie Cariaga, Heather Prinzing, Jessie Ledbetter, Ryan Batcheller and Patrick Scott; and singers Tiffany Calas, Melissa Hamilton, Leslie Mauldin, Elizabeth Ashantiva, Carla Mar, Michal Jarolimak and David Hill.