Contemporary Vocal Ensemble
In 2009, the CVE performed the first university-based performance of Osvaldo Golijov's "Ainadamar".
Meeting Times: Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 2:30-3:50 p.m.
The Contemporary Vocal Ensemble at Indiana University is comprised of 24 of the finest singers from the Jacobs School of Music. Directed by conductor-composer Dominick DiOrio, the Ensemble is run as a professional chorus and its members are expected to consistently demonstrate the highest levels of musicianship and vocal ability. Noted for innovative programming, the Ensemble explores all significant styles of the last century as well as works at the forefront of today’s contemporary music scene. A special emphasis is placed on the works of living and emerging composers, especially notable works for voices composed by Indiana University faculty and students.
This season marks Dominick DiOrio’s debut as conductor of the Ensemble, and the opening concert in October will include a featured performance of A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass, his new composition for mixed chorus, soprano and marimba.
Major repertoire for 2012-2013 will include Nico Muhly’s Expecting the Main Things from You, James MacMillan’s Cantos Sagrados, and Herbert Howell’s Take Him, Earth, for Cherishing, written in memory of JFK and celebrating its 50th anniversary this Spring. The season will conclude with the monumental Sonnengesang by Sofia Gubaidulina, a cello concerto with chorus and percussion written for the late Rostropovich. The season will also include an eclectic combination of works for voices by John Cage, Chen Yi, Melissa Dunphy, Don Freund, Moses Hogan, Per Nørgård, Sven-David Sandström, Veljo Tormis, and Zachary Wadsworth.
Founded in 1980, the Ensemble has had only three previous directors: Alan Harler, Jan Harrington, and Carmen Helena-Téllez.