The Thirteen

October 22, 2015

School of Music hosts The Thirteen Chamber Choir

by Andrea Hahn

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Thirteen is good luck, not bad, for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale School of Music when it hosts The Thirteen Chamber Choir Oct. 27-28. 

The Thirteen performs choral music of the Renaissance and Baroque periods. The SIU residency includes teaching and performance. The concert, “Innovation and Brilliance: Sound-Sculptures from the Franco-Flemish School,” begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Old Baptist Foundation recital hall. The SIU Choral Union hosts a reception for The Thirteen following the concert, beginning at 7 p.m. 

The professional chamber ensemble has, in the three years since its founding, earned a reputation that has them engaged at university residencies in the Midwest and northeast including Bowling Green State University, the Yale University Institute of Sacred Music and now SIU. In addition to the residencies, the group tours and performs, and has three CD releases to its credit – including the Grammy-nominated “… To St. Cecilia.” 

All events with The Thirteen are free and open to the public. Here’s a schedule: 

Tuesday, Oct. 27:

• 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Master class on Brahms Quartets, Old Baptist Foundation.

• 2-3 p.m., Panel discussion, “Making It in the Music Business,” Old Baptist Foundation.

• 3-3:45 p.m., Lecture, “Franco-Flemish Polyphony,” Altgeld Hall, room 110. 

Wednesday, Oct. 28

• 1-2 p.m., Master class with Matthew Robertson, conductor, “Conducting,” Altgeld Hall, room 110.

• 2-3:30 p.m., Clinic with Matthew Robertson for the SIU Concert Choir, Altgeld Hall, room 110. 

Support for this presentation comes from the Arts Midwest Touring Fund, a program of Arts Midwest that is funded through the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional contributions from SIU’s Office of Sponsored Projects Administration, School of Music, College of Liberal Arts, and the Office of the Provost, as well as from the Crane Group and General Mills Foundation.