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    Arete concert kicks off season of poetry: Professional vocal ensemble will premier 2 songs


     purchase arial, tadalafil sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>Areté Vocal Ensemble will devote its eighth season to new music based on poetry.

    vcialis 40mg arial, sans-serif; font-size: 12pt;”>The professional ensemble will kick off the season with a concert titled “The Poet Sings” at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, in Samuelson Chapel at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

    The program will feature “Sonetos de Amor (Sonnets of Love),” which was composed by Shawn Kirchner of Los Angeles and based on work by the revered Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. Areté will also perform poetry set to music by composers including Samuel Barber, Benjamin Britten, Aaron Copland, Morten Lauridsen, James MacMillan, Gwyneth Walker and Eric Whitacre.

    The concert will feature the premiere of two songs by Areté member and composer Michael Bland. The Ojai resident studied at the Royal College of Music in London, singing for choral director Sir David Willcocks and performing in many of the great concert halls and cathedrals of England. He has also sung with Quire of Voyces, Adelfos Ensemble and the Old Mission choir in Santa Barbara. Bland studied music theory with organist and composer Adrian Cruft, a former pupil of Ralph Vaughan Williams.

    Tickets are $20 at the door or $15 if purchased online in advance. Cal Lutheran faculty, staff and students are free with ID. 

    Wyant Morton will conduct. He founded Areté, which is based at Cal Lutheran, with the goal of performing the widest possible vocal repertoire, including works from essentially all periods of music. Special attention is given to contemporary, experimental, improvisatory, “crossover” and ethnic music. The ensemble, which takes its name from the Greek word for excellence, focuses on performing the new, the unknown and the unconventional with energy, expertise and virtuosity. With uncompromising attention to musical detail and a passion for live performance Areté strives to provide a joyful, moving, educational and soul-nurturing experience.

    Morton, who is in his 25th year on the Cal Lutheran faculty, serves as director of choral and vocal activities and a professor of music. He also maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator appearing throughout the United States and Canada.

    The chapel is located at 165 Chapel Lane.

    Advance tickets purchased online are $15. Tickets at the door are $20. Student tickets are $10 with ID. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit


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