Paul Creative Arts Center
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The Choral Gala is a combined concert with the UNH Concert Choir and student vocalists from area high schools under the direction of Prof. William Kempster.
UNH invites students from the area high schools to sing with the UNH Concert Choir on a major choral work with orchestra on a designated Saturday each January. During the evening performance, high school choruses also have the opportunity to perform as individual school choirs or chamber groups. For the combined choral work, Dr. Kempster provides scores to the high school students in advance of the concert. On the day of the performance, the students participate in sectional rehearsals and hold a full dress rehearsal prior to the concert.
The Choral Gala is a large and vibrant event. Nearly 300 performers participate to large and enthusiastic audiences. Past galas have included Haydn’s Die Schöpfung, Berlioz’ Te Deum, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mozart’s Requiem, and Kodály's Missa Brevis.