***This Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm***
ENSEMBLE COMPANIO, an award-winning volunteer chamber choir, was founded in 2011 by a group of Cornellians who sang together in the Cornell Chorus and Glee Club. Although not officially affiliated with Cornell University, a majority of the singers are Cornellians.
The choir, conducted by Michael Weinberg, is proud to announce the second performance of its 2017 program entitled Hope Is My Philosophy. Hosted by The Capital Hearings, Ensemble Companio will perform at All Souls Memorial Episcopal Church in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 8:00 pm.
Hope Is my Philosophy -- a concert that reflects on humanity’s enduring capacity for learning, overcoming challenges, and connecting with one another -- features works by Brahms, Victoria, Rachmaninov, Ysaye Barnwell, Bobby McFerrin, and others, spanning a variety of genres including classical, spiritual, popular, folk, and world music. Tickets are $20 for adults / $10 for seniors and students when purchased online at Eventbrite. Admission at the door is $25 for adults / $12 for seniors and students.
The 26 accomplished choral musicians of Ensemble Companio hail from across the Eastern seaboard and perform together throughout the Eastern United States. Founded in 2011 by director emeritus Joseph Gregorio, Ensemble Companio takes its name from a Latin form of “companion,” whose historical meaning is “one with whom one shares bread.” The name reflects the musicians’ belief that sharing in choral music, like the sharing of food, is an essential, nourishing, and healing experience. Ensemble Companio’s mission is to build bridges between people through authentic, inspiring performances of the finest choral music.
Ensemble Companio was awarded the 2012 American Prize in Choral Performance (Community Chorus division) for its vibrant sound and moving interpretations, and was invited to perform at the 2013 Fall Conference of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. Ensemble Companio was also invited to present at the 2016 Chorus America conference on the uniquely accessible community chorus model it created to allow ambitious, working young professionals to perform in an elite chamber choir. In 2016, with a supporting grant from Awesome Without Borders, Ensemble Companio recorded its first studio album.
Contact: Cailin Wilke '06, (VP, Cornell Chorus, 2005-2006) firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on Ensemble Companio is available at: www.ensemblecompanio.org