Closing out the summer program at Idyllwild Arts Program will be the Festival Choir concert under the direction of Dr. Joe Modica.
This collection of young vocalists will undertake Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” at 1 p.m. on Aug. 18 at Idyllwild Arts and at 2 p.m. on Aug. 19 in the University of Redlands Memorial Chapel.
“We have really put an emphasis on recruiting highly talented high school musicians, most of which have been part of various honor choirs or come recommended by their music teachers. It seems that every year the choir improves, allowing us to perform very Challenging repertoire,” Dr. Modica said in a released statement.
The choir, composed of students from all over the United States, has a very demanding rehearsal schedule of about 8 hours a day.
The choral faculty all work with this age group on a regular basis and understand how to teach the repertoire efficiently, keeping the students’ vocal health at the forefront.
Modica said: “Lux Aeterna is just a wonderful piece and I think the audience will love it as much as the choristers. Since we are performing in the Memorial Chapel at the University of Redlands, I wanted to choose a piece which would feature the wonderful organ housed there.”
Performances at Idyllwild Arts and at the University of Redlands are free and open to the public.
Dr. Joseph Modica is the Director of Pastoral Music at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Hollywood, CA where he conducts three choirs and oversees an active music program.
He has served on the faculties of the University of South Carolina and Chapman University.
At Idyllwild Arts, Dr. Modica has Bach’s “Magnificat,” Bernstein’s “Chichester Psalms,” “Carmina Burana” by Carl Orff, and “Dona Nobis Pacem” by Vaughan Williams at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles.
For more information on the concert, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program or Idyllwild Arts, contact Darren Schilling at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 951 659 2171 x2339.