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Classical music news: Attention singers — Madison Summer Choir rehearsals for Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” begin Tuesday and Wednesday | May 29, 2010

By Jacob Stockinger

If you’re a singer – especially a choral singer who has sung in the UW Choral Union or the Madison Symphony Orchestra or some other community choir — you might want to know that a major community chorus event will start this Tuesday and Wednesday.

Ben Luedcke returns for the second year to direct the Madison Summer Choir, a registered student organization.

The choir will rehearse for six weeks on Monday and Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. in Room 1351 of the Mosse Humanities Building, 455 N. park St., on the UW campus, beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, June 1. (The other rehearsal that week is on Wednesday, June 2, due to the Memorial Day holiday on Monday, May 31).

There will be an evening dress rehearsal on Thursday, July 8 at a time to be announced.

The culminating concert – FREE, UNTICKETED and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC – will be on Friday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m in Mills Hall and will feature selections on a theme of light, including “Lux Aeterna” by Morten Lauridsen (below), to be performed with a small orchestra, and several a cappella selections.

No auditions are required for singers who have been in an auditioned choir at the School of Music or in the community; others should contact Ben Luedcke at

It should be some beautiful music making.

Here is a sample of the opening organ and choral movement of Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” (you might have to turn up the volume, as I did):

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