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Bringing Loyola Choruses, Faculty, and the Lincoln Trio together for a remembrance of Anne Frank

Bringing Loyola Choruses, Faculty, and the Lincoln Trio together for a remembrance of Anne Frank

“If Anne could be with us tonight, I know she would shed tears of joy and pride, and she would be so happy—happy the way I remember when I saw her last.” These words were spoken by Bernd Elias, Anne Frank’s first cousin, before the first performance of “Annelies”.

English composer, James Whitbourn turned to the diary of Anne Frank as inspiration for the writing of his large-scale choral work. The work titled, “Annelies” (Anne Frank’s full name), exists in two versions, a full symphony orchestra and a more intimate telling of a small chamber group. Both versions of the work have identical vocal writing.

Loyola University Chicago’s Music Program will combine their University Chorale, Chamber Choir, and Women’s Chorus to perform this translation and distillation of Frank’s diary Sunday, March 24th in Mundelein Auditorium at 3:00pm. The performance will feature a variety of guests: Erica Schuller, soprano, the Grammy-nominated Lincoln Trio, and Loyola music faculty, including clarinet professor, Corey Tiffin. The Holocaust Museum is graciously sponsoring the event and will have the Vice President of the Museum as a guest speaker and  the audience will have 30 Holocaust survivors, one of whom will be speaking before the performance. The performance will not holy honor those who have survived the horrific events but to emphasize the incredible power of storytelling with music in order to connect the audience and more emotional level.

The Lincoln Trio is a highly praised Chicago-based chamber group consisting of Desiree Ruhstrat, violin, David Cunliffe, cello, and Marta Aznavoorian, piano. Each member is an internationally renowned and continues to present highly polished performances of well-known chamber works as well as perform contemporary repertoire. International engagements of the group include performances in Europe, Asia, and South America, performing numerous compositions that were written especially for them. Some of these compositions include premieres of seven trio’s by members of the Chicago Composers Consortium, a Chamber Music America award commission with Laura Elise Schwendinger, and works by Stacy Garrop, Mischa Zupko, Janice Misurell-Mitchell, and many more. The group has had residencies at the Music Institute of Chicago as well as San Francisco State University, University of Wisconsin Madison, and SUNY Fredonia as well as currently Artist-In-Residence at the MERIT School of Music. 

Cory Tiffin is the clarinet applied instructor at Loyola University Chicago. As a performer and teaching artist on the rise, Tiffin attended DePaul University’s School of Music as a student of Larry Combs, Julie DeRoche, and Wagner Campos. Tiffin currently holds the principal clarinetist chair for the Las Vegas Philharmonic and has served as the principal clarinetist of the Green Bay Symphony, the Beethoven Festival Orchestra, the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, along with many other orchestras throughout the country. Along with being on the faculty at Loyola University Chicago, Tiffin works with Chicago High School for the Arts, is an affiliated private instructor at The University of Chicago, an adjunct faculty member at the DePaul University School of Music, and maintains a private studio in both Chicago and Las Vegas.

Erica Schuller is known as a versatile performer and has made several appearances as leading and supporting operatic roles with The Boston Early Music Festival and concert appearances with Apollo’s Fire and New Trinity Baroque. Schuller’s past education includes a Master of Music from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, and she holds degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education from Eastman School of Music. She currently teaches voice lessons in Chicago. 

In addition to the 75 min performance, the concert will be preceded by a talk by a guest Holocaust survivor, Aaron Elster, at 2:00pm in the Skowronski Music Hall on the second floor of the Mundelein Center of Fine and Performing Arts and will be followed with a reception co-hosted by Hillel and the Department of Fine and Performing Arts. The Illinois Holocaust Museum, Campus Ministry, Hillel, and the Gannon Center are other organizations that are involved in this performance.

Tickets for the performance are available at http://artsevents.luc.edu/event/a39f6aff255842eb974672af35ec5da4