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UTSA opens holiday season with 'Magnificat'

By Ashley Harris
Public Affairs Specialist

(Nov. 16, 2006)--The UTSA Department of Music will present the John Rutter masterpiece, "Magnificat," at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 19 in the Arts Building Recital Hall on the 1604 Campus.

Conducted by UTSA Associate Professor Gary Mabry, the UTSA orchestra, chorus, concert choir and women's choir will usher in the holiday season with the piece based on scripture.

"Magnificat," originally a liturgical song taken from the Bible (Luke I: 46-55), formed part of the ancient service of Vespers in the medieval Roman rite. Inspired by "Magnificat" composed by J. S. Bach, Rutter's version was first performed in 1990 at Carnegie Hall.

Rutter, whose compositions are chiefly choral and include Christmas carols and anthems, was hailed by NBC's "Today Show" as "the world's greatest living composer and conductor of choral music."

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5 for students, military and seniors with ID by calling (210) 458-5685.

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