2015 Chancellor’s Concert

From 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. today (Sunday, April 12th), the Washington University Symphony Orchestra and Choirs presented the annual Chancellor’s Concert. The concert was held in the E. Desmond Lee Concert Hall in the 560 Music Center.

Steven Jarvi (orchestra) and Nicole Aldrich (choirs) were the conductors, and the concert featured Kate Reimann (soprano) and Keith Boyer (tenor). The program consisted of operatic favorites of Rossini, Verdi, Puccini, Strauss, and Wagner. Following the performance, there was a Friends of Music reception hosted by Chancellor Mark Wrighton.


Below is the program from the concert. There were a total of 11 songs performed.

  • Overture from La gazza ladra (1817)      Gioacchino Rossini (1792 – 1868)
  • “ Va, pensiero” from Nabucco (1841)      Giuseppe Verdi (1813 – 1901)
  • “Si, mi chiamano Mimì” from La bohème (1896)      Giacomo Puccini (1858 – 1924)
  • “La donna è mobile” from Rigoletto (1851)      Giuseppe Verdi
  • Intermezzo from Cavelleria rusticana (1890)      Pietro Mascagni (1863 – 1945)
  • “Je veux vivre” from Roméo et Juliette (1867)      Charles Gounod (1818 – 1893)
  • “Una furtiva lagrima” from L’elisir d’amore (1832)      Gaetano Donizetti (1797 – 1848)
  • “Sing to Love” from Die Fledermaus (1874)      Johann Strauss Jr. (1825 – 1899)
  • “O soave fanciulla” from La bohème (1896)      Giacomo Puccini
  • “Bridal Chorus” from Lohengrin (1846)      Richard Wagner (1813 – 1883)
  • “Brindisi” from La traviata (1853)      Giuseppe Verdi



I may be a little biased, since I played violin in the concert, but I think this performance is definitely the biggest (and most exciting) classical of the entire year. The Chancellor’s Concert only happens annually, and the Wash U musicians really know how to save up all their best playing ability/singing for this single hour. And as a musician, I know how many hours of practicing it takes in order to prepare for a short one-hour concert. The Wash U Symphony rehearses every Monday from 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. (not including transportation time in between). Moreover, the Wash U Orchestra alone has been practicing since late February and has had two rehearsals with the Wash U Choir before the dress rehearsal. This afternoon’s performance definitely showed how hard both groups worked these past few weeks!


In addition, the two soloists were incredible. As many of you may know, the opera singing style requires the singers to project their voice across the concert hall. Imagine singing over so many musicians onstage (both in the orchestra and choir).

Below are the biographies of both soloists:

Kate Reimann

Soprano Kate Reimann is a highly valued artist and voice teacher in the St. Louis community. She has sung with all four St. Louis opera companies, including Gateway Opera, a chamber opera company she cofounded. She has appeared as a soloist with The St. Louis Symphony in Beethoven’s Mass in C Major and Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and she will be featured as a soloist again in October in Nielsen’s Symphony No. 3. Recent roles include Waldvogel in Siegfried with Union Avenue Opera, The Widow in The Boor and Laetitia in The Old Maid and the Thief with Gateway Opera, Contessa Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro with Vancouver Summer Opera, and Sarah in The Ballad of Baby Doe with Winter Opera Saint Louis. As a principal singer with the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, Kate has made three trips to Carnegie Hall and covered solos in Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, Messiah, and Carmina Burana. In 2014 she sang in the United States premiere of Athanasios Argianas’ work, A Canon for Three Voices with Pulitzer Arts Foundation. She received her Master of Music degree from Washington University in 2012.

Keith Boyer
A gifted musician and actor, Keith Boyer has been entertaining audiences in the St. Louis area for over a decade. His drive and commitment to the art of entertaining have earned him numerous performance opportunities with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Union Avenue Opera Theatre, Winter Opera, Kingsbury Ensemble, Jacksonville Symphony Society, Gateway Symphony Orchestra, and concert performances at Carnegie Hall, the Sheldon Concert Hall, and Fair St. Louis.
Most recently, He was honored in 2014 to be recognized as the Best Male Opera Singer by the St. Louis Post Dispatch on “The Go! List 2014”. To put a cap on 2014, Keith performed the Brindisi duet from La Traviata to a sold out house on New Years Eve, under the direction of David Robertson. Upcoming performances include performances of Dubois’ Seven Last Words of Christ and a Pops Concert with the St. Louis Philharmonic. He currently resides just south of St. Louis with his wife Amanda and their three boys. In addition to singing with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Keith teaches Voice at Jefferson College, works as a freelance Stage Director and Musical Director, and works as a Design Consultant at Genovese Jewelers.



Check out the 2015 Chancellor’s Concert event page on the Music Department website: https://music.wustl.edu/events/721



Happy Sunday!

Nancy <33