Atlanta Opera Chorus to Present Program Representing 300 Years of Repertoire, 9/12-16

Atlanta Opera Chorus to Present Program Representing 300 Years of Repertoire, 9/12-16

In celebration of his 25th anniversary year with The Atlanta Opera, Chorus Master Walter Huff will lead the Atlanta Opera Chorus in a program of masterpieces representing 300 years of operatic choral repertoire.

The three concerts feature the powerfully moving voice of the acclaimed Atlanta Opera Chorus, conducted by Maestro Huff and accompanied by pianist Brian Eads.

Sopranos Leah Partridge and Indra Thomas, tenors Victor Ryan Robertson and Timothy Miller, and special guests William Fred Scott and Lois Reitzes join the chorus for selections of well-known masterpieces by Verdi, Mozart, Puccini, Wagner, Bizet, Britten, and Glass, among others. The evening will include performances of "Va, pensiero" from Verdi's Nabucco, the Cigarette Chorus from Bizet's Carmen, the Brindisi from Verdi's La Traviata, the Moon Chorus from Puccini's Turandot, the Easter Chorus from Mascagni's Cavalleria Rusticana, and the final chorus from Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.

The performances will take place on Friday, September 12, at 8 p.m., and Sunday, September 14, at 3 p.m., at Emory University's Schwartz Center, and Tuesday, September 16, at 8 p.m. at Kennesaw State University's Bailey Performance Center.

Tickets for the Friday, September 12, and Sunday, September 14, concerts at Emory University are $40; discount category members $32 (Emory students $10 Friday performance only). For tickets and information please call the Arts at Emory Box Office at 404-727-5050 or visit

Tickets for the Tuesday, September 16 concert at Kennesaw State University are $15-55 and go on sale Monday, August 18, 2014 at 10:00 AM. For more information and tickets, visit

Choral Silver Celebration: An Evening of Great Operatic Choruses

Walter Huff, chorus master and conductor

Rolando Salazar, assistant chorus master

Brian Eads, pianist


VERDI "Fuoco di gioia" from Otello

VERDI "Brindisi" from La Traviata

MOZART "Placido e il mar" from Idomeneo

LEONCAVALLO Bell Chorus from Pagliacci

VERDI "Zitti, ziti" from Rigoletto

BIZET Cigarette Chorus from Carmen

VERDI "Va, pensiero" from Nabucco

PHILIP GLASS Psalm 104 from Akhnaten

WAGNER Pilgrims' Chorus from Tannhäuser

PUCCINI "Moon Chorus" from Turandot

BRITTEN "Who Holds Himself Apart" from Peter Grimes

GERSHWIN "Oh Lord, I'm on My Way" from Porgy and Bess

MASCAGNI "Inneggiamo il Signor" from Cavalleria Rusticana

About the Artists

WALTER HUFF Throughout his twenty-five years of service as Chorus Master, Huff has guided the Atlanta Opera Chorus in more than one hundred mainstage productions in six major Atlanta venues, influencing countless Atlanta Opera Chorus singers under his leadership. Huff holds a bachelor of music degree from Oberlin College-Conservatory and a master of music degree from Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore). Throughout his career, Huff has served as conductor, vocal coach, and collaborative pianist throughout the United States and Europe, holding positions such as vocal coach with the Washington National Opera, Peabody Opera Theater, Tanglewood Music Center, Atlanta Opera, and Actor's Express theater. In addition he has served as chorus master with the San Diego Opera. For four years, Huff was a faculty member of Georgia State University as assistant professor, vocal coach, and conductor of the Georgia State University Choral Society. In 2013, he was appointed full time faculty/associate professor of choral conducting at Indiana University's esteemed Jacobs School of Music