Video: Len Ratzlaff teaching to the choir

UAlberta chorus master talks about choir conducting, the Madrigal Singers and U of A Music’s 50th anniversary

For the first in a series of video interviews celebrating the University of Alberta Department of Music’s 50th Anniversary, we caught up with Professor Len Ratzlaff.

Video Credits: Grant Wang. Multimedia Technician, Faculty of Arts, University of Alberta
Directed by: Steve Glassman with assistance from Russell Baker and TJ Jans

The University of Alberta’s 50th Anniversary Music Celebrations concert is set for the afternoon of Sunday, January 24 at the Winspear Centre with a dynamic roster of student, faculty and alumni talent. Lobby performances and displays begin at 2 p.m. The concert in the Winspear’s Enmax Theatre is at 3 p.m.

More than 120 choral artists, including members of the Madrigal Singers and U of A Concert Choir, along with U of A alumni members of the Richard Eaton Singers, will fill the choir loft and concert hall with their soaring voices, performing two movements from Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 (also known as the Choral) by Beethoven. The choir will be prepared by two chorus masters, distinguished U of A professor Leonard Ratzlaff and recent DMus graduate Rob Curtis, and performed alongside student musicians of the University of Alberta Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Petar Dundjerski.