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An Exciting Year for Singers: Groban, 'Game of Thrones,' Montreal

Published on June 20, 2017

An Exciting Year for Singers: Groban, 'Game of Thrones,' Montreal

Student vocalists had an exciting 2015-16 academic year, singing in several high-profile productions including performances with Josh Groban and the "Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience," as well as a three-show tour in upstate New York and Montreal.

The Chamber Singers, Eastern's premier vocal ensemble, left such a positive impression when they performed with singer/songwriter Josh Groban in fall 2015 that they were asked to perform with him again at the Mohegan Sun Arena on July 29, 2016. The ensemble joined Groban on stage for "Dust and Ashes" and "You Raise me Up."

"It's particularly gratifying when professionals recognize Eastern's exceptional work," said David Belles, music professor and conductor at Eastern. "Having an artist of international acclaim ask us to perform is an honor. The University should be proud of these students."

Rehearsal for “Game of Thrones” concert

On Feb. 25, 19 students sang in the "Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience" at Mohegan Sun Arena. Led by renowned composer Ramin Djawadi, students performed in an epic three-hour concert alongside professional musicians before a sold-out crowd. The best compositions from "Game of Thrones" were brought to life with footage from famous scenes and special effects, capturing the grand scale of a series that has been hailed as one of the best television programs of all time.

"It was truly an honor and a privilege to work with and be conducted by Ramin Djawadi," said music major Hannah Bythrow '17. "The only word that can truly describe this experience is 'immersive.' Being able to even be one piece in this huge puzzle was inspiring and amazing."

The Chamber Singers embarked on its annual spring tour this past March, performing twice in upstate New York and once in Montreal. In its tour, titled "Poetry and Praise," the ensemble presented music that spans 400 years of history from both secular and sacred traditions.

"Poetry and Praise" was divided into two halves; the first featuring music dealing with topics of nature, the second examining various texts about devotion and praise from a sacred perspective. "Equally expressive, both halves of the program enlightened, informed and entertained audience members," concluded Belles.

Written by Michael Rouleau