The NYU Madrigal Singers, directed by Nancy Shankman, and NYU Jazz Choir, directed by Ira Shankman, were invited by Dr. James Mirrione, associate professor from the United Arab Emirates University, to bring our ensembles to his university to perform so his students (women and men on separate campuses) could be exposed to different genres of choral singing. He received a grant to support an initiative of bringing a variety of arts experiences to his students. In total, 22 singers brought music to Abu Dhabi.
Concerts were presented at the Bawadi Mall in Al Ain, the United Arab Emirates University, the American University at Sharjah, and at NYU Abu Dhabi. The goal was to share the love of singing and music with students from other cultures.
The Madrigal Singers performed 8 songs in 5 languages, including traditional secular madrigals from the renaissance and current selections such as “Bridge over Troubled Water,” “Alma Corazon” and “Espresso Samba.”
The jazz choir performed seven pieces including “Rosanna,” “Penny Lane” and “Pass Me the Jazz,”
The students met colleagues from each of the three campuses and described it as an “amazing and inspiring experience,” The groups are hoping to return to Abu Dhabi to continue to work with the students and professors.
For more information on the program, please read Sallie Isobel Moffat's article here.