Monday, Apr. 19, 2010 11:30 am

GRINNELL, IA—The Grinnell Singers, a 50-voice choral ensemble from Grinnell College, will perform Rachmaninov’s “Vespers” at St. Cecilia’s Cathedral in Omaha, on Sun., May 2, at 8 p.m.

The Grinnell Singers, known for their innovative and adventurous choral programming, are directed by Grinnell Professor of Music John Rommereim. The ensemble, which has premiered more than 20 choral works in the past five years, performed in Portland and Seattle area churches in March as part of a spring break tour.

The Rachmaninov work is often acknowledged as the “finest achievement among the distinguished body of choral music that appeared in Russian prior to the 1917 revolution” and “requires a choir of consummate artistry to achieve the requisite spiritual simplicity and depth of expression.”

Rommereim’s scholarly work is centered in the areas of Russian choral music and early music performance, and he has established a reputation as a composer of choral and instrumental works. The New York Times recently praised the “richly expressive” character of his vocal writing, and he has been the recipient of commissions from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Iowa Choral Directors Association, and the Iowa Arts Council. In 2009, Rommereim published an English translation and analysis of Russian vocal performance practice in place at the turn of the 20th century.

For more information about Grinnell Singers, go to St. Cecelia’s Cathedral is located at 701 North 40th St. in Omaha.

Grinnell College is a nationally recognized, private, four year, liberal arts college located in Grinnell, Iowa. Founded in 1846, Grinnell enrolls 1,600 students from all 50 states and from as many international countries in more than 26 major fields, interdisciplinary concentrations, and pre-professional programs.