Concert features Beatles and Britten tunes

Fourth Arete season at CLU to focus on British music

Areté focuses on performing the new, the unknown and the unconventional with energy, passion, expertise and virtuosity.

Photo: Brian Stethem

(THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Oct. 24, 2012) Areté Vocal Ensemble will open its fourth season at California Lutheran University with a concert of British music by The Beatles and a 20th century composer known for his choral works.

“The British Are Coming!” will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, in Samuelson Chapel. This is the first of two concerts commemorating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the English composer Benjamin Britten and the 50th anniversary of the formation of The Beatles.

The program will include Beatles favorites “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “In My Life,” “Something,” “Let It Be,” “I’ll Follow the Sun” and the Medley Mash-Up. Popular songs by Britten will include “A Shepherd’s Carol,” “A Charm of Lullabies,” op. 41, “The Last Rose of Summer,” “Rejoice in the Lamb,” op. 30, and “Cabaret Songs.”

Areté is an innovative professional ensemble of vocal artists based at CLU. Music director and conductor Wyant Morton created the ensemble with the goal of performing the widest possible vocal and choral repertoire, including works from essentially all periods of music. Special attention is given to contemporary, experimental, improvisatory, “cross-over” and ethnic music.

The ensemble, which takes its name from the Greek word meaning striving for excellence, focuses on performing the new, the unknown and the unconventional with energy, passion, expertise and virtuosity. Through the combined power of words and music, an uncompromising attention to musical detail and a passion for live performance, Areté offers audiences a joyful, moving, educational and soul-nurturing experience.

Wyant Morton is director of choral and vocal activities, chair of the music department and a professor of music at CLU. He also maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator appearing throughout the United States and Canada.

The chapel is located south of Olsen Road near the corner of Campus Drive in Thousand Oaks. Additional parking is available at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard.

Tickets purchased in advance are $15. Tickets purchased at the door are $20 and $10 for students with ID. Children under 12 are free. For information or to purchase tickets, visit