This preview has been provided by riverdeep.

It isn’t often you attend a concert and hear Francis Poulenc and Leonard Cohen in the same evening.  It isn’t often you find an ensemble equally at home with Arvo Pärt and Duke Ellington.  For riverdeep, the Triangle’s premier professional male chamber choir, this is standard fare.

riverdeep was founded by Dr. William Adams and Jeff Clark in 2010 with the goal of creating a high caliber men’s choral ensemble that would present music from “the Renaissance to Rockapella.”  The men of riverdeep are invited from the ranks of the best male choral singers throughout the Triangle.  Their debut concert in February 2011 was enthusiastically received by a capacity crowd.

On October 19 and 20, 2013,  riverdeep returns to present a challenging and exciting program of contemporary music for male choir.  The concert is divided into four sets.  The first set will be contemporary works which involve accompaniment.  Joining riverdeep for this concert is pianist Dr. Anatoly Larkin, and percussionist Kevin Holland.  Featured in this set are Randall Thompson’s “Tarantella” and Bob Chilcott’s gripping “Five Ways to Kill a Man.”  The all a cappella second set of the program includes Francis Poulenc’s “Quatre Petites Prières de Saint François d’Assise” and a world premiere of William Adams’ “Tread Softly” which features guest soprano Patty Philipps.  A prominent part of the debut concert was an attention to world music and this concert will be no different.  Their third set will include pieces in German, Russian, Hindi, and Portuguese.  Their final set will be a jaunt through various styles of close harmony a cappella including barbershop, pop, and vocal jazz.  The full program is listed below.

General Admission is $20. Tickets may be purchased at the door, in advance from a member of riverdeep, or online. 

For the October 19 concert at Edenton Street UMC:


For the October 20 concert at Eno River UU Fellowship


Complete event details are on the group’s website,


What: Contemporary Music for Male Choir

When and Where:

            Saturday, October 19, 7:30 p.m.

            Kerr Hall

            Edenton Street United Methodist Church

            228 W Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27603

            Sunday, October 20, 4:00 p.m.

            Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship 

            4907 Garrett Road, Durham, NC 27707

Admission: General Admission: $20

            Oct 19 – Edenton Street –

            Oct 20 – Eno River UU –

More information:


Randall Thompson – Tarantella

Benjamin Britten – The Ballad of Little Musgrave and Lady Barnard

Arvo Pärt – De Profundis

Bob Chilcott – Five Ways to Kill a Man

Francis Poulenc – Quatre Petites Prières de Saint François d’Assise

Timothy C. Takach – Things I Didn’t Know I Loved

William Adams – Tread Softly

Traditional Indian / Arr Sperry – Ramkali

Richard Strauss – Traumlicht

Nikolai Golovanov – Milost’ Mira

Traditional Brazilian / Arr Afonso – Siriri

Van Heusen / Arr Keller – Come Fly With Me

Duke Ellington / Arr Sund – Sophisticated Lady

Leonard Cohen / Arr Blue Jupiter – Hallelujah

Billy Joel / Arr Lawson – Lullabye

Lee Holdridge / Arr Gentry – An American Hymn


riverdeep was founded in 2010 by Dr. William Adams and Jeff Clark to establish a premier men’s chamber ensemble of the finest male singers in the region.  riverdeep routinely programs music across multiple genres and eras, from the Renaissance to new commissions and from Classical through contemporary close harmony and jazz.