Calendar

Sep
25
Tue
Encore Singers Open Rehearsal
Sep 25 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

The Encore Singers, a community chorale based in Cary, invites singers to join them at a rehearsal, August 28 – September – 25. For this season our theme will be “Merry Christmas Memories”. Auditions are not required. Performances start after Thanksgiving. Membership requirements are enthusiasm and love of singing. Rehearsals are held Tuesdays from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, at the Chapel Assembly in the Glenaire Retirement Community, 4000 Glenaire Circle, Cary, North Carolina 27511-3884.

Sep
27
Thu
PopUp Broadway sings songs from Les Misérables
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm

Come sing these songs from Les Misérables! Remember, everyone is welcome, regardless of vocal ability or experience. Come if you love to sing and come if you love Broadway and musicals!

Remind yourself of the two songs that we will learn, record and film – “Do You Hear The People Sing?” and” I Dreamed A Dream.” “The Confrontation” will be a bonus sing-along song that will not be recorded.

Are you new to PopUp Broadway?

PopUp Broadway is conducted by Dr. Allan Friedman. Allan is the music director at Durham’s Judea Reform Congregation and artistic director of Women’s Voices Chorus, and was a choral conductor for Duke Chapel Music for eight years. He is joined by Dr. Deborah Hollis, a much-loved area accompanist and piano teacher. Deborah plays the piano as the singers learn and perform the material.

“This is a low-pressure, high-fun event. You don’t need to be able to sing well, and you don’t need to know anyone else who is going,” says conductor Allan Freidman. “No one will judge you for your voice or your knowledge. It’s a chance to make great music in a welcoming setting with minimal commitment. Singing, especially group singing, makes you feel good!”Do you like to sing? Do you have fantasies of being on a Broadway stage? Do you adore musicals and Broadway shows? Did you sing and perform in high school or college and do you miss it? If you sing in the shower, in your car, or along to your favorite soundtrack recording then you belong in PopUp Chorus Broadway!

At our monthly events, folks come together to learn and perform two fabulous show tunes. We spend about 40 minutes learning each song before moving on to a final performance, which is filmed and recorded. We always have one or two sing-along bonus songs for even MORE fun!

Everybody is welcome! We are a drop-in chorus that invites all people who love to sing – regardless of experience – to join us. No audition or monthly commitment is required – just show up at The ArtsCenter to sing.

It is never too early to start familiarizing yourself with the material for this event! Feel free to listen to the original cast recordings of these two songs, or any of the other versions you will find on YouTube.

Remember, Allan will teach these songs, so it is fine to attend even if you have not heard the songs before. You will learn them and have great fun!

Come be a part of the chorus (line), ensemble and cast. PopUp Broadway is everybody’s opening night, your chance to sing the show tunes you love, and maybe even discover a new song and show!

Drinks available from the bar. Free parking in the multi-story parking deck adjacent to The ArtsCenter.
At ArtsCenter, Carrboro
6:30PM Doors – 7PM Show
$8 Students, $13 Adults (w/ticket fee and tax added)

Sep
29
Sat
Bull City A Cappella Slam
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm

Join Heart of Carolina A Cappella for an evening of spine-tingling harmonies and incredible music. Special guests include Avante, the UNC Clef Hangers, and the Northern High School Chorus. Enjoy a wide repertoire of incredible music performed by these amazing groups of singers!

Oct
6
Sat
Bel Canto Company – Nature
Oct 6 @ 8:00 pm

The opening concert of our 36th Annual Concert Series features music inspired by “nature” … the natural world, the supernatural, and human nature. Featuring the signature Bel Canto sound, the music for this concert will take advantage of the lush, cathedral-like acoustics of downtown Greensboro’s breathtakingly beautiful First Presbyterian Church.

Oct
7
Sun
Luminous Sequences in the Music of Arvo Pärt
Oct 7 @ 3:30 pm

Yoga in Christ presents “Luminous Sequences” featuring the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt in a concert of choral and instrumental music.

A vocal ensemble directed by Dr. Nathan Leaf, Choral Director at NCSU will sing. Singers in the ensemble include Caitlin Shirley, Kathleen Jasinskas, Jennifer Sieger, Jenn Myers, Aaron Carlyle, Will Booker, Cole Nash, and Bill Adams.

Elizabeth Beilman, cellist with the NC Symphony, will be accompanied by Thomas Swenson, professor at UNCSA on piano. Nativity’s organist, Jason Pace will accompany the choir. Bret Batman and Barbara Brege will guide gentle movements for those who are able.
Free – donations appreciated.

All music by the composer Arvo Pärt
Choral Works:
-Da Pacem
-De Profundis
-Missa Sillabica: Credo
-VI: O König aller Völker
-The Beatitudes
-Littlemore Tractus”

Cello and Piano:
-Fratres
-Spiegel im Spiegel

Organ:
-Annum par Annum

Oct
8
Mon
Bel Canto Company – Nature
Oct 8 @ 7:30 pm

The opening concert of our 36th Annual Concert Series features music inspired by “nature” … the natural world, the supernatural, and human nature. Featuring the signature Bel Canto sound, the music for this concert will take advantage of the lush, cathedral-like acoustics of downtown Greensboro’s breathtakingly beautiful First Presbyterian Church.

Oct
11
Thu
Raleigh Boychoir Auditions
Oct 11 @ 5:00 pm

Why join the Raleigh Boychoir?

  • It’s fun and unlike any other music class or chorus experience at school or in the community.
  • We travel nationally and internationally, and perform in the top performance venues, like Carnegie Hall in NYC.
  • Our program builds character, offers meaningful opportunities for leadership,  teaches discipline and challenges boys to reach beyond what they believed they could achieve personally and musically!
  • Provides exceptional music education training, developing a lifelong love of music in our members.
  • Raleigh Boychoir is one of the premier professional performance ensembles in the state!

Oct
12
Fri
A Night In Italy
Oct 12 @ 7:00 pm

Italy’s musical and artistic output during the Renaissance influenced all of Europe. In particular, the wealth of the port city of Venice and its Cathedral of St. Mark put even the Vatican’s music to shame. They supported and employed musicians like Claudio Monteverdi and Giovani Gabrieli whose compositions were so substantial that centuries later Bach used and built upon their musical styles. The result is a stunningly beautiful and vibrant body of music which gives voices to every point on the pendulum of human emotion. Together, the Raleigh Bach Soloists, the North Carolina Baroque Chamber Players, and the Washington Cornet and Sackbut Ensemble will bring this music to life in our very own church on October 12 at 7pm.

This evening we take our inspiration from the famed service of vespers of St. Mark’s, Venice, in which settings of the Psalms are scored for brass, strings, and often multiple choirs singing at once. This concert will feature the Washington Cornet and Sackbut Ensemble. Sackbuts, the precursor to the modern day trombone, were common place instruments to play with voices in the Renaissance but are rarely heard today.

A reception will take place at intermission where you’ll have the chance socialize with friends and greet our musicians. Tickets are available at the door and at: https://ccral.org/worship/concert-series

Oct
13
Sat
Unsung Heroes with the Raleigh Boychoir
Oct 13 @ 7:00 pm

This concert will feature overlooked music from the past and present, including pieces by women composers and musicians whose contributions impacted music. We are excited to welcome the Middle Creek High School Concert Singers under the direction of Andrea Siedschlag

Oct
16
Tue
Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir
Oct 16 @ 8:00 pm

Founded in 1932, the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir is the oldest and largest children’s concert choir in the Czech Republic. This award-winning ensemble has been a staple of Czech radio broadcasts, orchestral performances, and opera and theatre productions for close to a century. Like the Latvian Radio Choir (coming to Duke Chapel on November 15), the Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir is a beloved choral institution in the Central and Eastern European tradition and one of its country’s most prized cultural exports.

In the soaring and contemplative space of Duke Chapel, the forty-five member ensemble — selected from the 900 children in the choir’s training program — sings a program of sacred music from the renaissance to the present. The concert includes Victoria’s intricate polyphonic rendering of a plainchant Ave Maria, and continues in a Marian vein with Czech composer Jan Novák’s Ave Maria; Schubert’s Salve Regina; Carl Maria von Weber’s Maria Wiegenlied; and Ivan Kurz’s Maria, Mater Nostra. Among the living Czech composers on the program is Slavomír Hořínka, whose Laudate Dominum is beautifully evocative of ancient liturgical chant.

Program

  • Jacob Handl Gallus: Pueri Concinite
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria: Ave Maria
  • Ivan Kurz: Maria, Mater Nostra (Precatio)
  • Slavomír Hořínka: Laudate Dominum
  • Franz Schubert: Salve Regina
  • Leonard Bernstein: Gloria Tibi
  • Felix Mendelssohn: Veni Domine
  • Jan Novák: Gloria and Ave Maria
  • Benjamin Britten: This Little Babe, Balulalow, and Deo Gratias from A Ceremony of Carols
  • Randall Thompson: Alleluia
  • Carl Maria von Weber: Maria Wiegenlied
  • Arvo Pärt: Peace Be Upon You, Jerusalem and Zwei Beter
Oct
27
Sat
The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass with the Concert Singers of Cary
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

Featured Guest Band: Hank, Pattie, and The Current

Carol Barnett’s inspiring fusion of bluegrass music with traditional choir is a uniquely captivating and thrilling piece of music. With Hank, Pattie, and The Current as our featured guest band.

Nov
10
Sat
Life, Love & Nature
Nov 10 @ 7:30 pm

Poetic expression of life, love & nature through choral music.

Romancero Gitano, Op. 152 – Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco for mixed chorus and guitar, with guest guitarist Carey Harwood. based on poems by Frederico Garcia Lorca

Songs of Nature, Op. 63 – Antonin Dvorákbased on poems by Vitezlav Hálek

Liebeslieder Walzer, Op. 52 – Johannes Brahms, for mixed chorus and piano (4 hands) played by Shoko Abe and guest Robert Buxton, based on Georg Friedrich Daumer’s Polydora, a collection of folks songs and love poems.

Nov
15
Thu
Latvian Radio Choir
Nov 15 @ 8:00 pm

Founded in the dark days of 1940, at the beginning of the country’s occupation by the Soviet Union, the Latvian Radio Choir takes an unconventional approach to choral music, foregrounding the unique timbre of each of its twenty-four virtuoso singers. Rather than asking these talented musicians to sacrifice their individuality for the sake of a smoothly blended and unified sound, conductors Sigvards Kļava and Kaspars Putniņš trust them to sing out, creating what they call a “timbral bouquet.” To augment its already broad repertoire, the choir commissions ten new works by Latvian composers each year.

At Duke Chapel, the Latvijas Radio Koris, as they are known at home, sing a largely sacred program of music from the sixteenth century to the present day. Their program is bookended by two Venetian renaissance motets from Giovanni Gabrieli’s Sacrae Symphoniae, and includes early sacred works by Gesualdo and Purcell; modern sacred works by Stravinsky, Messiaen, and Pärt; and arrangements of haunting Mahler lieder — Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen and Die zwei blauen Augen — that work beautifully in a sacred context. The concert would not be complete without a Latvian composition: Pēteris Vasks’ Our Mothers’ Names, which mixes ancient sonorities with stunning modern counterpoint.

Program

  • Giovanni Gabrieli: Deus in Nomine Tuo from Sacrae Symphoniae 1615
  • Gustav Mahler, arr. Gottwald: Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen and Die zwei blauen Augen
  • Arvo Pärt: Nunc Dimittis
  • Peteris Vasks: Our Mothers’ Names
  • Henry Purcell, arr. Sandstrom: Hear My Prayer, O Lord
  • Igor Stravinsky: Pater Noster, Ave Maria, and Credo
  • Olivier Messiaen, arr. Gottwald: Louange à l’éternité de Jésus
  • Carlo Gesualdo, arr. Stravinsky: Tres Sacrae Cantiones : Da Pacem Domine, Assumpta Est Maria, Illumina nos Misericordiarum
  • Gustav Mahler, arr. Pesson: Adagietto
  • Giovanni Gabrieli: Jubilemus Singuli from Sacrae Symphionae 1627
Dec
1
Sat
Bel Canto Company – JOYFUL NOËL
Dec 1 @ 8:00 pm

The holiday season officially begins with Bel Canto’s annual holiday concert! Get in the holiday mood with gorgeous settings and fun arrangements of  your favorite holiday melodies.

Dec
2
Sun
Bel Canto Company – The Night Before Christmas
Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm

Join us for a FREE community concert in the Van Dyke Performance Space in Downtown Greensboro. Featuring opportunities to sing along with Bel Canto, this family friendly, 45-minute concert is perfect for “kids form 1 to 92!”

Dec
3
Mon
Bel Canto Company – JOYFUL NOËL
Dec 3 @ 5:30 pm

The holiday season officially begins with Bel Canto’s annual holiday concert! Get in the holiday mood with gorgeous settings and fun arrangements of  your favorite holiday melodies.

Dec
7
Fri
New York Polyphony Sing Thee Nowell
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm

Praised for “a rich, natural sound that’s larger and more complex than the sum of its parts” by NPR, and for “beautifully blended voices of individual distinction” (The Independent), New York Polyphony has made a name for itself by exploring the similarities between ancient and modern music. Known for their “resplendent and elegant” recordings of renaissance masterpieces (San Francisco Chronicle), these four singers have also commissioned many new works from living composers. Twice nominated for a GRAMMY Award, New York Polyphony is one of the world’s most sought-after male vocal quartets.

At Duke Performances, the quartet offers Sing Thee Nowell, an evening of exquisite sacred Christmas music. Spanning nine centuries, New York Polyphony sings early polyphonic works by Pérotin and Byttering; lush new compositions inspired by ancient music from living composers Andrew Smith and Michael McGlynn; arrangements of Basque carols both rousing and tender by Alexander Craig and Sir David Willcocks; the haunting Huron Carol (1643), the first Christmas music written in North America; Thomas Tallis’s Audivi Vocem de Caelo; and folklorist John Jacob Niles’ poignant I Wonder As I Wander, based on an Appalachian song fragment collected in Murphy, North Carolina in 1933.

Program

  • Andrew Smith: Veni Redemptor Gentium
  • Pérotin: Sederunt Principes
  • Pérotin/Worcester Fragments: Beata Viscera
  • Andrew Smith: Ave Maria/Noël nouvelet
  • Traditional Huron/Canadian, arr. Murray: Huron Carol
  • Traditional French, arr. Craig: Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabella
  • Thomas Byttering: Nesciens Mater
  • Thomas Tallis: Audivi Vocem de Caelo
  • Michael McGlynn: O Pia Virgo Mater
  • Traditional English, arr. Andrew Smith: Nowell : Out of Your Sleep
  • Traditional Basque, arr. Alexander Craig: The Angel Gabriel from Heaven Came
  • Traditional Basque, arr. Sir David Willcocks: Sing Lullaby
  • Traditional English, arr. Geoffrey Williams: Adam Lay YBounden
  • Traditional American, arr. Paul Manz: E’en So, Lord Jesus, Quickly Come
  • Traditional Appalachian/John Jacob Niles, arr. Geoffrey Williams: I Wonder As I Wander
  • Camille Saint-Saëns: Serenade d’hiver
  • Traditional, arr. Alexander Craig: The Darkest Midnight in December
Dec
8
Sat
Concerts for the Christmas Holiday – Choral Society of Durham
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

La Fiesta de la Posada by Dave Brubeck

Composed in 1975 and lasting about 45 minutes the work is scored for a unison children’s chorus, SATB chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass soloists and Orchestra with Guitar.

Dave Brubeck’s comments on the piece include a description of the posada and an explanation of his attraction to the subject: “[A] custom depicting Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging on the eve of her confinement, is re-enacted from December 16 to Christmas Eve throughout Latin America and in our own Southwest. Religious and secular traditions, never far apart in the lives of most Mexican villages, are at Christmas indefinably joined.

Details of las posadas may vary from region to region, but certain essentials remain wherever the custom is observed. Children, always an important part of the festivities, join with adults to form a torch and lantern procession and the streets become as crowded and bustling as ancient Bethlehem’s at census time. Joseph leads a donkey bearing a young girl dressed as The Virgin, or perhaps the children carry a litter of pine boughs which holds decorated clay figures of the Holy Family.

As the procession of villagers winds through the streets singing litanies, they knock at various doors along the route. Each time they are turned away with the cruel words, ‘There is no room’ until the procession arrives at the appointed home or church. Then, the doors are flung wide in the open spirit of Christmas, and the celebration, with Mary as its central figure, begins. Guests kneel before el nacimiento (or crèche), candles are lit, and the Christmas story is retold in song, dance, music and mime and The Christ Child is welcomed to earth. The unvarying finale of the celebration is the introduction of the piñata, a colorful symbolically decorated figure of papier maché. The piñata is suspended above the heads of the children. Blindfolded and armed with long poles, youngsters vie for the honor of breaking the piñata and showering the contents of sweets and tiny gifts among all assembled.

I was born in a California town founded by the Spanish, raised on a cattle ranch that had been a Mexican land grant and have absorbed and observed Mexican folk music all my life. As a musician, I have toured Mexico six times and always enjoyed listening to the folk music of the various regions. The ethnic music reflects those qualities I most admire in people…dignity in moments of tragedy, infectious high spirits in moments of joy, and an unshakeable religious faith made evident in a strong sense of one’s own worth and a deep respect for the shared values of one’s own group – family, church, village. These qualities, I think are universal to people with a strong communal sense – an increasingly rare attribute in urban culture. It is this sense of sharing in an event which I have tried to capture in the simple retelling of the Christmas story.” Dave Brubeck.

The work is performed frequently and was most recently heard December 10, 2017 at the Salisbury Congregational Church, Salisbury CT with the Salisbury Sinfonietta, Jack Bowman, Conductor. This year’s performance will occur Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9 at Duke Chapel and will feature the Choral Society of Durham and the Durham Children’s Choir with Orchestra.

Holiday Pops with the Concert Singers of Cary
Dec 8 @ 7:30 pm

With brass quintet, jazz combo, and special guest Bill Adams as our Master of Ceremonies. An annual tradition to get you in the holiday spirit. Buy your tickets early for this show, it’s sure to be a sell out.

Dec
9
Sun
Concerts for the Christmas Holiday – Choral Society of Durham
Dec 9 @ 3:00 pm

La Fiesta de la Posada by Dave Brubeck

Composed in 1975 and lasting about 45 minutes the work is scored for a unison children’s chorus, SATB chorus, Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass soloists and Orchestra with Guitar.

Dave Brubeck’s comments on the piece include a description of the posada and an explanation of his attraction to the subject: “[A] custom depicting Joseph and Mary’s search for lodging on the eve of her confinement, is re-enacted from December 16 to Christmas Eve throughout Latin America and in our own Southwest. Religious and secular traditions, never far apart in the lives of most Mexican villages, are at Christmas indefinably joined.

Details of las posadas may vary from region to region, but certain essentials remain wherever the custom is observed. Children, always an important part of the festivities, join with adults to form a torch and lantern procession and the streets become as crowded and bustling as ancient Bethlehem’s at census time. Joseph leads a donkey bearing a young girl dressed as The Virgin, or perhaps the children carry a litter of pine boughs which holds decorated clay figures of the Holy Family.

As the procession of villagers winds through the streets singing litanies, they knock at various doors along the route. Each time they are turned away with the cruel words, ‘There is no room’ until the procession arrives at the appointed home or church. Then, the doors are flung wide in the open spirit of Christmas, and the celebration, with Mary as its central figure, begins. Guests kneel before el nacimiento (or crèche), candles are lit, and the Christmas story is retold in song, dance, music and mime and The Christ Child is welcomed to earth. The unvarying finale of the celebration is the introduction of the piñata, a colorful symbolically decorated figure of papier maché. The piñata is suspended above the heads of the children. Blindfolded and armed with long poles, youngsters vie for the honor of breaking the piñata and showering the contents of sweets and tiny gifts among all assembled.

I was born in a California town founded by the Spanish, raised on a cattle ranch that had been a Mexican land grant and have absorbed and observed Mexican folk music all my life. As a musician, I have toured Mexico six times and always enjoyed listening to the folk music of the various regions. The ethnic music reflects those qualities I most admire in people…dignity in moments of tragedy, infectious high spirits in moments of joy, and an unshakeable religious faith made evident in a strong sense of one’s own worth and a deep respect for the shared values of one’s own group – family, church, village. These qualities, I think are universal to people with a strong communal sense – an increasingly rare attribute in urban culture. It is this sense of sharing in an event which I have tried to capture in the simple retelling of the Christmas story.” Dave Brubeck.

The work is performed frequently and was most recently heard December 10, 2017 at the Salisbury Congregational Church, Salisbury CT with the Salisbury Sinfonietta, Jack Bowman, Conductor. This year’s performance will occur Saturday, December 8, and Sunday, December 9 at Duke Chapel and will feature the Choral Society of Durham and the Durham Children’s Choir with Orchestra.

Dec
15
Sat
Hodie! Voices Holiday Concert
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

Come celebrate the holidays with Voices as we perform heartwarming and festive classics! The program includes “Hodie!” by John Leavitt, ‘Christmas Day’ by Holst, sing-a-long carols for the family and much more!

Messiah at Apex with the Concert Singers of Cary Chamber Choir
Dec 15 @ 7:30 pm

Performing with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra on period instruments. Conducted by Nathan Leaf. Join the Chamber Choir of the Concert Singers of Cary for this annual tradition sponsored by the Halle Cultural Arts Center.

Dec
16
Sun
Hodie! Voices Holiday Concert
Dec 16 @ 3:00 pm

Come celebrate the holidays with Voices as we perform heartwarming and festive classics! The program includes “Hodie!” by John Leavitt, ‘Christmas Day’ by Holst, sing-a-long carols for the family and much more!

Dec
21
Fri
Carols of Christmas with the Raleigh Boychoir
Dec 21 @ 7:00 pm

No Christmas season is complete without your family experience the Raleigh Boychoir’s shining “Carols of Christmas.”

Feb
2
Sat
Discovery Concert with the Concert Singers of Cary
Feb 2 @ 7:30 pm

Bach’s Awakening: Discover Cantata 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme

Choral Artists with chamber orchestra

45 minute talk about the music with live examples, followed by performance

  • Music Discovery SeriesExplorationGreat Connections, The Inside ScoopDig Deeper
  • Musical understanding exists on a spectrum, from the refreshing experience of a first time audience member, to the chiseled knowledge of an experienced professional. Sometimes the complexity of music makes it difficult for those with less training and experience to enjoy the great musical masterworks in our tradition. The Discovery Series aims to help general audience members move along the spectrum of understanding so that they may more fully appreciate, understand, and enjoy music of all sorts. For concerts on the Discovery Series, the first half will be a discussion of the work itself, including background and description of structural elements that aid the listener in understanding the composer’s intent and meaning. The discussion will be aided by live musical examples played by the performers, to illustrate the salient points. The second half will then be a performance of the music. Through this experience, the average audience member will have an opportunity to develop their understanding of great works of art, and feel encouraged to attend more concerts.
Feb
9
Sat
The Crossing The Little Match Girl Passion
Feb 9 @ 8:00 pm

Hailed as “ardently angelic” (Los Angeles Times), “superb” (The New Yorker), and “something of a miracle” (The Philadelphia Enquirer), The Crossing is a GRAMMY-winning Philadelphia chamber choir dedicated to vivid new music. Devoted to completely reimagining the experience of choral music for composers, singers, and listeners alike, the ensemble has commissioned an astounding sixty pieces in just over a decade, one of them a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist. The Crossing makes work that is boldly relevant and insistently beautiful.

At Duke Performances, twelve singers from The Crossing, led by conductor Donald Nally, offer Durham audiences the opportunity to hear composer David Lang’s extraordinary Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece, The Little Match Girl Passion. Recasting Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the suffering and death of a homeless child in the form of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, Lang compares the Little Match Girl’s experience to that of Jesus, elevating her sorrow to a higher plane. Like Bach, Lang interpolates the reactions of the crowd and statements of shock and remorse, placing the audience inside the action. Setting the stage are a series of short commissioned pieces, including David Lang’s spare and shimmering make peace, a setting of the Jewish prayer of mourning.

Program

  • Louis Andriessen: Ahiana Weeping
  • Ēriks Ešenvalds: Translation
  • David Lang: make peace
  • Gabriel Jackson: Yes, I Am Your Angel
  • Ted Hearne: What It Might Say
  • David Lang: The Little Match Girl Passion
Feb
16
Sat
Bel Canto Company – Amore
Feb 16 @ 6:00 pm

Our annual cabaret-gala fundraiser is one of the most popular events of the year! Despite the February temperatures, Amore is one the hottest tickets in town! Join us and enjoy a glass of fine wine or your favorite beer, a delicious plated dinner, a silent auction and raffle full of fun and diverse prizes, and an entertaining performance by members of Bel Canto Company.

Patron Level Donors and above may order tickets any time. Tickets go on sale to the general public on July 1. Seating at our annual gala and cabaret fundraiser is limited, so get your tickets today!

Feb
25
Mon
The Cary Big Sing with the Concert Singers of Cary
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm

Featuring music from the Great American Songbook

Come one, come all – and bring a friend! An opportunity for people to come and sit in with the Concert Singers and sing through some of your favorite songs from the first half of the 20th century – Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and the like. No prior experience or preparation is necessary.

Mar
3
Sun
Winter Concert with the Choral Society of Durham
Mar 3 @ 3:00 pm

Itaipú by Philip Glass
Deep Field by Eric Whitacre

Philip Glass, Itaipú, was commissioned anonymously for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and premiered November 2, 1989 by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Robert Shaw. It calls for an SATB choir and orchestra. It runs about 38 minutes.
According to notes from the publisher, Dunvagen Music Publishers, it is a “Symphonic portrait in four movements: Mato Grosso – The Lake – The Dam – To the Sea.” The text is the Creation Myth of the Guarani (sung in traditional Guarani). Online reference, brittanica.com says that “the Guarani are a South American Indian group living mainly in Paraguay and speaking a language also called Guarani. Smaller
groups also live in Argentina, Bolivia and Brazil.” Nick Jones notes on the publisher’s web page that “[L]ike The Light and The Canyon, Itaipu originated as Glass’ response both to nature and to a modern technological wonder, in this case the massive hydro-electric dam (…) that was then taking shape at Itaipu on the Parana River, which forms the border between Brazil and Peru. (…)While the music itself hymns the wonder wrought by nature and by humankind, the exotic text recounts the creation of the world, the actions of the gods and how the first people came to this place.”

Deep Field was composed by Eric Whitacre in 2015 on a joint commission of the Minnesota Orchestra BBC Radio 3 and the Dallas Winds. It is scored for SATB choir and orchestra and runs about 20 minutes. Its World premiere took place May 8, 2015 at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, MN by the Minnesota Orchestra and Chorale and was conducted by the composer. The European premier was August 9, 2015 at the BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Chorus and BBC Singers. It was conducted by the composer. It has since been performed a number of times in Europe but has so far only received one other US
performance – at Chapman Hall at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Tulsa OK by the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Eric Whitacre, conductor on January 13, 2018. The composer’s web site says that the piece was “inspired by the iconic Hubble Field Deep Field images.” The work was originally written for orchestra, chorus & electronica and later transcribed for concert band. The site goes on to explain that the “Hubble Deep Field” captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in 1995 is an “image that covers a speck of the sky only about the width of a dime seen from 75 feet away. The exposure lasted 10 consecutive days, or approximately 150 orbits. Though the field is a very small sample of the heavens, it is considered representative of the typical distribution of galaxies in space, because the universe, statistically, looks largely the same in all directions. Gazing into this small field, Hubble uncovered a bewildering assortment of at least 1,500 galaxies at various stages of evolution.”

A Performance Note on the score says, “A smart-phone App playing the Deep Field electronica may be triggered by audience members from bar 217 to the end of the piece, as cued by the conductor. This should be downloaded in advance of the performance and is available via the App Store and Google Play. Search “Deep Field” in the respective store to locate the App and download.”

This concert will take place on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at Duke University’s Baldwin Auditorium and will feature the Choral Society of Durham and the Durham Medical Orchestra.

Mar
9
Sat
Poetry in Song
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Profound poetry set to beautiful choral music, highlights include “Highland Mary” from Four Robert Burns Ballads composed by James Mulholland, “Ronde” from Trois Chanson composed by Maurice Ravel, “Hey, Ho, the Wind and the Rain” from Three Shakespeare Songs by Arthur Frackenpohl.

The Songs You Love to Sing : Music From The Great American Songbook with the Concert Singers of Cary
Mar 9 @ 7:30 pm

Featuring Allen Bailey and other guest musicians

Get your toes tapping and bring your smile – From Gershwin to  we’ll be performing your favorites from the first half of the 20th century, America’s golden age of song.

Mar
23
Sat
American Music Festival “High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass” with the Raleigh Boychoir
Mar 23 @ 3:00 pm

The Raleigh Boychoir will reach new heights as our choristers and community present Dr. Tim Sharp’s “High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass.” Welcoming area boys to perform in the 2nd Annual Triangle All Boy Honor Choir, we’ll be joined by NC State’s Singing Statesmen, the First Baptist Church Sanctuary Choir, Chuck Nation Bluegrass Band and guest conductor Tim Sharp!

Mar
30
Sat
Bel Canto Company – Harmonious Accord
Mar 30 @ 8:00 pm

Celebrate the musical styles that make up the distinctly American choral music canon…Sacred Harp, Shape Note, Folk, Jazz, Spirituals and more. The final concert of the season will be our first at the newly opened Well-Spring Theater. Easily accessible near the intersection of I-840 (New Urban Loop) and Battleground Avenue, the Triad’s newest performance venue boasts modern amenities, a 300-seat house, and a new Steinway-B grand piano!

Apr
1
Mon
Bel Canto Company – Harmonious Accord
Apr 1 @ 7:30 pm

Celebrate the musical styles that make up the distinctly American choral music canon…Sacred Harp, Shape Note, Folk, Jazz, Spirituals and more. The final concert of the season will be our first at the newly opened Well-Spring Theater. Easily accessible near the intersection of I-840 (New Urban Loop) and Battleground Avenue, the Triad’s newest performance venue boasts modern amenities, a 300-seat house, and a new Steinway-B grand piano!

Apr
6
Sat
Choral Society of Durham’s Chamber Choir Spring Concerts
Apr 6 @ 7:30 pm

Mass of the Children by John Rutter

Liner notes to the Naxos (2006) recording of Mass of the Children, Shadows, & Wedding Canticle by John Rutter, state that the work was written late in 2002 and was first performed in February 2003 at Carnegie Hall. Rutter, writing of his inspiration for the work, says, “The seed of the work probably lay in the inspiring experience I had back in 1963 singing as a member of the boys choir in the first recording of
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. The effect of combining children’s and adult’s voices is unique, and I wanted to write a work that would bring them together in a more joyful context than a Requiem.” He goes on to say that he based the structure on the Missa Brevis but added a number of English texts to it that are sung by the soloists or the children.

The work runs about 35 minutes and is scored for mixed choir, children’s choir, soprano and baritone soloists, chamber ensemble and organ. The Chamber Choir’s performances with the Raleigh Boychoir will take place Saturday, April 6 at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh and Sunday, April 7 at Duke Chapel, Durham.

Apr
7
Sun
Choral Society of Durham’s Chamber Choir Spring Concerts
Apr 7 @ 3:00 pm

Mass of the Children by John Rutter

Liner notes to the Naxos (2006) recording of Mass of the Children, Shadows, & Wedding Canticle by John Rutter, state that the work was written late in 2002 and was first performed in February 2003 at Carnegie Hall. Rutter, writing of his inspiration for the work, says, “The seed of the work probably lay in the inspiring experience I had back in 1963 singing as a member of the boys choir in the first recording of
Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. The effect of combining children’s and adult’s voices is unique, and I wanted to write a work that would bring them together in a more joyful context than a Requiem.” He goes on to say that he based the structure on the Missa Brevis but added a number of English texts to it that are sung by the soloists or the children.

The work runs about 35 minutes and is scored for mixed choir, children’s choir, soprano and baritone soloists, chamber ensemble and organ. The Chamber Choir’s performances with the Raleigh Boychoir will take place Saturday, April 6 at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh and Sunday, April 7 at Duke Chapel, Durham.

May
4
Sat
Spring Concert with the Choral Society of Durham
May 4 @ 7:30 pm

Sacred Service (Avodath Hakodesh) by Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch’s Sacred Service was composed “for a Reform congregation in San Francisco in the 1930s,” according to a review, “A Rare Jewish Bid for the Classically Sacred Concert,” by Allen Kozinn published February 13, 2008, in The New York Times. Kozinn goes on to say that “he scored it ambitiously for a large chorus, soloists and orchestra, in the hope that it would be performed in concert as
well.” The score runs 50 minutes and is based on the Sabbath morning service that uses a Reform version commonly in use in the 1930s. The reviewer explains that the music is newly composed with a hint of Hebrew Chant and that it maintains the distinction between cantorial and congregational singing with the use of a Baritone singing the cantorial role.

This concert will take place on Saturday, May 4, 2019 at Duke Chapel and will feature the Choral Society of Durham with Orchestra.

May
5
Sun
Masks and Fairytales with the Concert Singers of Cary
May 5 @ 3:00 pm

Mendelssohn Psalm 42

Debussy La Damoiselle élue

May
18
Sat
Life, Love and Reflections
May 18 @ 7:30 pm

Poetic expressions of life, love, and reflections on nature. Selections include “Fern Hill” composed by John Corigliano, based on a poem by Dylan Thomas, “Five Hebrew Love Songs” composed by Eric Whitacre, and “Reflections from a Mexican Garden” composed by Kevin Padworski and based on poems by Grace Hazard Conklin, So Juana Inés de la Cruz, indigenous poetry in one of Mexico’s native languages, Nahuatl.

Jun
1
Sat
Women of Note
Jun 1 @ 7:30 pm

Showcasing exciting music from contemporary women composers. Selections include

The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass – Carol Barnett for mixed chorus and bluegrass band

A Burst of Song – Joan Szymko

Songstream – Alice Parker

Jun
8
Sat
“Dawning of Day” Spring Concert with the Raleigh Boychoir
Jun 8 @ 3:00 pm

This moving presentation will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings and the Battle of Normandy featuring music of beloved American and French composers.

 

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