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Oct
14
Mon
Bel Canto Company Presents Joyful Noise @ First Presbyterian Church
Oct 14 @ 7:30 pm

Joyful Noise
A Celebration of Life Featuring the Music of Dan Forrest

Saturday, October 12, 8pm | Monday, October 14, 7:30pm
First Presbyterian Church, 617 N Elm St, Greensboro

Our 37th Season opens with a world premiere commissioned in memory of Suzanne Goddard, one of Bel Canto’s most ardent supporters. Inspired by her life and spirit, one of choral music’s most sought-after composers, Dan Forrest, has crafted a work for chorus and chamber orchestra in remembrance of one so dear. The second half of the evening will feature Forrest’s Jubilate Deo, a sweeping setting of Psalm 100 in eight different languages representing “all the earth.” Dan Forrest was one of Suzanne’s favorite composers, and we are certain he will be one of yours too. Arrive early for a pre-concert discussion with the composer, and enjoy an evening of beautiful singing with Bel Canto.

Special Guests: Dan Forrest, Southwest Guilford High School Choir, Greensboro Youth Chorus

Oct
18
Fri
Donizetti’s Mary, Queen of Scots @ The Stevens Center of the UNCSA
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm – 11:00 pm

New to the Piedmont Opera repertory and making its NC professional debut! After 18 years of being held prisoner by Queen Elizabeth, her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots breathes fresh air. Believing herself to be the true heir to the throne, Mary has been imprisoned first for plotting against her cousin, and ultimately for attempting to murder her. This day of freedom turns to condemnation as these empowered women have a momentous meeting.

Vox Luminis: The Bach Dynasty @ Duke Chapel
Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm

Vox Luminis conveys its passion for early music at every performance; this devotion has propelled the ensemble out of its native Belgium, where it formed in 2004, to critical acclaim and to an international career singing music from the 16th to 18th centuries. A surprise win of Gramophone’s Recording of the Year in 2012 helped secure its reputation for intelligent mastery of early music.

In its sophomore appearance at Duke Performances, Vox Luminis brings a program entirely by the Bach family. J.S. Bach was proud of his ancestry, and his genealogical research remains our most accurate information about the Bach family even today. Vox Luminis sets the style of the older Bachs in relief, allowing the particularities of J.S. Bach’s cousins and nephew to shine new light onto how each of them approached the German choral tradition, entwining Lutheran chorales with new music.

Program

Johann Bach: Unser Leben ist ein Schatten
Johann Bach: Sei nun wieder zufrieden

Johann Michael Bach: Sei, lieber Tag, wilkommen
Johann Michael Bach: Nun treten wir ins neue Jahr
Johann Michael Bach: Herr, ich warte auf dein Heil

Johann Christoph Bach: Der mensch, vom Weibe geboren
Johann Christoph Bach: Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf
Johann Christoph Bach: Fürchte dich nicht

Johann Ludwig Bach: Das Blut Jesu Christi
Johann Ludwig Bach: Das ist meine Freude

Johann Sebastian Bach: Jesu meine Freude

Oct
20
Sun
Donizetti’s Mary, Queen of Scots @ The Stevens Center of the UNCSA
Oct 20 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm

New to the Piedmont Opera repertory and making its NC professional debut! After 18 years of being held prisoner by Queen Elizabeth, her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots breathes fresh air. Believing herself to be the true heir to the throne, Mary has been imprisoned first for plotting against her cousin, and ultimately for attempting to murder her. This day of freedom turns to condemnation as these empowered women have a momentous meeting.

Oct
22
Tue
Donizetti’s Mary, Queen of Scots @ The Stevens Center of the UNCSA
Oct 22 @ 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm

New to the Piedmont Opera repertory and making its NC professional debut!

Freedom. After 18 years of being held prisoner by Queen Elizabeth, her cousin, Mary, Queen of Scots breathes fresh air. Believing herself to be the true heir to the throne, Mary has been imprisoned first for plotting against her cousin, and ultimately for attempting to murder her. This day of freedom turns to condemnation as these empowered women have a momentous meeting.

Oct
25
Fri
North Carolina Master Chorale presents Dona Nobis Pacem @ Christ Baptist Church
Oct 25 @ 7:30 pm

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ prayer for peace, Dona Nobis Pacem, is as relevant and moving today as it was when it was composed just three years before the outbreak of World War II. Paired with this beloved masterpiece are works by Peteris Vasks and Arvo Pärt – plus, Samuel Barber’s transcendent choral transcription of his Adagio for Strings.

Oct
26
Sat
Music of Hope and Love – Concert Singers of Cary @ Cary Arts Center Theater
Oct 26 @ 7:30 pm

A poignant, challenging, and ultimately uplifting event, the concert will feature three works by one of choral music’s newest leading composers, Jake Runestad, plus music by Beethoven and others. It will also feature student musicians from Panther Creek High School in Cary (Brad Bensen director).

The concert will open with Runestad’s A Silence Haunts Me, a dramatic exploration of Beethoven’s Heiligenstadt Testament, the letter in which the young Beethoven expresses his despair over his impending deafness and resolve to press on in fulfillment of his artistic destiny, and then connect to our own present-day challenges with Please Stay, a musical plea for suicide prevention and awareness. Also on the concert will be Runestad’s beautiful and inspiring The Hope of Loving.

Our Guest Artists

The Mallarmé Chamber Players are a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, North Carolina, whose mission is to enrich the lives of the community through outstanding chamber music performance.The groups performs programs that include rarely heard works from the traditional chamber music repertoire that celebrate the diversity in our community by featuring the music of African American, Asian, Latino and women composers.

The Kingdom Choir @ Duke Chapel
Oct 26 @ 8:00 pm

Catapulted into stardom by its enrapturing performance at the 2018 wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, the Kingdom Choir makes its Duke Performances debut with its distinctive blend of gospel and pop music. Although the ensemble has been singing since 1994, its royal wedding performance amazed millions of viewers worldwide and laid the ground for a record deal with Sony Music.

Led by Karen Gibson, Britain’s “godmother of gospel,” the Kingdom Choir represents the best of the thriving British gospel tradition, and the effects of its performances stretch beyond purely musical events — it builds community with its singing. Kingdom Choir will fill its program at the iconic Duke Chapel with its characteristic arrangements of modern pop and classic gospel songs, including its show-stopping rendition of “Stand By Me.”

Nov
12
Tue
Tenebrae Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles @ Duke Chapel
Nov 12 @ 8:00 pm

Tenebrae, one of the premier vocal ensembles of England, brings its signature work, Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles, to Duke Chapel for an assuredly stunning performance. Formed in 2001 by former King’s Singer Nigel Short, Tenebrae quickly established a reputation for theatrical programming and precise performances in sacred and secular spaces. Its musical passion has led to several awards (including two BBC Music Magazine awards), nominations, and notable orchestral engagements.

Path of Miracles (2005), Tenebrae’s first major commission, explores the geography of the pilgrimage to Santiago through four movements. With a libretto by Robert Dickinson, Talbot’s composition brings together texts from medieval and modern sources and music from east Asia and ancient hymns. Singing from memory and in candlelight, Tenebrae dramatically animates the pilgrimage for the audience. To celebrate its fifteenth anniversary, Tenebrae commissioned Footsteps by Owain Park, a harmonically lavish piece which will feature Tenebrae performing alongside singers from the Duke Chapel Music program.

Program

Owain Park: Footsteps, featuring singers from the Duke Chapel Music program
Joby Talbot: Path of Miracles

Nov
16
Sat
Cantari presents Shakespeare Anyone? @ Holy Trinity Lutheran Church
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm

Come hear the Bard’s greatest hits set to lush choral music!  Harmonies and rhythm add new dimensions and flavors to profound texts.  Composers include Frank Martin, Jaakko Mäntyjärvi, Emma Lou Diemer, William Mathias, and others.

Dec
7
Sat
Bel Canto Company Presents Candle, Star, Joyous Light @ Christ United Methodist Church
Dec 7 @ 8:00 pm

Candle, Star, Joyous Light
Bel Canto: A Greensboro Holiday Tradition

Saturday, December 7, 8pm | Monday, December 9, 7:30pm
Christ United Methodist Church, 410 N Holden Rd, Greensboro

Greet the arrival of the holiday season with Bel Canto Company! Festive melodies both familiar and new will call to mind the charm of a cold winter evening in the comfort of your home, curled up by the fire in the warm embrace of loved ones. Take time out from the frantic pace of December and join us for a fête of light, giving and family. It is after all, “the most wonderful time of the year.”

Special Guest: Greensboro Youth Chorus

 

Dec
8
Sun
Bel Canto Company Presents The Night Before Christmas @ Van Dyke Performance Space
Dec 8 @ 3:00 pm

The Night Before Christmas
Free Family Matinee Performance

Sunday, December 8, 3pm
Van Dyke Performance Space, 200 N Davie St, Greensboro

Join us for a special holiday concert perfect for families and kids of ages. Indulge in a sugar cookie (or two!) and enjoy a 45-minute performance featuring a charming version of The Night Before Christmas. You’ll even have a chance to sing along! Tickets to this concert are FREE, so bring the whole family and delight in hearing your favorite holiday tunes sung as only Bel Canto can sing them!

Although this concert is free to attend, a ticket is required for admission so that we don’t exceed the space’s capacity. Tickets will be available at the door beginning 1 hour before the concert.

Cary Apex Youth Choir presents The Song That Nature Sings @ Cornerstone Presbyterian Church
Dec 8 @ 4:00 pm

Join us for an afternoon concert featuring beautiful songs of nature as well as seasonal favorites. Adults – $5 suggested donation at the door; Children – free.
Prospective singers are also invited to sign up at this time for auditions taking place on January 9, 2020. Contact director@caryapexyouthchoir.org for more info.

Dec
9
Mon
Bel Canto Company Presents Candle, Star, Joyous Light @ Christ United Methodist Church
Dec 9 @ 7:30 pm

Candle, Star, Joyous Light
Bel Canto: A Greensboro Holiday Tradition

Saturday, December 7, 8pm | Monday, December 9, 7:30pm
Christ United Methodist Church, 410 N Holden Rd, Greensboro

Greet the arrival of the holiday season with Bel Canto Company! Festive melodies both familiar and new will call to mind the charm of a cold winter evening in the comfort of your home, curled up by the fire in the warm embrace of loved ones. Take time out from the frantic pace of December and join us for a fête of light, giving and family. It is after all, “the most wonderful time of the year.”

Special Guest: Greensboro Youth Chorus

 

Dec
13
Fri
Sing We Noël – Voices Holiday Concert @ East Chapel Hill High School Auditorium
Dec 13 @ 7:30 pm

Voices “sings in” the holidays with orchestra and special guests in presenting a concert filled with seasonal delights. Principal works include: Honegger – Christmas Cantata, Finzi – In terra pax, Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Christmas Carols. The concert will also feature familiar carols and popular selections, Hanukkah pieces, a singalong, and will close with John Rutter’s arrangement of  “O Holy Night.”

Dec
14
Sat
Sing We Noël – Voices Holiday Concert @ East Chapel Hill High School Auditorium
Dec 14 @ 3:00 pm

Voices “sings in” the holidays with orchestra and special guests in presenting a concert filled with seasonal delights. Principal works include: Honegger – Christmas Cantata, Finzi – In terra pax, Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on Christmas Carols. The concert will also feature familiar carols and popular selections, Hanukkah pieces, a singalong, and will close with John Rutter’s arrangement of  “O Holy Night.”

Holiday Pops 2019 – Concert Singers of Cary @ Cary Arts Center Theater
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm

Held on the evening after the Cary Christmas Parade, Holiday Pops is an annual tradition sure to get you in the holiday spirit. A fun evening of favorite tunes guaranteed to get your toes tapping. With special guest artists, the new vocal jazz ensemble LEVEL 7.

Buy your tickets early for this show, it’s sure to be a sell out.

Dec
17
Tue
North Carolina Master Chorale presents Joy of the Season @ Meymandi Concert Hall
Dec 17 @ 7:30 pm

The Symphonic and Chamber Choirs are joined by brass, percussion, Susan Lohr at the piano, and Stephen Aber at the organ to ring in the season with our annual holiday concert.

Dec
20
Fri
Raleigh Boychoir Presents Carols of Christmas @ Edenton Street United Methodist Church
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm

No Christmas season is complete without your family experiencing The Raleigh Boychoir’s shining “Carols of Christmas.” This performances features all the choirs of the RBC including:

Performing Choir
Resident Choir
Training Choir
Young Men’s Ensemble
Alumni Choir

These choristers will share with you the fruits of their labor by singing a variety of yuletide favorites guaranteed to brighten your holiday spirit!

We hope you can join us for a wonderful holiday program.

This festive concert is held in the beautiful Edenton Street United Methodist Church at 228 W Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC

Purchase tickets online today.

 

Feb
10
Mon
Third Annual Cary Big Sing @ St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
Feb 10 @ 7:30 pm

Sit in with the Concert Singers of Cary as we sing through one of the favorite choral works of all time, Gabriel Faure’s Requiem. No admission, no registration, nothing to purchase. Come as you are and join us for an evening of singing. If you have a copy of the music, please bring it. Otherwise, copies will be available to use for the evening at no cost.

Mar
6
Fri
Chanticleer Faith of Our Fathers @ Baldwin Auditorium
Mar 6 @ 8:00 pm

Now in its 41st year, Chanticleer remains at the vanguard of choral ensemble excellence in America. Founded by a musicology student who wanted to perform the music he was studying, Chanticleer has grown into a twelve-member group adept with ancient masters and modern commissions. Along the way the ensemble has received several major music prizes, including two GRAMMY awards and Ensemble of the Year from Musical America, all while continuing in Billboard’s Top 10 best-selling classical artists.

At Duke Performances Chanticleer brings a five-part program of sacred music, Faith of Our Fathers. The repertoire spans from Hildegard’s “O virtu sapientiae” in the 12th century, to English and American works, featuring highlights of the English renaissance and colonial American traditions, complemented by modern tributes to those styles. The choir stops briefly in the Spanish New World before concluding with Chanticleer favorites.

Program

Faith of Our Fathers (Sacred Program)

I.
Hildegard von Bingen: O frondens virga, from Missa La Sol Fa Re Mi by Josquin des Prez
Credo – Sanctus

II.
Peter Philips: Cantabant Sancti
William Byrd: Justorum animae
Jackson Hill: Were Soul to Speak
Orlando Gibbons: O Clap Your Hands

III.
William Billings, arr. William Fred Scott: Chester
Ned Rorem: Sing, My Soul, His Wondrous Love
Traditional hymn, arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw: His Voice as the Sound
Ned Rorem: All Glorious God
John Cennick, arr. Alice Parker: Happy in the Lord

IV.
Juan Gutiérrez de Padilla: Mirabilia testimonia tua
Antonio de Salazar: O sacrum convivium
Francisco Guerrero: Signasti Domine

V.
Kurt Weill, arr. Gene Puerling: Lost in the Stars
Traditional spiritual, arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw: My God is a Rock
Doyle Lawson, Charles Waller, and Robert Yates, arr. Jennings: Calling My Children Home
Traditional gospel, arr. Rosephanye Powell: Oh, What a Beautiful City

Mar
7
Sat
Raleigh Boychoir Presents Stage and Screen @ Edenton Street United Methodist Church
Mar 7 @ 3:00 pm

To kick off a new decade, in March our Training Choir, Resident Choir, Performing Choir and Young Men’s Ensemble will present their favorite music from the Silver Screen and Broadway stage in this cabaret-style evening! We may even be “a-movin’ and a-shakin!” Be our guest as we share some of our favorites with you in this new concert music experience!

Mar
21
Sat
Cantari presents Brasileiro @ University United Methodist Church
Mar 21 @ 7:30 pm

This all-Brasilian music concert features Cantari performing a set of works by Brasilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. For the second half of the concert, Cantari will be joined with guest soloist Caique Vidal (from Bahia) and a Brasilian drumming ensemble to present a variety of Brasilian folk and popular song.

Mar
22
Sun
East and West: A Collaboration with Hum Sub – Concert Singers of Cary @ Cary Arts Center Theater
Mar 22 @ 3:30 pm

Concert Singers joins Hum Sub, Cary’s Indian-American cultural arts association, in the their annual spring celebration of Basant Bahar.

Apr
18
Sat
Bel Canto Company Presents Fill My Heart with Song @ Well∙Spring Theatre
Apr 18 @ 8:00 pm

Fill My Heart with Song
And Let Me Play Among the Stars

Saturday, April 18, 8pm | Monday, April 20, 7:30pm
Well∙Spring Theatre, 4100 Well Spring Dr, Greensboro

We sing to inspire and transport the listener through music, and, just as importantly, to have fun! This concert features fresh arrangements by Moira Smiley, Ward Swingle, Will Todd, Joan Szymko, Stacy Gibbs and more. Whether you are a classical purist or a lover of many styles, we invite you to “see what spring is like…” with us as we sing both classical and contemporary works infused with a touch of jazz, blues, gospel, Motown, and folk flavors.

Apr
20
Mon
Bel Canto Company Presents Fill My Heart with Song @ Well∙Spring Theatre
Apr 20 @ 7:30 pm

Fill My Heart with Song
And Let Me Play Among the Stars

Saturday, April 18, 8pm | Monday, April 20, 7:30pm
Well∙Spring Theatre, 4100 Well Spring Dr, Greensboro

We sing to inspire and transport the listener through music, and, just as importantly, to have fun! This concert features fresh arrangements by Moira Smiley, Ward Swingle, Will Todd, Joan Szymko, Stacy Gibbs and more. Whether you are a classical purist or a lover of many styles, we invite you to “see what spring is like…” with us as we sing both classical and contemporary works infused with a touch of jazz, blues, gospel, Motown, and folk flavors.

Apr
22
Wed
The Tallis Scholars Rose without Thorn @ Baldwin Auditorium
Apr 22 @ 8:00 pm

The Tallis Scholars are undoubtedly the elder statesmen among Renaissance sacred music choirs throughout the world. Founded in 1973, the ensemble’s name is synonymous with early music excellence, which is why The Washington Post calls its performances of the repertoire “authoritative.” Its impressive discography has garnered several major music awards, including Gramophone’s Recording of the Year and three Early Music awards from the same magazine.

At the acoustically pristine Baldwin Auditorium, the Tallis Scholars celebrate English and Franco-Flemish music of the 16th century, with a particular devotion to the “rose without thorn,” the Virgin Mary. Music by Taverner, Byrd, and Fawkyner forms the first half, after which the ensemble jumps to the continent with Josquin and Gombert, punctuated by Arvo Pärt’s brief Da pacem.

Program

Rose Without Thorn

Taverner: Leroy Kyrie
Byrd: Laetentur caeli
Byrd: Tribulationes civitatum
Fawkyner: Gaude rosa sine spina
Chant: Da pacem
Josquin: Missa Da pacem (Agnus)
Pärt: Da pacem
Gombert: Media vita
Gombert: Magnificat III

May
16
Sat
Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, KV 339 – Concert Singers of Cary @ St. Francis United Methodist Church
May 16 @ 7:30 pm

We conclude our regular season performances in the Triangle with one of Mozart’s most famous works for choir and orchestra. The first half of the concert will be an interactive discussion of the music, with live musical examples by the performers on stage, followed by a performance of the entire work. (30 minute talk about the music with live examples/30 minute performance)

 

Voices presents Music of the Americas @ Moeser Auditorium (Hill Hall, UNC-CH)
May 16 @ 7:30 pm

Cantari will present a variety of pieces by composers from Venezuela, Ecuador, Argentina and Mexico (e.g., Estevez, Grau, Carcelen, Gardel). Voices then takes us on a musical journey through Canada in performing Donald Patriquin’s Six Songs of Early Canada. Both Voices and Cantari will combine to sing selections from both sets of Copland’s Old American Songs.

May
30
Sat
Raleigh Boychoir Presents World Music Concert @ Pullen Memorial Baptist Church
May 30 @ 3:00 pm

Our final concert of this special 52nd season is our World Music Concert at Pullen Baptist Church. Journey with the Raleigh Boychoir as we travel around the world through music! You will hear many languages and music performed by our four choral ensembles!

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