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Feb
23
Sat
NC State University Theatre presents CABARET @ Stewart Theatre
Feb 23 @ 7:30 pm

Willkommen, Beinvenue, Welcome!

The young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and the “simply marvelous” charismatic singer Sally Bowles spend their days in Fraulein Schneider’s boarding house — and their nights in the seedy Kit Kat Klub where “life is beautiful. The girls are beautiful. Even the — are beautiful.” Come, experience the final, chaotic days of Germany’s Weimer Republic in this Tony Award-winning musical cabaret. Book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood.

Directed by Mia Self
Musical direction by Catherine Hamner
Choreography by Tara Z. Mullins

Audio Description and Closed Captioning available during the Friday, February 22, 2019 show. Call 919.515.1100 for more details and to make arrangements in advance.

Produced by special arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Feb
24
Sun
NC State University Theatre presents CABARET @ Stewart Theatre
Feb 24 @ 2:00 pm

Willkommen, Beinvenue, Welcome!

The young American writer Cliff Bradshaw and the “simply marvelous” charismatic singer Sally Bowles spend their days in Fraulein Schneider’s boarding house — and their nights in the seedy Kit Kat Klub where “life is beautiful. The girls are beautiful. Even the — are beautiful.” Come, experience the final, chaotic days of Germany’s Weimer Republic in this Tony Award-winning musical cabaret. Book by Joe Masteroff, music by John Kander, lyrics by Fred Ebb, based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood.

Directed by Mia Self
Musical direction by Catherine Hamner
Choreography by Tara Z. Mullins

Audio Description and Closed Captioning available during the Friday, February 22, 2019 show. Call 919.515.1100 for more details and to make arrangements in advance.

Produced by special arrangement with TAMS-WITMARK MUSIC LIBRARY, INC., 560 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY 10022

Feb
25
Mon
The Cary Big Sing with the Concert Singers of Cary @ Cary Arts Center, Marcus Dry Room
Feb 25 @ 7:30 pm

Come one, come all – and bring a friend!

We’re thrilled to repeat our Cary Big Sing, which was such a hit last year.

On Feb. 25 from 7:30-8PM, you are invited to come and sit in with the Concert Singers and sing through some famous songs from the first half of the 20th century – Irving Berlin, the Gershwins, Cole Porter, and the like.

No prior experience, signup or preparation is necessary and music will be provided.

The Big Sing will take place at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue. See ya there we hope!

 

 

Mar
3
Sun
NC Opera: Leah Crocetto in Recital @ A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Mar 3 @ 2:00 pm

North Carolina Opera is proud to present soprano Leah Crocetto (NCO’s Norma) in recital with pianist Mark Markham. The program features classic songs by Respighi, Poulenc and Rachmaninoff, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Harold Arlen and Sammy Fain. The program also includes the North Carolina premiere of Eternal Recurrence, a new song cycle by American composer Gregory Peebles. Don’t miss this “recital for the ages.” (WQXR, New York)

Choral Society of Durham and Durham Medical Orchestra to Present Philip Glass: Itaipú & Eric Whitacre: Deep Field @ Baldwin Auditorium
Mar 3 @ 3:00 pm

Itaipú by Philip Glass
Deep Field by Eric Whitacre

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

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.

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.”

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

Nathan Leaf, Conductor
Allen Bailey, Pianist
Kathleen Jasinskas, Soprano
Bill Adams, Baritone

The Great American Songbook is not, in fact, an actual book or physical collection that authoritatively defines this music. Rather than a binding, the songs are held together by the ethos of an era that many refer to as “The Golden Age of Song,” in which great melodies and sophisticated yet subtle harmonies were combined with witty lyrics and clever rhymes. Many of the writers of these songs are still household names today: George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Hoagy Carmichael, the list goes on.

The quality and craftsmanship of the songs is demonstrated not only by their popularity, but also because they maintain their allure with performers of all types and styles. Above all, these works are the songs we love to sing!

Mar
10
Sun
Cantari Presents Poetry in Song @ The Arts Center
Mar 10 @ 4:00 pm

Musical settings of folk tales, intense poetry, and Shakespeare. Two settings of the text “If Music Be the Food of Love” bookend the concert.

Guest artist: Jacob Wenger, cellist

Performing

If Music Be the Food of Love
Jean Belmont
Trois Chansons
Maurice Ravel
Three Quartets, Opus 57
Anton Arensky
Three Shakespeare Songs
Arthur Frackenpohl
Four Robert Burns Ballads
James Mulholland
Love, Thricewise
Joseph Gregorio
Little Bird
Eric Whitacre
Little Bird, Little Bird
Gail Kubik
If Music Be the Food of Love
David Dickau

 

Mar
23
Sat
American Music Festival “High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass” with the Raleigh Boychoir @ First Baptist Church
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
28
Thu
Invitation Preview – The Durham Savoyards Ltd. Present Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” (Reinvented for a Modern Audience) @ The Carolina Theater of Durham
Mar 28 @ 8:00 pm

Come see The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. re-invent the Gilbert and Sullivan Mikado’s sparkling wit and soaring musicality for a modern audience. Embracing a lead character being called a “cheap tailor,” the action starts at an avant-garde fashion show. Personalities clash, tempers flare, tables turn, and marvelous mayhem ensues as the models step off the runway and the patrons take the stage to portray the world’s most popular comic opera. Performances are at Durham’s Carolina Theatre 8pm Friday, March 29, 7pm Saturday, March 30, and 2pm Sunday, March 31, with a special invitation preview at 8pm on Thursday, March 28. Topsy-turvydom at its finest from a theater company that has delighted Triangle audiences for more than 50 years! Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are available from the Theatre Box Office (919-560-3030, http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/mikado), Contact 984-244-0668 for information for Thursday’s special preview performance.

Mar
29
Fri
The Durham Savoyards Ltd. Present Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” (Reinvented for a Modern Audience) @ The Carolina Theater of Durham
Mar 29 @ 8:00 pm

Come see The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. re-invent the Gilbert and Sullivan Mikado’s sparkling wit and soaring musicality for a modern audience. Embracing a lead character being called a “cheap tailor,” the action starts at an avant-garde fashion show. Personalities clash, tempers flare, tables turn, and marvelous mayhem ensues as the models step off the runway and the patrons take the stage to portray the world’s most popular comic opera. Performances are at Durham’s Carolina Theatre 8pm Friday, March 29, 7pm Saturday, March 30, and 2pm Sunday, March 31, with a special invitation preview at 8pm on Thursday, March 28. Topsy-turvydom at its finest from a theater company that has delighted Triangle audiences for more than 50 years! Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are available from the Theatre Box Office (919-560-3030, http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/mikado), Contact 984-244-0668 for information for Thursday’s special preview performance.

Mar
30
Sat
The Durham Savoyards Ltd. Present Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” (Reinvented for a Modern Audience) @ The Carolina Theater of Durham
Mar 30 @ 7:00 pm

Come see The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. re-invent the Gilbert and Sullivan Mikado’s sparkling wit and soaring musicality for a modern audience. Embracing a lead character being called a “cheap tailor,” the action starts at an avant-garde fashion show. Personalities clash, tempers flare, tables turn, and marvelous mayhem ensues as the models step off the runway and the patrons take the stage to portray the world’s most popular comic opera. Performances are at Durham’s Carolina Theatre 8pm Friday, March 29, 7pm Saturday, March 30, and 2pm Sunday, March 31, with a special invitation preview at 8pm on Thursday, March 28. Topsy-turvydom at its finest from a theater company that has delighted Triangle audiences for more than 50 years! Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are available from the Theatre Box Office (919-560-3030, http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/mikado), Contact 984-244-0668 for information for Thursday’s special preview performance.

Bel Canto Company – Harmonious Accord @ WELL-SPRING THEATRE
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!

Mar
31
Sun
The Durham Savoyards Ltd. Present Gilbert & Sullivan’s “The Mikado” (Reinvented for a Modern Audience) @ The Carolina Theater of Durham
Mar 31 @ 2:00 pm

Come see The Durham Savoyards, Ltd. re-invent the Gilbert and Sullivan Mikado’s sparkling wit and soaring musicality for a modern audience. Embracing a lead character being called a “cheap tailor,” the action starts at an avant-garde fashion show. Personalities clash, tempers flare, tables turn, and marvelous mayhem ensues as the models step off the runway and the patrons take the stage to portray the world’s most popular comic opera. Performances are at Durham’s Carolina Theatre 8pm Friday, March 29, 7pm Saturday, March 30, and 2pm Sunday, March 31, with a special invitation preview at 8pm on Thursday, March 28. Topsy-turvydom at its finest from a theater company that has delighted Triangle audiences for more than 50 years! Tickets for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday are available from the Theatre Box Office (919-560-3030, http://www.carolinatheatre.org/events/mikado), Contact 984-244-0668 for information for Thursday’s special preview performance.

Haydn’s The Creation @ Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Mar 31 @ 3:00 pm

Inspired after hearing Handel’s Messiah, Joseph Haydn wrote his greatest oratorio, The Creation, one of the most beloved works in the choral literature. Haydn’s depiction of the Biblical creation of the world is jubilant and uplifting. The 170-voices of the Chorale, orchestra, and soloists perform The Creation.

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Apr
1
Mon
Bel Canto Company – Harmonious Accord @ WELL-SPRING THEATRE
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 @ Hayes Barton United Methodist Church
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 @ Duke Chapel
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.

Apr
27
Sat
Rachmaninoff’s Vespers @ Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral
Apr 27 @ 8:00 pm

Sergei Rachmaninoff weaves chant-based melodies into a lush harmonic fabric in his hauntingly beautiful Vespers (All-Night Vigil). The Chorale presents this sonorous a cappella work in Raleigh’s new, stunningly reverberant cathedral.

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Apr
28
Sun
20th Anniversary Concert & Gala @ Masonic Center
Apr 28 @ 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Come and celebrate our 20th Anniversary with us in this beautiful new Winston-Salem venue. Special features include:
–Special Anniversary Concert
–Alumni Soloists
–J. Reece Norris, Composer of our commissioned anthem
–Actress Robin Voiers, Narrator
–Heavy Hors d’œuvres
–Cash bar
–Silent & Live Auctions
This is an evening not to be missed! Please contact us at (336) 922-4073 or wsgcsing@aol.com for more information.

May
4
Sat
Spring Concert with the Choral Society of Durham @ Duke Chapel
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 @ Carolina Theater in Durham
May 5 @ 3:00 pm

Mendelssohn Psalm 42

Debussy La Damoiselle élue

May
18
Sat
Life, Love and Reflections @ Hill Hall
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.

May
21
Tue
NC Master Chorale – TILL WE MEET AGAIN @ Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
May 21 @ 7:30 pm

Lovingly crafted, this program features 40-voices from the Chorale performing exquisite and heartwarming works associated with parting company and the journey of life. Our concert features Songs of Farewell by celebrated British composer Hubert Parry, and selections by Brahms and Mendelssohn. The concert’s second half brings a mix of folk songs, spirituals, and musical theatre.

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Jun
1
Sat
Women of Note @ Chapel of the Cross
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 @ Christ Episcopal Church
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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