Upcoming Concerts

Fall 2021: A Celebration of Black Composers

The choir’s leadership initially thought about a concert of spirituals/gospels/jazz.  One of them suggested expanding the search to include “non-idiomatic” choral works by Black composers – meaning works that are not strictly in the style of the spiritual.  This resulted in the discovery of a world of talented, highly educated/trained but sadly obscure Black composers including Rosephanye Powell, Adolphus Hailstork and R. Nathaniel Dett.  Here is the concert’s repertoire:

Composer

Title

 

 

Moses Hogan

Ride On, King Jesus

Soprano Solo/SATB

 

Rosephanye Powell

The Word Was God

SATB

 

Moses Hogan

He Never Said a Mumblin' Word

Tenor Solo

 

Adolphus Hailstork

Crucifixion

SATB

Fantasia on He Never Said a Mumblin' Word

William Dawson

Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit

Baritone Solo/SATB

 

Adolphus Hailstork

The Cloths of Heaven

SATB

 

R. Nathaniel Dett

In The Bottoms

Piano Solo

 

Robert Ray

“Credo” from The Gospel Mass

Baritone Solo/SATB

 

 

 

 

 

Intermission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adolphus Hailstork

My Lord, What A Monin’

SATB

Fantasia on My Lord, What a Mornin’

Roland Marvin Carter

Is There Anyone Here Who Loves My Jesus

Tenor Solo/Solo

 

R. Nathaniel Dett

Listen to the Lambs

Soprano Solo/SATB

Fantasia on Listen to the Lambs

Duke Ellington

Ain’t But the One

Baritone Solo/SATB

 

William Dawson

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

Soprano Solo/SATB

 

R. Nathaniel Dett

The Chariot Jubilee

Tenor Solo/SATB

Fantasia on  Swing Low, Sweet Chariot

William Dawson

Soon Ah Will Be Done

SATB

 

 

As he studied possible “non-traditional” Black compositions, the Artistic Director found himself drawn to the works he is calling “Fantasias”.  That means the composer took a snippet of a known melody, and then developed it musically in different ways.  Bach did this all the time – as did Copland using the Shaker melody Simple Gifts in his Appalachian Spring.  Four of these Fantasias were programed.  Here is a link to a performance of Dett’s Listen to the Lambs.  Click Here

 

December 2021: Handel’s Messiah

On December 19 at 3:30 PM, the choir will present our 5th annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah including almost all of Part I (Christmas portion) and selected movements from Parts II and III including “Hallelujah Chorus.”  AND … the choir is pleased to announce that Barbara Prugh (Trumpet) and Mark Hightower (Bass Soloist) have signed on for this concert.  So, we will hear once again this great duo for “The Trumpet Shall Sound.”

Spring 2022: Reflections on The Covid Experience

This is the concert the Artistic Director planned in May 2020 to look forward and give assurances The Choristers would return when it was safe to do so.  His initial intent was this concert’s repertoire would be our very first concert back.  But because of uncertainties such as the number of singers initially returning, it was decided to move the concert to spring 2022. 

While complementary pieces have yet to be programmed, two works with soloists and orchestra are planned: Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living (Remembering those who passed) and Bach’s Cantata 191: Gloria in Excelsis Deo (Celebrating the new day).

The Forrest writes the music in the “Sanctus” was inspired by images of space from the Hubble Telescope and images of Earth from the International Space Station.   Click here  for a YouTube of the entire work.  Go to 23:25 to experience the amazing nearly eight-minute “Sanctus” which ends with a deeply moving hymn of praise to God.  This YouTube uses the orchestration The Choristers will be using.  The Bach is a composition which eventually became the “Gloria” movement in his monumental Mass in B Minor.  The beginning of the Cantata just explodes with joy!  Click here to listen to it.