Author: Laura Granfortuna

Chorus Austin Sparks the Holidays with ‘On a Winter’s Eve’ Dec. 17

The weather outside may be unpredictable, but inside the warmth of the voices of Chorus Austin will welcome the holiday season with the family holiday concert “On a Winter’s Eve.” The three Chorus Austin ensembles will perform choral classics and seasonal favorites together with a traditional audience sing-along beginning at 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr. Chorus Austin’s 180-voice Symphonic Chorus, 32-voice Chamber Ensemble and Youth Chorus combine with instrumentalists and audience for the family-friendly concert under the baton of Ryan Heller, Chorus Austin’s artistic director and conductor. Highlights of the concert...

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Chorus Austin’s 27th Annual Sing-It-Yourself Messiah December 3

Take a familiar refrain. Add enthusiastic choruses. Gather masses of people to lift their voices in song. All these elements help ensure that Chorus Austin’s 27th annual “Sing-It-Yourself Messiah” has something to help everyone get the holiday season started on the right note. The concert features popular arias and choruses from Handel’s beloved oratorio that bring together Chorus Austin singers, orchestra members and soloists with an enthusiastic audience. This one-performance-only concert is set for 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr. “For Unto Us a Child Is Born,” “And the Glory of the...

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Chorus Austin Sets World Premiere of The Book of Rounds Nov. 5-6

Chorus Austin opens its 52nd season with a set of “modern mantras,” composed as rounds by the songwriters of October Project, in the world premiere of The Book of Rounds: 21 Songs of Grace. The concerts, featuring the 32-voice Chorus Austin Chamber Ensemble and Youth Chorus, are at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, and 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr. “The Book of Rounds is a special piece for many reasons,” said Chorus Austin Artistic Director Ryan Heller. “These 21 ‘modern mantras’ embody the human experience: from longing to loving, from unrest...

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Chorus Austin Receives Austin Community Foundation Grant for New Composition

Chorus Austin is proud to announce that it has been awarded a grant of $10,000 by the Austin Community Foundation. The funds will be used to underwrite the commission of a major new choral work, The Contemplations of Hafiz, by noted Austin composer Donald Grantham. The work will receive its world premiere as part of the Chorus Austin’s “Past, Present and Future” concerts May 28 and 29 at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church. “For more than 50 years, Chorus Austin has provided the best in choral music – both masterworks and new pieces – to the Austin and Central Texas...

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Chorus Austin Names Michael Gaydeski 2016 Young Composers Competition Winner

Michael Gaydeski, an adjunct faculty member at Oklahoma City University, captures the winning spot this year in the third annual Chorus Austin Young Composers Competition. His piece, Dreams in the Dusk, is set to receive its world premiere performance as part of Chorus Austin’s “Southwest Voices” concert April 30 and May 1 in Austin. The concert by Chorus Austin’s select 32-voice Chamber Ensemble, under the direction of Ryan Heller, features works by Austin, Texas and southwest composers. Also featured on the program is a performance by Chorus Austin’s Youth Chorus, Diana Hopkins, director. “I first came across the poem...

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