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Chorus Austin Announces 53rd Season of ‘Many Voices, One World’

Chorus Austin celebrates “Many Voices, One World” with its 53rd season in 2017-2018. Leading the group is Ryan Heller, who will be celebrating his ninth year as Chorus Austin Artistic Director and Conductor. The 32-voice Chorus Austin Chamber Ensemble opens the season Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 with “The Art of the Prophets,” a concert featuring works by Bach, Schütz, Brahms and Mendelssohn commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Chorus Austin’s 180-voice Symphonic Chorus and...

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Chorus Austin Showcases ‘Southwest Voices’ May 20 – 21

Music with a local flavor marks the fourth annual “Southwest Voices” concert May 20 and May 21 by Chorus Austin’s select Chamber Ensemble under the baton of Artistic Director Ryan Heller. The concert, now a mainstay in Chorus Austin’s season, showcases works by composers from Austin, from Texas and around the Southwest, many receiving a world premiere performance. The Chamber Ensemble gives voice to these writers and their creations in two performances: at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 20, St....

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Chorus Austin Names Carlos Cordero 2017 Young Composers Competition Winner

Carlos Cordero, a graduate student at Moores School of Music at the University of Houston, captures the winning spot this year’s fourth annual Chorus Austin Young Composers Competition. His work, Seven Seconds of Love, will receive its world premiere performances as part of Chorus Austin’s “Southwest Voices” concerts May 20 and May 21 in Austin. The concert by Chorus Austin’s select 32-voice Chamber Ensemble, under the baton of Chorus Austin Artistic Director Ryan Heller, features works by...

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Chorus Austin Offers Rarely Heard Lidarti Oratorio Esther in Hebrew

Hidden from the world after only a few performances more than two centuries ago. Brought out for the modern era with only a few more presentations. The intriguing oratorio Esther by Cristiano Giuseppe Lidarti is now on its way to the Austin community. Chorus Austin will present this rarely heard jewel at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22, and 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr. The 180 voices of Chorus Austin’s Symphonic Chorus, under the baton of Chorus Austin...

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Voices of Mercy

Join Chorus Austin in a return to post-World War I with two settings of the Mass by titans of 20th century choral music in “Voices of Mercy.” Experience music from Chorus Austin Chamber Ensemble’s carefully matched voices February 4 and 5 as they present works by Francis Poulenc and Ralph Vaughan Williams. NOTE: New time this season for Saturday night performances: 7:30 p.m. Don’t be late. “These two Mass settings offer a stark contrast as to how these composers...

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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...

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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...

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Donald Grantham creates new work

It is hard to believe it is 2016, and we at Chorus Austin are beginning preparations for the final concerts of our 50th Anniversary Celebration. The journey has been fun and rewarding: making beautiful sounds, premiering our holiday commission “On a Winter’s Eve,” bringing a new Brahms translation to life. We are, indeed, honoring our past, enjoying our present and envisioning our future. And it is that very future, helping to create a choral legacy, that we are focused on...

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Singer Spotlight – Gail Minault

NAME: GAIL MINAULT I am a member of Symphonic Choir Number of years with choir – 16 Why did you decide to join Chorus Austin or why is it important to you? Having sung in choirs and glee clubs through high school, college, and grad school, and then after a long hiatus, I wanted to make music again. As for why it is important: I think that if one is musical, it is important, indeed imperative, to have music in one’s life. Describe Chorus Austin in three words Exhilarating,...

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Chorus Austin Names Young Composers Competition Winner

Chorus Austin Names Young Composers Competition Winner            Francisco José Carbonell, music director and organist at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Indianapolis,IN, takes the top spot this year in the second annual Chorus Austin Young Composers Competition. His winning piece, O Sacrum Convivium (O Sacred Banquet) for a cappella, six-voice mixed chorus, will receive its world premiere performance as part of Chorus Austin’s “Southwest Voices” concert May 16 and 17. The concert...

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Chorus Austin Names Inaugural Young Composers Competition Winner

Joshua Fishbein, a doctoral student in music composition at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), is winner of the first Chorus Austin Young Composers Competition. His winning  piece, A Prep-School Boy, will be featured on Chorus Austin’s “Southwest Voices” concert May 17 and 18. A second work by Fishbein, Oseh Shalom, also will be performed. The concert by the acclaimed 40-voice Chorus Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble, under the direction of Ryan Heller, features works by Austin, Texas...

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