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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 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...

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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...

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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....

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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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Chorus Austin Echos Sounds of Scandinavia February 27-28

Chorus Austin celebrates the music of Sweden, Finland, Estonia and Latvia February 27 and 28 with performances of its Chamber Ensemble and Youth Chorus in the program “Northern Lights.” The 32-voice Chamber Ensemble, under the baton of Chorus Austin Artistic Director Ryan Heller, and Youth Chorus led by Diana Hopkins, will showcase music not often heard outside Scandinavia and the Baltic region. Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr., and 4...

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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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