Author: Laura Granfortuna

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 Chamber Ensemble join for the group’s holiday classic “On a Winter’s Eve” Dec. 2, joined by the Austin Children’s Choir. This family-friendly...

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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. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 8134 Mesa Dr., and 4 p.m. Sunday, May 21, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3501 Red River...

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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 Austin, Texas and southwest composers plus the winning work. “Seven Seconds of Love is a beautiful new work that captures the composer’s...

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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 Artistic Director Ryan Heller, will perform the recently rediscovered work in Hebrew with orchestra...

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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 contemplate mercy, prayer and penitence,” Heller said. “France and England are separated by just 21 miles at the English Channel’s...

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