Chorus Austin received seven nominations for awards in the Classical Music field from the Austin Critics’ Table May 24. One was for a Choral Performance, five in the category of Singers and one for Instrumentalist.
Austin Civic Chorus, the 120-voice symphonic ensemble of Chorus Austin, was nominated in the Choral Performance category for its concert featuring Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle under the baton of Chorus Austin Artistic Director Ryan Heller. The performances opened Chorus Austin’s 47th season Oct. 14 and 16, 2011.
In the Singer category, soprano Mela Dailey, mezzo-soprano Kathryn Findlen, tenor Nicholas Simpson and bass/baritone Bruce Cain were nominated for their solo performances in the Petite Messe Solennelle. Pianist Carla McElhaney received a nomination in the Instrumentalist category for her performance in the same work.
Marin Trautman, alto soloist, was nominated for her performance of City Called Heaven in the Nov. 12 and 13 “A Heart’s Harvest” concerts presented by Chorus Austin’s chamber ensemble, the Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble.
Now in its 21st year, the Austin Critics’ Table is an informal group of arts critics from the Austin-American Statesman and Austin Chronicle that each year recognizes outstanding achievement in the arts. Nominations cover performances from May 1, 2011, to April 30, 2012. The Austin Critics’ Table Awards will be presented during a casual ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. June 4 at the Cap City Comedy Club, 8120 Research Blvd. Admission is free. Music will be by the Invincible Czars.