Houston Chamber Choir Announces Diverse 2018-2019 Season, “Art & Soul”

Style Magazine Newswire | 5/18/2018, 2:29 p.m.
Houston Chamber Choir is pleased to announce its 23rd season, “Art and Soul,” with a diverse and compelling repertoire featuring ...
The Houston Chamber Choir, led by Artistic Director Robert Simpson, announces an exciting, diverse season for 2018-19. Pictured here is Simpson at the piano with members of the Choir.

Houston Chamber Choir’s 23rd season opens with a concert that illustrates the joy of musicians, highlighting our singers’ favorite pieces. This will be an evening of “the best of the best” by composers like Morten Lauridsen, Eric Whitacre and Bob Chilcott, along with John Tavener and Arvo Pärt. The Kinder HSPVA Chorale, under the direction of Shannon Carter, will be our featured guests as they present pieces that have kindled their youthful love for singing. Patrons will be encouraged to participate throughout the summer of 2018 by submitting their favorite songs for consideration. The evening will end with the Chamber Choir performing a sampling of audience favorites.

The Joint is Jumpin': Big Band Favorites

Saturday, October 27, 8 p.m. – 9:30 p.m./Miller Outdoor Theatre

The greatest music of the Greatest Generation.

Houston Chamber Choir’s second concert of the season boasts a program of hits from the Big Band Era that have won the hearts of listeners over many decades. The evening will include songs such as The Andrews Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” Fats Waller’s “The Joint is Jumpin,’” and Duke Ellington’s “Take the A Train.” As with all concerts at Miller Outdoor Theatre, this will be free and open to the public, with ample free seating on the hill and around the park. Reserved seating close to the stage is available with the purchase of an individual ticket.

The Unicorn, the Gorgon and the Manticore

Sunday, November 18, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. /St. Philip Presbyterian Church

Myth and spectacle as told by dancers, instrumentalists and choir.

In keeping with our mission to provide a wide range of choral music to the greater community, the Houston Chamber Choir’s third concert of the season presents the work of Gian Carlo Menotti. An enchanting 16th-century madrigal comedy sparked Menotti’s genius when he was commissioned by the Library of Congress to write this work in 1956. Scored for chorus, 10 dancers and nine instruments, it depicts three stages in the life of the story's protagonist, a strange poet who keeps mythical creatures as pets. This staged and costumed presentation affords a welcome opportunity to experience the dramatic flair and tunefulness for which Menotti is so well known. Patrons are invited to join Chamber Choir Singers, Dancers, Instrumentalists and Robert Simpson after the performance for a celebration at Yia Yia Mary's Pappas Mediterranean Kitchen.

The Wondrous Gift is Given: Christmas at the Villa

Friday, December 7, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 8, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, December 9, 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m./Chapel at the Villa de Matel

Featured Artists: The Treble Choir of Houston and Apollo Chamber Players

An eagerly awaited holiday tradition, our annual Christmas at the Villa concerts feature five stunning performances. Beloved carols and works destined to become classics are offered by the Chamber Choir in the serene beauty of the Chapel of the Villa de Matel.

Joining us for the matinee performances is the Treble Choir of Houston at Christ Church Cathedral, directed by Marianna Parnas-Simpson. Our evening performances will feature the Apollo Chamber Players, a Houston based string quartet.