More and more arts groups in the region are now announcing their 2021-22 seasons, no doubt with relief that they can do so without having to constantly adapt to the impacts of Covid. One of the most recent: the Key Chorale Symphony Choir.
In a press release sharing the season news, Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins said, “We have decided for this season to really go all out. We didn’t want to present an emerging season of Covid, but a season that feels like what our audience loves most about Key Chorale. “
The ensemble continues to collaborate with other organizations on its programming, including the Sarasota Ballet Studio Company, the Venice Symphony and the Circus Arts Conservatory. He will also present concerts with several special guests.
The season kicks off September 25-26 with “Shout Glory! An evangelical awakening. With the Stephen Lynerd Group, this opening concert celebrates the legacy of African American spirituals and gospel music in a feel-good experience.
The aforementioned ballet studio company and interns join Key Chorale for the next event on November 28. “Sheer Grace” will bring Eric Whitacre to life Five love songs in Hebrew and its frame from the beloved children’s book Good night moon, as well as that of Ola Gjeilo Dark night of the soul and John Rutter Magnificat. Soprano Mary Wilson adds her voice to the mix.
Next, the ensemble joins musical director Troy Quinn of The Venice Symphony for the December 17th and 18th performances of “A Very Jolly Holiday”. Count on classic Christmas carols, music from Nutcracker, a sing-a-long and Handel’s Hallelujah Choir of Messiah for this one.
What Key Chorale calls “a 450-year concert in the making” then follows. “Choral Splendor in 40 Parts” on January 14 and 15 will feature 40 voices from the Chamber Singers and special guests Les Canards Chantants, an ensemble of solo voices specializing in Renaissance music. The audience will hear Thomas Tallis Sperm in alium and that of Allesandro Striggio Mass in 40 parts, this last masterpiece considered lost for more than four centuries.
The concerts on February 11 and 12 also have a lot of history, with the masterpiece “AD 387”. According to an ancient legend, in 387 AD Te Deum was spontaneously composed and sung alternately by Saint Ambrose and Saint Augustine on the night Ambrose baptized Augustine in Milan. Listeners will be able to follow this ancient text from its origins in Gregorian chant to interpretations from the Baroque era to the Romantic period, culminating with versions by Anton Bruckner and Antonin Dvorak.
After being canceled last season due to Covid, “Cirque des Voix”, the Cirque des Voix presented with the Conservatoire des Arts du Cirque, returns on March 18, 19 and 20 for its 11e year. This year’s show, The following Decade of wonders, will combine world-class circus performers with over 100 voices from Key Chorale and all 40 members of the Cirque Orchestra in their largest production to date.
The Lubben Brothers, an acoustic group made up of triplets Michael, Tom and Joshua, will add their vocals and a wide range of folk instruments to “American Roots: Bluegrass” on April 8, 9 and 10. the fusion of bluegrass and folk meets choral music.
The season ends in May as Key Chorale celebrates the power of choral music with a performance by over 200 singers of all ages, from high school students to seniors. Hear the best repertoire of the season from the Booker, Riverview and Sarasota High School choirs performing separately and alongside Key Chorale in this choral festival, “Tomorrow’s Voices Today”.
There is more to learn about other special events of the season; check it out at keychorale.org, where memberships go on sale July 15 and single tickets go on sale August 16. You can also all (941) 552-8768 for more information.