2017 – 2018 Season
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Sarasota Choral Festival
October 3, 6 and 7 • First United Methodist Church
Key Chorale’s Sarasota Choral Festival is a community event open to singers high school age and older. Last year 200 voices participated in the festival and Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins extends his personal invitation to all of Sarasota’s choral groups to join our celebration of choral music in this important community outreach. It is a perfect opportunity for singers who are unable to commit to a full season of choral rehearsals and concerts, for choral groups that want the opportunity to sing with a larger vocal ensemble, and for those who do not wish to audition to join with other choral groups and the 100+ voices of Key Chorale. The festival format includes the opportunity for private voice coaching sessions and informational programs in between rehearsals on the concert day. All singers high school age and older are invited to participate. Click to Register Today!
Choral Festival Concert: Mystical & Divine
October 7, 2017 • 4:00 PM • First United Methodist Church
Schubert Mass in G Major and Five Mystical Songs by Vaughan Williams
Chamber Singers Concert: American Roots
October 22 • 4:00 PM • Church of the Redeemer
Exploring our American Roots with choral music from Colonial times to Appalachian shape note songs and even a touch of Bluegrass
Holiday Concert: Christmas with Dale Warland
November 26 • 4:00 PM • First United Methodist Church
November 28 • 7:00 PM • Venice Presbyterian Church
Composer and conductor Dale Warland’s career spans more than six decades and has made a profound contribution to the music of our time. Founder and music director of The Dale Warland Singers, with the Dale Warland Singers, Warland commissioned over 270 new choral works and fostered the careers of an entire generation of composers. The 29 masterful recordings produced by Warland and the ensemble includes Walden Pond, nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance in 2003. The music world has bestowed its highest honors on Warland, including induction into the American Classical Music Hall of Fame (2012); the Weston Noble Award for Lifetime Achievement in Choral Music (2010) from the American Choral Director’s Association; the Cultural Leadership Citation Award from Yale University (2010); the Robert Shaw Award in Choral Music (2007) from the American Choral Directors Association; and the 1995 Chorus America Michael Korn Founder’s Award, the highest honor for a choral conductor in the United States, previously awarded to Robert Shaw, Margaret Hillis, and Roger Wagner, among others.
November Annual Luncheon with special guest composer and conductor Dale Warland
February Cocktail reception with special guest pianist Jeffrey Biegel
Concert: Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy
February 17 • 4:00 PM • First United Methodist Church
Key Chorale performs Haydn’s dramatic Mass in Time War and welcomes guest artist Jeffrey Biegel performs Beethoven’s rousing Choral Fantasy for piano, soloists, and chorus. In 2015, Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA, conferred the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Mr. Biegel, for his achievements as the most respected prolific artist of his generation in performance, recordings, chamber music collaborator, champion of new music, composer, arranger and educator. Pioneer of commissioning projects joining multiple orchestras as a model for commissioning new music in the 21st century, Mr. Biegel created the first largest consortium of orchestras in 1998 for Ellen Taaffe Zwilich’s ‘Millennium Fantasy’ premiered with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in 2000, followed with Tony award winning composer Charles Strouse’s ‘Concerto America’ with the Boston Pops, Lowell Liebermann’s ‘Concerto no. 3, Opus 95’, premiered with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, William Bolcom’s ‘Prometheus’ for piano, orchestra and chorus, with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra and Pacific Chorale, Richard Danielpour’s ‘Mirrors’ with the Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Fuchs’s ‘Piano Concerto: The Spiritualist’ with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra (MA). For the 2016-17-18 seasons, Mr. Biegel will premiere pop music icon Jimmy Webb’s new work for piano and orchestra with Orchestra Kentucky, and PDQ Bach’s ‘Concerto for Simply Grand Piano and Orchestra’ by Peter Schickele. An avid composer, Mr. Biegel’s choral music is published by the Hal Leonard Corporation, Carl Fischer, Porfiri & Horvath and The LeDor Group. Leonard Bernstein said of pianist Jeffrey Biegel: “He played fantastic Liszt. He is a splendid musician and a brilliant performer.” These comments launched Mr. Biegel’s 1986 New York recital debut, as the third recipient of the Juilliard William Petschek Piano Debut Award in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall. He studied at The Juilliard School with Adele Marcus, herself a pupil of Josef Lhevinne and Artur Schnabel, and is currently on faculty at the Conservatory of Music at Brooklyn College, a City University of New York (CUNY).
Chamber Singers Concert: French Impressions
March 10 • 4:00 PM • Holley Hall
Key Chorale’s professional choral ensemble performs choral music from French Impressionist composers Debussy, Ravel, Faure and Durufle. 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy. Debussy’s Trois Chansons and Six epigraphs antiques for piano 4 hands featuring keyboardists Nancy Yost Olson and Stephen Fancher will be performed along with Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine.
Cirque des Voix®: The Music of Danny Elfman
March 23 • 7:30 – March 24 • 2:00 • March 25 • 5:00
A dynamic blended presentation of the musical and circus arts unlike anything in the country featuring the captivating music of Danny Elfman. The evocative music of Elfman is showcased in this integrated homage to characters such as Batman, Beetlejuice, Spiderman, Edward Scissorhands and even Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure. Danny Elfman Best known for his work in collaboration with director Tim Burton, composer Danny Elfman created one of the most distinctive bodies of work in contemporary film music, bringing his talents to a dark fantasy world populated by superheroes, monsters and memorable characters. In 1985 Elfman met fledgling filmmaker Burton; after collaborating on the score to the hit Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, they reunited frequently in the years to come, with Elfman composing the music to later Burton projects including Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Mars Attacks! and the Grammy-winning Batman. In 1993, he also scored the Burton-produced Nightmare Before Christmas, dubbing the vocals of the animated musical’s lead character Jack Skellington. Outside of Tim Burton’s sphere of influence, Elfman also scored a number of other features in the ’80s and ’90s, most of them strange fables such as Darkman, Dick Tracy, Army of Darkness and The Frighteners. His 1997 scores for the drama Good Will Hunting and that summer’s biggest box office hit, Men in Black, garnered his first Academy Award nominations. The new century brought continued professional accolades, among them new Burton collaborations. Another Academy Award nomination resulted from his work on Burton’s 2003 film Big Fish, and the two partnered for other projects including but not limited to 2005’s The Corpse Bride and 2010’s Alice in Wonderland. In the meantime, he released a symphony on Sony Classical in 2006 titled Serenada Schizophrana, and earned his fourth Academy Award nomination for Gus Van Sant’s Milk in 2009. His steady workload also included 2012’s Silver Linings Playbook, 2013’s American Hustle, and 2015’s genre-diverse Fifty Shades of Grey, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Goosebumps. The 2016 sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass marked Elfman’s 17th Tim Burton feature. That year also saw Sony Classical release his original music for the ballet Rabbit & Rogue, which had premiered at the Metropolitan Opera House in 2008, as well as his score for the film thriller The Girl on the Train.
Concert: Tomorrow’s Voices Today
Late April/Early May Riverview Performing Arts Center
Fifth annual collaboration with the Sarasota County School featuring Booker VPA, Riverview, and Sarasota High School choirs.