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.

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Choral Festival Concert: Mystical & Divine

October 7, 2017
4:00 PM
First United Methodist Church
Music by Schubert & 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.

Special Events

Annual Luncheon with special guest composer and conductor Dale Warland 
November 6
11:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Sarasota Yacht Club
NEVER STOP SINGING – A Life of Music, featuring Dale Warland. Key Chorale Perfect Pitch Award to be presented to Richard Storm in honor of his 80th birthday and his tireless efforts to promote the arts and culture in Sarasota.  Join in as we celebrate a lifetime of singing with Grammy-nominated composer and conductor Dale Warland and special guests touched by the voices of Key Chorale. Special musical entertainment organized by Maestro Caulkins, paddle raise, raffle drawings for priceless packages, and more!

February 15
6PM
BMO PRIVATE BANK, 240 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota
Cocktails and Cadenzas
An evening with Steinway Artist Jeffrey Biegel

March 23
5:30PM
The Circus Arts Conservatory Big Top, Nathan Benderson Park
Cirque des Voix® Opening Night Party
Sponsored by Capstan

Concert: Haydn’s Mass in Time of War & Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy

February 17
4:00 PM
“Behind the Music” with Maestro Caulkins is a free informal talk for concert ticket holders and begins 1 hour prior to the performance
First United Methodist Church

Key Chorale performs Haydn’s dramatic Mass in Time of War and welcomes guest artist Jeffrey Biegel to perform Beethoven’s rousing Choral Fantasy for piano, with a full orchestra, 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, Fauré and Duruflé.

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the death of Claude Debussy, this professional core choral ensemble and professional harpist Guiseppina Ciarla will present works from French Impressionist composers Debussy, Ravel, Fauré, and Duruflé, including Debussy’s Trois Chansons and Fauré’s heavenly Cantique de Jean RacineJamal Sarakoki & Stephen Fancher will be performing Dolly Suite for One Piano, Four Hands.

Cirque des Voix®: The Music of Danny Elfman

March 23 7:30
March 24 2:00
March 25 5:00
The Circus Arts Conservatory Big Top

This dynamic blended presentation of the musical and circus arts, unlike anything in the country, features the 100+ voices of Key Chorale, a full orchestra, and spellbinding circus acts. 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. His evocative music 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.