2016 – 2017 Season – Peak Performances
Celebrating Artistic Director/Maestro Joseph Caulkins’ 10th Anniversary!
Under the masterful direction of Joseph Caulkins, Key Chorale has become a producer of high quality collaborative musical events that support and embrace the talents of our community. What you may not know is that Joseph is also an avid mountain climber and when he is not conducting you will likely find him high on a mountaintop. Whether he is climbing a mountain, conducting the musicians at Key Chorale concerts, or leading the 100+ voices of Key Chorale reaching the peak is always the goal!
Key Chorale is Sarasota’s only symphonic chorus and this year’s Peak Performances’ season will present three masterworks concerts featuring Sarasota Orchestra musicians, and professional soloists.
We are ecstatic to announce that soprano Mary Wilson is returning in February for Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor!
The season opens with the Sarasota Choral Festival concert, Alexander’s Feast (or The Power of Musick) by Georg Friedrich Händel. Key Chorale’s The Sarasota Choral Festival* is a community event open to singers high school age and older. Last year 200 voices participated in the festival and this year Key Chorale is delighted to present the Festival as part of the Arts and Cultural Alliance of Sarasota’s two-week celebration of arts and culture, InspireSarasota! 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. We are delighted to welcome guest soloists Christina Bristol, Brad Diamond, and Todd William Donovan.
This season’s Holiday Concert is another high point of the year as Key Chorale presents Messe de Minuit Pour Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier.
All concerts included in your subscription will be held in beautiful downtown Sarasota in our favorite venue, First United Methodist Church. The concerts will begin at 4:00 P providing you the option of enjoying lunch before or dinner after in one of the many fabulous downtown restaurants.
Education Outreach program, Tomorrow’s Voices Today. This season marks the third time we have collaborated with the Sarasota County Schools for Key Chorale’s Education Outreach program, Tomorrow’s Voices Today. This year the high school choirs from Northport, Pine View, and Venice High Schools will join Key Chorale for a magnificent performance on May 5 at the Venice Performing Arts Center.
*All singers are welcome and NO audition required, to learn more and/or to register CLICK HERE.
Key Chorale 2016 – 2017 Season Subscription
- 25% discount off single ticket prices
- Reserved prime seating
- Advance notice of special events
- Opportunity to purchase advance tickets for Cirque des Voix®;
Sarasota Choral Festival Concert
Alexander’s Feast by George Frederic Handel
October 29 • 4:00 PM • First Church
The culmination of the Sarasota Choral Festival will present Alexander’s Feast (or The Power of Musick), an oratorio with music by George Frederic Handel set to a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton. A celebratory banquet is the scene after Alexander the Great’s conquest of Persia. Alexander, with his mistress Thaïs at his side, is charmed by the musician Timotheus, who by the sheer power of music arouses a wide range of emotions from charmed to intoxicated, saddened and love-sick to rage and fury. Fortunately, St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, is on hand at the end to set it all straight.
Messe de Minuit Pour Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier
November 27 • 4:00 PM • First Church
Marc-Antoine Charpentier was the most important composer of his generation during the reign of Louis XIV. His affinity for French noëls is showcased in his delightful Messe de Minuit pour Noël (Midnight Mass for Christmas). The Midnight Mass for Christmas, composed in 1694, is an excellent example of 17th century musical craftsmanship, while remaining highly accessible. One of eleven masses scored for voice and orchestra, this work is set for four voices, two flutes, strings, organ and continuo. It is written in choral anthem style, primarily homophonic, with several sections of imitative polyphony, and is through composed in nature. Charpentier composed more than 550 works of spellbinding craftsmanship, beauty and drama, which laid completely forgotten until a historical revival in the 1980s. Virtually none of his music was published during his lifetime due to his rival Jean-Baptise Lully who’s stranglehold on Parisian music, including a Lully’s monopoly on staged musical dramas, left the more skilled composer in his shadow. Now, 300 years later, his place in French history is be rewritten.
Mary Wilson Returns Concert
Great Mass in C Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
February 11 • 4:00 PM • First Church
Soprano Mary Wilson returns to perform Mozart’s unfinished masterpiece that was composed during 1782/83 and in thanks for his wife Constanze’s recovery from illness. It was created on a grand scale and contains some of his most powerful and inspiring music heightened by spellbinding vocal virtuosity for soloists and choir. In a letter to his father Leopold dated 4 January 1783, Mozart mentioned a vow he had made to write a mass when he would bring his then fiancée Constanze as his wife to Salzburg; Constanze then sang the “Et incarnatus est” at its premiere, which Soprano Mary Wilson will perform.
Tomorrow’s Voices Today
May 5 • 7:30 PM • Venice Performing Arts Hall
Key Chorale’s annual collaboration with the Sarasota County Schools featuring Northport, Pine View, and Venice High Schools.
First United Methodist Church
104 South Pineapple
Sarasota, FL 34236
Venice Performing Arts Center
1 Indian Avenue
Venice, FL 34285