Key Chorale’s 2016 – 2017 Season 

“Peak Performances”


Celebrating Joseph Caulkins’ 10th Anniversary


Special Events
Annual Fund Raising Luncheon
October 24 • 11:30
Michael’s on East

Gems for a Song
November 19 & 20
Arts & Cultural Alliance of Sarasota
Annual jewelry sale offered by Earthstone Jewelry in support of Key Chorale

Summer Tour
July 5 – 7
Cirque des Voix® in Washington, D.C. as invited performers at the 2017 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Sarasota Choral Festival
October 25, 28 and 29
First Church
Key Chorale’s Sarasota Choral Festival is a community event open to singers high school age and older. 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. Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins invites members of all choral groups to participate as this year the festival is one of several events scheduled for the Arts & Cultural Alliance’s InspireSarasota, a two-week celebration of Sarasota’s arts and culture.

The 2016 Sarasota Choral Festival rehearsals will be held on Tuesday night October 25, Friday night October 28 and Saturday morning October 29; the Saturday rehearsal will be followed by lunch and then the festival at 4:00 pm. Please call 941/321.7372 to pre-register.

Cirque des Voix®
March 24, 25, 26
A dynamic blended presentation of the musical and circus arts unlike anything in the country. Key Chorale has commissioned composer Ola Gjeilo to write a musical suite to accompany NEA recipient Dolly Jacobs for the world premiere in Sarasota and for the shows as a part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in Washington D.C.



Sarasota Choral Festival Concert
Alexander’s Feast by George Frederic Handel
October 29 • 4:00 PM • Church of the Redeemer
The culmination of the Sarasota Choral Festival will present Alexander’s Feast, an ode 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.

Holiday Concert: Music of the French Baroque
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.

Mozart withWilson
February 11 • 4:00 PM • First Church
Great Mass in C Minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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.

Spring Concert
Tomorrow’s Voices Today
May 5 • 7:30 PM • Venice Performing Arts Hall
Key Chorale’s annual collaboration with the Sarasota County Schools featuring North Port, Pine View, and Venice High Schools.