HOUSTON, June 13, 2019– Houston Chamber Choir announces its 24th season, Illuminations, with a diverse and enthralling repertoire featuring world renowned special guests and guest artists, new partnerships and a world premiere. Some of the works explore deeper, existential matters, while other performances will lean toward lighter fare and tradition.
"Great choral music starts with great story telling,” says Robert Simpson, Houston Chamber Choir founder and artistic director. “And what vivid and compelling stories we have to tell this year! Their messages of joy, determination, hope and resilience radiate out from every concert of our season of Illuminations."
New and existing patrons are invited to attend the Houston Chamber Choir’s 2019-2020 season kick-off celebration on Sept 8 at 5 p.m., at the Kirby offices of Greenwood King Properties located at 3201 Kirby Dr. Hosting this cocktail reception and a musical preview of the season is Houston Chamber Choir supporter Nancy Younger-Kruka of Greenwood King Properties. Light bites, delectable beverages, and complimentary valet parking provided.
Houston Chamber Choir opens its ticketed season in September with the spellbinding presentation of The Diary of Anne Frank, Annelies by composer James Whitbourn, in partnership with the Holocaust Museum Houston at its newly reopened/expanded space. This promises to be one of the high points in the performing arts for Houston in 2019. In October, the Choir presents Jukebox Saturday Night, a free concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre that harkens back to American Bandstand and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the 1950s.
In November, local talent is the focus as five outstanding Houston composers present their music and insight, covering jazz, classical, folk and country. Christmas at the Villa: A Houston Tradition! is back again in December for four performances, a favorite holiday tradition in Houston, joined by The Treble Choir of Houston and bell choir Houston Bronze.
In January 2020 Houston Chamber Choir celebrates the 21st anniversary of its annual school choir Invitational Choral Festival in Hear the Future, featuring Parker Elementary Advanced Chorus from Houston ISD, Salyards Middle School from Cypress Fairbanks ISD and Clements High School Concert Chorale from Fort Bend ISD. The public is welcome to attend the free concert on Sunday January 26, 2020. In addition to the Sunday concert, Houston Chamber Choir will hold its second annual invitational choral clinic on Saturday, January 25, 2020 for eight deserving Title I high schools in our area. Leading the clinic will be Dr. Kristina Caswell MacMullen, Associate Professor of Choral Studies at the University of North Texas College of Music.
“Every January, the Choir and our community eagerly await Hear the Future, which is now in its 21st year,” says Houston Chamber Choir Managing Director Mariam Khalili. “This is a showcase of our finest local talent at the elementary, middle school and high school grade levels, with gifted directors and students in the greater Houston area together in one place for a celebratory weekend. We know our musical future is in capable hands after experiencing the stunningly beautiful music from these chorales.”
In February, the Houston Chamber Choir welcomes British composer Bob Chilcott to Houston for the world premiere of his newly revised Circlesong, a gripping work based on indigenous writings, while the March concert, Night Vision: Things Seen and Unseen, explores contemplation in a religious context.
The 24th season closes in May 2020 with the Pulitzer Prize-winning Anthracite Fields by composer Julia Wolfe, in conjunction with Bang on a Can All-Stars and Da Camera Houston. The work combines music, oral history, children’s rhymes, video and social commentary about the men and boys working in underground coal mines in the early 1900s.