Sunday, March 30, 2014
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra (CSO) Chorus will complete the 2013-2014 concert season with “A Celebration of Life and Nature” conducted by Dr. Robert Taylor. The concert will take place Friday, April 25, 8 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 98 Wentworth St., in Charleston. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for students.
The Charleston Symphony Orchestra Chorus is composed of 100 auditioned, volunteer singers from the greater Charleston area. The Symphony Chorus promotes the enjoyment and appreciation of choral music in the Lowcountry through performance of a diverse choral repertoire, presented in concerts of the highest standard of musical excellence, that seek to nurture and educate audiences and future singers alike.
The chorus was founded in 1978 by Miss Emily Remington – originally as the Charleston Singers Guild. As an associate of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the chorus has provided the choral component for a broad range of classical and modern choral masterworks and Holiday Pops concerts for the City of Charleston for more than 30 years. Annually, it performs a major work with the Westminster Choir College and the Spoleto Orchestra during Spoleto USA.
This exceptional program will conclude the season's offerings with a repertoire beautifully suited to the skills and vocal range of the chorus as well as the exceptional acoustics and organ of Grace Episcopal Church. “Rejoice in the Lamb” by Benjamin Britten will be sung by the select CSO Chorus Chamber singers accompanied by Grace Episcopal Church's organist and Music Director, Scott Bennett. “Rejoice in the Lamb” was written and performed initially in 1937 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of St. Matthews Church in England to re-establish the connection between the arts and the church.
The full chorus will continue the program with “Frostiana,” seven country songs composed by Randall Thompson, based on the poetry of Robert Frost. Initially performed with the poet in attendance, this compendium has become a standard for highly skilled choruses around the country.
The full chorus will conclude the program with acapella selections from “The Peaceable Kingdom” by Randall Thompson. The music of Randall Thompson has been a staple in the choral repertoire for the past half century. Using texts from the book of Isaiah and inspired by the paintings of Edward Hicks, this delightful work is marked by skillful craftsmanship, a pervasive singability and uncommon beauty.
Tickets can be obtained online at www.csochorus.com or at the door.