Western Reserve Chorale announces its 201415 season

The Western Reserve Chorale performs in collaboration with the R. Nathaniel Dett Concert Choir from the Cleveland School of the Arts in March 2014.

The Western Reserve Chorale’s (WRC) 2014–15 season will feature an Ohio premiere and Act II of its popular program “For Love of Shakespeare.” 

For its December concert, WRC, under the direction of David Gilson, will share music of the holiday season, featuring the “Christmas Cantata” by English composer Geoffrey Bush, along with traditional favorites. 

In March, the group will present the Ohio premiere of Karl Jenkins's “The Peacemakers,” a multi-movement work composed in 2011 for choir, youth choir and orchestra.

Dedicated “to the memory of all those who lost their lives during armed conflict,” the work is set to music texts by Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King Jr., the Dalai Lama, Albert Schweitzer, Anne Frank and others. 

WRC’s June concert continues an eclectic program first performed in its 2012–13 season, “For Love of Shakespeare.” Act II will highlight selections from numerous settings of the Bard’s words from the past four centuries. 

In its 23rd season, WRC is a nonprofit group of amateur and professional singers, many of whom are Heights residents, dedicated to bringing high-quality performances of choral music to Greater Cleveland, with support from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Ohio Arts Council.

WRC welcomes individuals who love singing to join the group for the coming season. Rehearsals are held September to June, on Tuesday evenings, 7:15–9:30 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights.

For more information, visit www.westernreservechorale.org, or call 216-791-0061.

Gina Ventre and David Gilson

WRC conductor David Gilson, a Cleveland Heights resident, also serves as director of music for the United Methodist Church of Cleveland in Chagrin Falls and on the faculty of the Cleveland Institute of Music. Gina Ventre, a University Heights resident, is a WRC member and serves on the organization’s board.

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