Western Reserve Chorale performs in CH June 7
The Western Reserve Chorale presents Back to the Bard - For Love of Shakespeare, Act II as its spring concert this season. Artistic Director David W. Gilson will lead the vocal ensemble at two venues: Grace Lutheran Church, 13001 Cedar Road, Cleveland Heights, on Sunday, June 7, 7 p.m.; and Federated Church, 76 Bell Street, Chagrin Falls, on Tuesday, June 9, 7:30 p.m.
Back to the Bard - For Love of Shakespeare, Act II is a follow-up to WRC's For Love of Shakespeare concert in 2013, which was enthusiastically received by the chorale's audiences. This time the playlist features compositional stylings of John Rutter, Rene Clausen, George Shearing, Matthew Harris, Ned Rorem and others.
Come hear the different approaches these composers have used to infuse meanings with musical underpinnings. Some stay truer to the original Elizabethan-age styles, while others use more contemporary musical approaches, enabling the text to relate more easily to the present time. These choral settings represent some of the most familiar lines from Shakespeare's sonnets and his plays, including "The Tempest," "As You Like It," "Twelfth Night," "Macbeth" and "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Now in its 23rd season, Western Reserve Chorale is a nonprofit group of amateur and professional singers, many of whom are Cleveland Heights residents, dedicated to bringing high-quality performances of choral music to Greater Cleveland.
Generously supported by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, WRC welcomes new singers to join the group. Rehearsals are held September to June, on Tuesday evenings, 7:15–9:30 p.m., at Grace Lutheran Church (for now). For more information, visit www.westernreservechorale.org or call 216-791-0061.
Joanne Poderis, longtime resident of Cleveland Heights, is executive director and accompanist for Western Reserve Chorale.