Western Reserve Chorale announces its 25th season
The upcoming 2016–17 season of the Western Reserve Chorale (WRC) marks its 25th year as a community chorus. The ensemble, with a roster of nearly 100 singers, welcomes all Greater Cleveland residents to celebrate with them during this anniversary season.
WRC will present three separate concerts during the upcoming season.
Its traditional holiday concert, to be held at Disciples Christian Church in Cleveland Heights on Dec. 4, will be performed in honor of John Roberts, founding conductor of WRC who passed away this past spring. WRC hopes all who may have sung with the ensemble, at any time in its history, will attend the performance and after-concert reception. The program will include Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams, and two collections of seasonal settings: the first by Jackson Berkey (arranger for Mannheim Steamroller), and the second, three spirituals by William Dawson. Additional music by Palestrina, Bach, Verdi and Rutter, and two newer works by Norwegian composer Kim André Arensen, will round out the programming.
In March 2017, WRC plans two presentations of this double billing: Haydn’s Mass in Time of War (1796) and Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living (2013). It will perform these two larger-scale works with soloists and orchestra.
Isn’t it Romantic will close out the 25th-year celebration. This June 4 concert will share the love of singing, as WRC explores choral works with themes of love and romance. In particular, the ensemble will feature the work of Romantic-period composers Johannes Brahms's Vier Gesange, Op. 17, for women’s chorus, two horns and harp; and Franz Schubert's Ständchen, for men’s chorus and mezzo-soprano solo. In addition, WRC will perform Eric Whitacre’s Three Flower Songs, which are delightful settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson, Federico Garcia Lorca and Edmund Waller.
WRC welcomes any singers who are interested in the art of ensemble singing. WRC members perform a broad range of choral music, from acapella to full orchestral accompaniment; early motets to music written in the past few years, both sacred and secular. Rehearsals begin on Sept. 6, and will be held every Tuesday evening, 7:15–9:30 p.m., at Disciples Christian Church on Mayfield Road in Cleveland Heights (across from Severance Town Center).
David Gilson, artistic director of the Western Reserve Chorale, resides in Cleveland Heights with his wife, Suzanne, and twin daughters, Hannah and Sophie.