Join the Western Reserve Chorale in its 26th season
Western Reserve Chorale's (WRC) 26th season begins rehearsals on Sept. 4. It welcomes new members to join in a community of singers who enjoy the process of working together as an ensemble to create a musical experience for the Greater Cleveland area. The Chorale has a roster of nearly 100 members, so no singer needs to fear having to carry a part on his or her own.
Highlights of the upcoming 2018–19 season will include, for December's concert, Bob Chilcott's Wenceslas. This vivid musical narative tells the story of Good King Wenceslas on the Feast of Stephen and will feature the chorale, soloists and a brass ensemble, in a colorful array of styles, to recount this snow-bound story.
For March, the chorale has been invited to perform as part of the Maltz Performing Arts Center's concert series. The ensemble will present two works for choir, soloists and orchestra: Haydn's St. Nicholas Mass and Beethoven's Mass in C, both of which were written as commissions to the Esterhazy family, though composed some 35 years apart.
The final concert of the year will feature the Sunrise Mass by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, as well as a tribute to the poetry of E.E. Cummings on the 125th anniversary of his birth, with settings by Eric Whitacre, David Dickau, Vincent Persichetti, Z. Randall Stroope and others.
Rehearsals are held Tuesday evenings from 7:15 to 9:30 p.m. at Church of the Gesu in University Heights. If you're interested in joining the ensemble, visit www.westernreservechorale.org to contact the group.
David Gilson is the artistic director of the Western Reserve Chorale, the director of music for Church of the Saviour and the associate dean for student affairs at the Cleveland Institute of Music.