The Wichita Chamber Chorale has finalized dates for its 2013-14 season, its fourth under the leadership of Artistic Director and Conductor Mark Bartel.
December 14 and 15, 2013, the Chorale will present “Sounding Joy: Trumpets Sound and Angels Sing!“ Celebrate the season with festive holiday music for choir, brass and organ, from familiar favorites to stunning new settings. Long associated with the music of Christmas, bask in this glorious combination of voices and instruments which hearkens back to the Renaissance and continues to inspire listeners today. Featuring special guests, the Wichita Brass Quintet. Both concerts will be at Plymouth Congregational Church, December 14 at 7:30 pm and December 15 at 3:00 pm.
April 12 and 13, 2014, the Chorale will present “Songs from the Heartland.” Enjoy a musical feast of folksongs, hymns, spirituals and popular songs. The music of the people has been a wellspring for composers of art music and popular musicians alike, and an inspiration to singers of all ages. The concert features music by Kansas composers and songs of the heartland of America, including folksong arrangements for choir and piano-four hands. Featuring Wichita gospel singer, baritone Earnest Alexander, and a special chorus of Wichita area Middle School singers. Both concerts will be at Plymouth Congregational Church, April 12 at 7:30 pm and April 13 at 3:00 pm.
The season will conclude on June 6, 2014 with WCC’s annual Cabaret Fundraiser at Prairie Pines, 7:30 pm (Doors open at 6:30 pm). Broadway and popular tunes are featured as the Chorale showcases its singers in solos, duets, and mixed ensembles for this annual fundraising event. The relaxed atmosphere of beautiful Prairie Pines adds to the fun, and the evening also includes food & drink, a house band, and a silent auction.
In addition to these concerts, the Chorale will have two special performances:
The Hesston-Bethel Performing Arts Series, December 5, 2013, 7:30 pm, Hesston Mennonite Church.
Kansas Music Educators Association, March 1, 2014, 7:30 pm, Century I