10-10-2017: Messa di Requiem

This performance is supported by a City of Corpus Christi Arts Grant and will be accompanied by master-class instruction by Maestro Bill Doherty, an internationally renowned coach of voice professionals. 

Master-class sessions begin at 11 a.m. Oct. 10 in the Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. To apply, contact Corpus Christi Chorale Artistic Director Arlene Long.

Bass-Baritone Soloist Sam Reynolds is a graduate of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and a lead singer in Mr. Doherty’s Central Florida Lyric Opera. Mr. Reynolds will perform in recital without charge at 5 p.m. Oct. 11 in the Performing Arts Center.

 

 

 

Artistic Director’s Vision

My vision for this program began with a desire to show the many connections between Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, including the Corpus Christi Chorale, to the greater Texas community and beyond.  

The Chorale includes numerous TAMU-CC students, faculty and staff. One graduate in particular, Sam Reynolds, represents the finest quality of talent to come through the TAMU-CC Music Department. A native of Aransas Pass, Texas, Sam lives in Florida and sings with Maestro Bill Doherty’s St. Timothy Catholic Church choir and the Central Florida Lyric Opera, which Mr. Doherty founded.

Bill Doherty, composer of Messa di Requiem, is one of the nation’s leading vocal coaches, with studios in Florida and New York City.  His students have drawn international attention in principal roles with opera companies throughout the United States and Europe, on and off Broadway, and by winning top awards in national and international vocal competitions. An internally recognized teacher and workshop clinician, Mr. Doherty has conducted master classes in opera and voice at universities and conservatories throughout the world.

Mr. Doherty’s Requiem, had its world premiere in Jerusalem, and has been performed in Florida and in Rome, Italy.  The Corpus Christi Chorale will be offering the fourth performance ever of this music.

Not often do we have the opportunity to be in the presence of the composer of the music we are singing. Mr. Doherty will be here for the performance as well as the final rehearsal with the orchestra.  Over the three-day period, Mr. Doherty will offer an open vocal master class for selected singers.  In addition, Sam Reynolds will give a recital.

— Arlene Long

5-2-2017: Once Upon a Time

Our Spring 2017 performance: There be dragons!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017  |  7:30 PM

Performing Arts Center at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
[6300 Ocean Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78412]

Program:

  • Frostiana – Randall Thompson

  • Medley from Les Miserables 

  • The Reluctant Dragon – John Rutter

3-7-2017: Echoes of Sacred Space

Winter 2016 performance: Multicultural sound

 

Echoes of Sacred Space

 

Program

  • Behold, a sacred voice is calling us – quote from Black Elk Speaks in chant form
  • Miserere (Psalm 51) – Allegri
  • Hallelujah from Mount of Olives – Beethoven 1802
  • Barechu – Salamone Rossi
  • The Lord is my Shepherd – John Rutter
  • Gaudete! Christus natus est – Trad.
  • How lovely are thy dwellings – Brahms Op. 45, No. 4
  • Adinu – 1165-1240 Spanish poet
  • Ubi caritas et amor – Duruflé Op. 10, No. 1
  • O sifuni mungu Psalm 148
  • A Gaelic Blessing – John Rutter

When:    7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Where:   Performing Arts Center
                   Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
                   6300 Ocean Drive 78412

10-11-2016: Heaven and Earth

The Art of Listening

Program:

  • Stars Text by Sara Teasdale, Music setting by Ēriks Eŝenvalds
  • O Radiant Dawn Music by James MacMillan (b 1959)
  • Trěs cantos Nativos Dos Indios Kraó Arranged by Marcos Leite
  • Sunrise Mass Text: Latin Mass. Music: Ola Gjeilo
    1. The Spheres
    2. Sunrise
    3. The City
    4. Identity & The Ground

When: October 11, 2016, at 7:30 PM
Where: Performing Arts Center, TAMU-CC, 6300 Ocean Dr, Corpus Christi, TX.

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2016-2017 Season Overview

Our new season begins with Boot Camp Chorale. This is a 3-week event for August 2, 9, and 16, in preparation for Chorale rehearsals which begin on August 23rd.

During Boot Camp, musical techniques of voice fundamentals, score study, diction, and learning parts will be addressed. For new people, it is an essential introduction to Chorale. For former members, it is a great review of your skills and a peek at the new literature for this season. Auditions will occur any evening of Boot Camp. Boot Camp sessions begin at 7:30 PM as do our rehearsals. Please contact us with your questions.

Upcoming concerts include:

October 11, 2016. Heaven and Earth: The Art of Listening including Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass with string orchestra.

December 10, 2016. Home for the Holidays with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra.

March 7, 2017. Echoes From Sacred Space A diverse collection of sacred music settings.

May 2, 2017. Once Upon a Time including works by Sondheim, Verdi, Rutter, and Whitacre.

We are looking forward to an exciting, challenging season! Please make plans to attend.

5-3-2016: British Folk & American Gospel

Our next concert features selections from John Rutter’s The Sprig of Thyme and Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass with special guests. This program features two very different styles of music; Chorale is enjoying the variety, and we believe you will as well.

The Corpus Christi Chorale, with over 65 singers, starts in the British Isles with the folk-song settings by John Rutter. These charming folk songs tell stories of the stages of courting, with romantic references to nature.

Then we cross the Atlantic Ocean to America and experience the Mass in gospel style in Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass, with soloists Willie Heard and Ada Godley, and our “gospel band” Mike Mazzatenta (piano), Gregg Fielden (bass), and Matt McClung (drums).

We invite you to join us for a delightful and energizing evening of music! Tickets are available in advance from chorale member or at the door on concert night.

May 3, 2016, 7:30 PM at the Performing Arts Center, TAMU-Corpus Christi, Ocean Dr, Corpus Christi, TX.

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3-8-2016: Cantate Domino

This performance features Mozart Missa Brevis in B-flat, K 275, Karl Jenkins Te Deum, both with chamber orchestra, plus a Karl Jenkins Te Deum chant.  The concert is a brief history of sacred choral music, jumping centuries as we go. You are invited.

Please share, hope to see you there. Ticket sales from Chorale members or buy at the door.

When: March 8, 2016, at 7:30 PM
Where: Performing Arts Center, TAMU-CC, 6300 Ocean Dr, Corpus Christi, TX.

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10-13-2015: The Heart Sings

From Palestrina to folk music, from Morten Lauridsen to Carly Simon, The Heart Sings takes us on a journey through our responses to various aspects of life. The eighty voice Chorale will be joined by Dr Hye Young Kim, piano, Dr. Carrie Pierce, cello, and Dr. Matt McClung, percussion in this first program of the 2015-2016 Season.

Please share, hope to see you there. Ticket sales from Chorale members or buy at the door.

When: October 13, 2015, at 7:30 PM
Where: Performing Arts Center, TAMU-CC, 6300 Ocean Dr, Corpus Christi, TX.

Photo courtesy of Dieter Gora via Flickr. Thank you.

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5-5-2015: Viva Vivaldi!

Viva Vivaldi

Our next concert features Hope Thacker, soprano, in Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater RV 621. The Chorale performs Credo RV 591, and Gloria RV 589 with soprano Anna Evon joining Hope Thacker for the Gloria.

When: May 5th, 2015, 7:30 PM
Where: Performing Arts Center, TAMU-Corpus Christi
Tickets: $10, students free with ID.

Viva Vivaldi