*Events marked with asterisks are slated to be presented in-person, but we continue to monitor the public health situation and will adjust our plans as appropriate.
Vaughan Williams – Dona nobis pacem & Toward the Unknown Region
Sunday, September 25, 4 PM
Excerpts from Handel's Messiah
Sunday, November 20, 4 PM
Duke Memorial United Methodist Church
Free (Donations accepted)
Handbells and brass instruments will join with the Choral Society in December in joyous holiday works by two celebrated women composers — Libby Larsen and Cecilia McDowall — plus shorter works from many different traditions (and a glimpse of Bach’s Mass in B minor!). We welcome the Mt. Sylvan Ringers and Amalgam Brass for this first concert of the season!
Duruflé – Requiem plus Chinese choral works
Sunday, January 22 (Chinese New Year), 4 PM
This concert presents two stories, one of a young Kurdish refugee who travelled thousands of miles from war-torn Syria in her wheelchair, and the other the poignant photographic images of unnamed early 20th century Durham residents of different races. Two significant works invite us to reflect and to seek deeper understanding, both through the actual words of Nujeen Mustafa and through the imagined words of the people whose faces we see in Hugh Mangum’s photographs.
Winter Concert Encore*
Chamber Choir Concert*
New Date: May 7
We close our season with Bach’s monumental Mass in B minor, a work intended to summarize and showcase all the compositional technique and expressivity that this great composer had amassed during his life. Each movement has its own style and stamp of creative ingenuity. Performing it is often described as a lifetime experience, and hearing it from the audience can feel equally transcendent. We’ll be performing this piece at Baroque pitch (in a lower key), accompanied by period instruments.