September 2019-Williamsburg VA-From Chinese folk songs to traditional carols to works by Burchard and Whitacre, the guild’s 44th season has something for everyone.
Artistic Director Brian J. Isaac joins the Williamsburg Choral Guild for his second year and the choir’s 44th season, which opens on Oct. 27. The first program is The Promise of Living, an international folk program featuring composers like Chen Yi (Chinese Folk Songs), James Erb (Shenandoah) and Mack Wilberg (Homeward Bound). Aaron Copland’s The Promise of Living, a work for choir and piano four-hands, centers this diverse program.
In December, The Snow Lay on the Ground features Stephen Paulus’ Gabriel’s Message and Steve Heitzeg’s little tree, both for choir and harp, plus several traditional carols celebrating the season ahead.
And in March, the Guild will present Seven Last Words, featuring Richard Burchard’s work of the same name for choir, strings and organ. This setting of Christ’s last words on the cross evokes “love, fear, sorrow, hope, betrayal, agony and ecstasy.” Old Dominion University’s F. Ludwig Diehn Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Nancy Klein, joins WCG for this performance.
And ﬁnally, in May, the Guild celebrates the art of storytelling with a program titled Fable. You’ll hear works by Eric Whitacre (Goodnight Moon), Sam Pottle (The Jabberwocky) and Bob Chilcott (Aesop’s Fables), to name a few. The Jamestown High School Chamber Choir, under the direction of Matthew Rapach, joins WCG for the spring program.
“Last season, we pushed the envelope with new repertoire, and both our audience and choir responded positively,” said Brian. “This season, we plan to partner with like-minded performing arts groups to have excellent performances that attract and engage a diverse audience.”
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Williamsburg Choral Guild
Established in 1975, the Williamsburg Choral Guild is a mixed SATB all-volunteer chorus that presents four major concerts each season. The Guild’s mission is to bring magnificent choral music to the Greater Williamsburg area.
For more information, please visit williamsburgchoralguild.org