The Grammy Award-Winning Houston Chamber Choir Announces “A Heart for the Choral Art,” 2022-2023 Concert Season


Choral concert fans rejoice, as the Houston Chamber Choir recently announced its 2022-2023 concert season. Titled “A Heart for Choral Art,” this season promises to showcase the choir’s passion for what it does, with different genres of music to perform at each concert.

This will be the Choir’s 28th season, with a total of eight concerts making up the season from September this year to May 2023. Music will be performed from a variety of genres including classical, folk and indie folk that fans genres can look forward to.

After three tumultuous years of performing under health restrictions regarding COVID-19, this season marks the first since the start of the pandemic that will begin and hopefully end completely unrestricted. For artistic director and founder Robert Simpson, this means a chance for the choir to focus entirely on the music it loves.

“It’s very exciting to usher in the new season,” Simpson said. “And our title, ‘A Heart for Choral Art’, expresses my joy that for the first time in several seasons, we will be able to turn completely to the music we love to sing without worrying about medical protocols and the restrictions that kept us from feeling natural on stage.

The season kicks off in September with a festival tribute concert called “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing”, in honor of the 150th birthday of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The highlight of the concert will be a performance of Vaughan Williams’ “Mass in G Minor” as well as works created by his mentors Charles Villiers Stanford and Maurice Ravel.

“A lot of English music was inspired by European models from Germany,” Simpson explained. “Vaughn Williams is the person who returned to folk music from England and found music inspired by the spirit of England. He’s a very important composer for the development of English music, but he’s also a major composer, so we’re going to have a wonderful time celebrating his music.

Their upcoming concert, titled “This Land is your Land,” will feature folk songs as well as 1960s spirituals and protest songs reminiscent of the Depression era and America’s history of protest and struggle for peace. freedom. According to Simpson, this concert is intended to evoke the history of the American Revolution in particular. This concert is also free and open to the public.

Another concert of note in the upcoming season is the “Ancestors Dreams” concert which will take place next March. This concert is significant because it will be conducted by internationally renowned conductor and clinician, Dr. Anthony Trecek-King.

Dr. Trecek-King is a black composer and resident conductor of the Handel and Haydn Society, America’s oldest choral organization. He will bring music from overlooked black composers to the concert, with the aim of showcasing their work in a genre of music in which they are severely underrepresented.

Simpson has very high hopes for the upcoming season. Although the previous season was somewhat hampered due to pandemic restrictions, the feedback he received was so positive that he can’t help but bring the news with beaming optimism.

“I’m very happy with the music we were able to play last season,” Simpson recalled. “It was our return to live performance, and even though we had to take these precautions, we still really enjoyed singing live again, and our audience responded to us so well that we felt appreciated and missed.”

Simpson hopes to continue last season’s momentum in the new. He tells those who attend to expect different forms of music at each concert.

Season passes range from $50 for students to $201 for the six-concert option. For ticketing and subscription information for the new concert season, visit the Houston Chamber Choir’s website at https://tinyurl.com/bddve5dy.

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