Fort Worth, Tex. – Exceptional choral music is in store for Schola Cantorum of Texas audiences as the Fort Worth choir presents its 2010-2011 season, titled ‘Hard Times Come Again No More.’ The inspiration comes from the so-named Stephen Foster song, which the choir will perform at its fall concert Oct. 17.
Long known for its artistic style and performance across a wide range of choral music styles, the choir now adds a new dimension with the introduction of the Schola Chamber Choir, a group of 26 singers. The Chamber Choir increases Schola’s outreach into smaller venues that cannot accommodate the full 70-voice choir.
Schola’s 48th season also marks the return of Schola Lite, a flexible-size group of 12-24 singers that performs lighter choral music for a variety of audiences including civic and corporate events. Schola Lite is directed by long-time Schola Cantorum singer and Fort Worth choir consultant Carol Pyle.
Fall Concert – ‘Songs of Love and Loss’
Sunday, Oct. 17 – 3:00 p.m. – Arborlawn UMC – 5001 Briarhaven Rd., Fort Worth
Pieces by Johannes Brahms, Ralph Vaughn Williams, Morten Lauridsen, David Dickau and Stephen Foster embody the wide-ranging emotions of love and grief. Also, the Schola Cantorum Chamber Choir debuts performing Montiverdi’s ‘Sestina: Lagrime d’amante al sepolcro dell’ amata.’
Season and individual tickets are available online at www.scholatexas.com at $40 and $20, respectively. Discounts are available for seniors (age 62), educators and groups. Students admitted free of charge. Call the Schola Cantorum office, 817-485-2500, for more information.
Christmas Concerts – ‘Gloria in Excelsis Deo!’
• Sunday, Dec. 5 – 3:00 p.m. – Trinity UMC, 3321 West Park Row Drive, Arlington
• Tuesday, Dec. 7 – 7:30 p.m. – St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson Ave., Fort Worth
• Tuesday, Dec. 14 – 7:30 p.m. – White’s Chapel UMC, 185 S. White’s Chapel Blvd., Southlake
Schola’s ‘A Gift of Music at Christmas’ concerts again will be presented without charge. The nationally acclaimed baroque ensemble, Texas Camerata, will join Schola in a performance of Vivaldi’s ‘Gloria,’ followed by traditional Christmas songs.
Spring Concert – ‘Cathedral Echoes’
• Sunday, April 10 – 3:00 p.m. – First Presbyterian Church, 1000 Penn St., Fort Worth
• Monday, April 11 – 7:30 p.m. – First United Methodist Church, 777 North Walnut Creek Drive, Mansfield, Texas
Schola concludes the season with ethereal, emotionally intense choral music that include Josef Reinberger’s ‘Cantus Missae,’ for double choir; the polyphonic Renaissance ‘Miserere’ by Allegri; Morten Lauridesn’s ‘Lux Aeterna’ and Chilcott’s ‘And Every Stone Shall Cry.’
Dr. Jerry McCoy begins his third season as Music Director of Schola Cantorum of Texas. He is Director of Choral Studies and Professor of Music at the University of North Texas, where he conducts the renowned A Capella Choir, North Texas Chamber Choir and the Grand Chorus. Dr. McCoy teaches choral studies and advanced choral techniques and guides an acclaimed choral program that includes more than 300 students.
Alan Buratto is piano accompanist for Schola Cantorum. He holds degrees in piano performance from Washington State University and New England Conservatory. Highly regarded by Fort Worth choir audiences, he has done doctoral work in choral conducting at the University of North Texas and served as Artistic Director for the Texas Boys Choir.
About Schola Cantorum of Texas
Schola Cantorum of Texas is North Texas’ premier choral music performing group. Since its founding in 1962, the group has performed to critical acclaim across the United States and Europe. Known for its rich, resonant sound and dedication to honoring the heritage of choral music, Schola performs regularly throughout Tarrant County and the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex under the direction of Dr. Jerry McCoy. For more information, visit www.scholatexas.com.
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