Repertoire

Repertoire of The Houston Choral Society includes the following, with a number of the works enjoying repeat performances over the years:

Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Hodie (This Day)
Franck’s Chorale in E Major
Joseph LoCascio’s Mass
Faure’s Cantique de Jean Racine, Opus V
Hans Leo Hassler’s Missa Secunda
Verdi’s Requiem
Beethoven’s Mass in C Major Opus 86
Vierne’s Solemn Mass
Rachmaninoff’s Vespers Opus 37
Durufle’s Requiem
Mozart’s Requiem
John Rutter’s Gloria
Mozart’s Te Deum
Ralph Manuel’s Alleluia
Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom
Dvorak’s Songs of Nature
John Williams’ Exsultate Justi
Kodaly’s Kallo Folk Dances
Frank Martin’s Mass
Dvorak’s Mass in D Major, Opus 86
Jean Berger’s Brazilian Psalm
Mozart’s Regina Coeli
Schubert’s Mass No. 3 in G Major, D. 167
Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (The Nativity)
Schubert’s Mass No. 6 in E Flat Major, D. 950
Daniel Pinkham’s In the Beginning of Creation
Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Benedicite
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Requiem
Scott and Johnson’s The Creation
Brahms’ Requiem
Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning
Bruckner’s Mass No. 2 in E Minor and Motets
Barnett’s The World Beloved:A Bluegrass Mass
David Overton’s Christmas With the King’s Singers
Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata (Sinfonia Sacra)
Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana
Mark Brymer’s Letters from Ireland
Brian Holmes’ Now is the Time
Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom
Handel’s The Messiah (Christmas portion)
Bach’s Magnificat
Arnold Rosner’s Magnificat
Finzi’s In Terra Pax
Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes
Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore (Concert Version)

Eclectic Pieces. Also, such eclectic pieces as Robert Reid’s Citizens of the Soil, Stephen Foster’s Beautiful Dreamer, Mark Hayes’ Home on the Range, Morten Lauridsen’s O Magnum Mysterium, Benjamin Britten’s Wolcome Yole (from Ceremony of Carols), Parker and Shaw’s Seeing Nellie Home, Gershwin’s Someone to Watch Over Me, Embraceable You, and I Got Rhythm, Emerson’s Riversong–A Celtic Celebration, Enya’s Orinoco Flow, and Eric Whitacre’s Lux Aurumque.

Opera Choruses. The Houston Choral Society’s Chorus on Stage concerts have featured chorus pieces from such operas as Puccini’s The Humming Chorus (from Madame Butterfly), Mussorgsky’s Coronation Scene (from Boris Godunov), Wagner’s Bridal Chorus (from Lohengrin), Bizet’s March of the Toreadors (from Carmen), Gounod’s Soldiers’ Chorus (from Faust), Wagner’s The Spinning Chorus (from The Flying Dutchman), Verdi’s Anvil Chorus (from Il Trovatore), Verdi’s Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (from Nabucco), Wagner’s Pilgrim’s Chorus (from Tannhauser), Mascagni’s Regina Coeli (from Cavalleria Rusticana), and Bernstein’s Make Our Garden Grow (from Candide).

Spirituals. Spirituals in The Houston Choral Society’s repertoire, favorites of the Europeans on concert tours, have included Moses Hogan’s The Battle of Jericho, Ted Hunter’s I Want to Be Ready, Roy Ringwald’s Deep River, William L. Dawson’s Ev’ry Time I Feel the Spirit, Aaron Copland’s Zion’s Walls and At The River, Hall Johnson’s Ain’t Got Time to Die, Norman Luboff’s Steal Away, Jester Hairston’s Elijah Rock, Parker and Shaw’s My God is a Rock, William L. Dawson’s Ezekiel Saw de Wheel, and Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein’s Ol’ Man River.