Season Information

2013-2014 Concert Season

America, the Beautiful

Date/Time: Saturday, October 12, 2013, 7:30 PM
Venue: Foundry United Methodist Church at 8350 Jones Road at Highway 290, Houston, Texas

The Houston Choral Society will begin its 26th performance season celebrating the people and music of America.

Our program will kick off with a presentation of colors by an honor guard and a stirring rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” This patriotic trilogy continues with “America, the Beautiful” and “God Bless the USA.”

Along with a solemn arrangement of “Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor,” the choir will sing the anthem synonymous with our tragic Civil War struggles, “The Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Perhaps the most poignant piece is “The Testament of Freedom,” a stirring orchestral setting of the writings of Founding Father and third President, Thomas Jefferson.

States are front and center in the second half as the choir offers a fun-filled musical tribute with such pieces as “If You’re Gonna Play in Texas (You Gotta Have a Fiddle in the Band).” After a visit to the “Shenandoah” Valley, we give thanks for all this land, singing “God Bless America.”

Please join us at 7:00 PM for an informative pre-concert lecture.

 

A Christmas Potpourri

Date/Time: Saturday, December 7, 2013, 7:30 PM
Venue: Foundry United Methodist Church located at 8350 Jones Road at Highway 290, Houston, Texas

This concert is a favorite for both the singers and the audience. Sprinkled with popular songs like “Deck the Hall” and “Jingle Bells,” the evening will include beautiful pieces like “Magnificat” by Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, “Lux Aurumque” by Eric Whitacre and the “Hallelujah” chorus from The Messiah by George Frideric Handel.

No holiday concert would be complete without “O Holy Night” and a good ol’ fashioned sing-along with “O Come All Ye Faithful” and “Hark the Herald Angels Sing.” Also back by popular demand will be “The Twelve Days of Christmas” where we ask the audience to get into the act.

This is a special concert, followed by a dessert reception in the Foundry Fellowship Hall. Audience members tell us this is the perfect way to start the holiday season. Come be a part of it.

A pre-concert performance by the Fine Arts String Quartet will delight the audience starting at 7 p.m.

Please plan to join us for our annual holiday reception after the concert.

 

The B’s of Spring

Date/Time: Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:30 PM
Venue: Foundry United Methodist Church at 8350 Jones Road at Highway 290, Houston, Texas

Our audience should be buzzing about our Spring concert which will highlight works of several Big B’s in the classical world – Bach, Beethoven, Britten and Bernstein. The beginning piece will be by Rimsky Korsakov and, while not a B, the selection is “Flight of the Bumble Bee” from The Tale of Tsar Saltan, so it still fits the theme.

The evening will showcase the talent of our singers with “Sheep May Safely Graze” from Bach’s Cantata No. 208 and Beethoven’s “Fantasy in C Minor, Op. 80” for piano, chorus and orchestra.

We offer a belated acknowledgement of Benjamin Britten’s Centennial observance with our performance of “Rejoice in the Lamb, Op. 30.” We will conclude the evening by honoring one of the greatest American composers, Leonard Bernstein, with his magnificent “Chichester Psalms,” one of Bernstein’s most popular choral/orchestral compositions.

This is one concert you will not want to miss.

Please join us at 7:00 PM for an informative pre-concert lecture.

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