Musical Symposium

Texas Choral Consort has an August concert in Austin after a short but intense six-week rehearsal schedule. This year we’re singing opera choruses—a rather daunting summer symposium. These are some of the more famous and popular choruses from 18th century Handel to 20th century Bernstein). It has been educational as well as challenging. Instead of one entire opera, a narrative arc has been added to introduce these works and link them together.

Artistic Director Brent Baldwin will conduct four wonderful soloists, an orchestra (including an anvil for the percussionist!) and a chorus of 80+ voices on Saturday, Aug. 18, at 7:30; and Sunday, Aug. 19, at 3; both at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, 7050 Village Center Dr (off Far West).

Come see what we can do in thirteen 3-hour rehearsals! (I’ll add a shout out to Old Koenig Lane Christian Church for providing rehearsal space.)

More info and tickets here

Here are the titles for you opera buffs!

Viva L’Opera! Famous Opera Choruses

Narration

Chorus of Enchanted Islanders (Alcina, by G.F. Handel)

Voyager’s Chorus (Idomeneo, by Mozart)

Narration

Villagers’ Chorus (Guillame Tell, by Rossini)

Narration

Mira, O Norma (Norma, by Bellini)

Narration

Habanera (Carmen, by Bizet)

Te Deum (Tosca, by Puccini)

Narration

Waltz Scene (Eugene Onegin, by Tchaikovsky)

Wedding Guests’ Chorus (Lucia di Lammermoor, by Donizetti)

Bridal Chorus (Lohengrin, by Wagner)

Narration

Polovtsian Dances (Prince Igor, by Borodin)

Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco, by Verdi)

Narration

Rataplan (La Forza del Destino, by Verdi)

Narration

Matadors’ Chorus (La Traviata, by Verdi)

Brindisi (La Traviata, by Verdi)

Anvil Chorus (Il Trovatore, by Verdi)

Narration

Make Our Garden Grow (Candide, by Leonard Berstein)

One comment

  1. Kathleen · August 16, 2012

    Well, no orchestra after all. Cost would have been $15,000 per concert at union wages. Maybe next time. But the soloists, pianist, and percussionist are awesome. Carmen is quite “saucy”!

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