CONCERTS & EVENTS

A CENTURY OF CHORAL MUSIC BY BLACK COMPOSERS | May 26, 2022

The Solaria Singers, Orlando’s own professional vocal ensemble, presents a thrilling and compelling program of choral music by black composers. Some of the finest and well-crafted choral music ever written, much this music has been historically excluded or ignored by classical music programs. The selections include fine examples of non-idiomatic music by black composers as well as negro spirituals, always an audience favorite and a most beloved genre of American music. Composers include R. Nathaniel Dett, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Marques L. A. Garrett, Adolphus Hailstork, Moses Hogan, Undine Smith Moore, Zanaida Robles, André Thomas, and more!

The Solaria Singers is a professional choir comprised of the finest vocalists in Central Florida. Solaria performs fresh interpretations of the greatest choral works of history as well as the most adventurous, compelling, and meaningful music composed for vocal ensembles in the 21st century.

This performance is the opening concert in the First Annual Orlando Sings Choral Festival, and is also the first performance by any Orlando Sings ensemble to be held at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

DURUFLÉ REQUIEM | CLEARFIELD TSE GO LA | June 9, 2022

Composed in 1947, the Requiem, Op. 9 by Maurice Duruflé is one of the most powerful choral-orchestral works of all time. The composer takes ancient Gregorian chant melodies and organically surrounds them with harmonies and textures reminiscent of French Impressionism and even jazz. In addition to strings, trumpet, and harp, with this work we will once again feature brilliant organist Dr. Michael Ging.

The composer in his own program notes stated, “This Requiem is not an ethereal work which sings of detachment from earthly worries. It reflects, in the immutable form of the Christian prayer, the agony of man faced with the mystery of his ultimate end. It is often dramatic, or filled with resignation, or hope or terror, just as the words of the Scripture themselves, which are used in the liturgy. It tends to translate human feelings before their terrifying, unexplainable of consoling destiny. In Paradisum [marks] the ultimate answer of Faith to all the questions by the flight of the soul to Paradise.

Tse Go La (At the threshold of this life), composed in 2012 and scored for double chorus, chamber orchestra and electronics was inspired by the composer’s fieldwork in the restricted, remote Himalayan region of Lo Monthang in Upper Mustang, Nepal where she recorded and documented indigenous folk music with Katey Blumenthal, ethnomusicologist and anthropologist. The people of this region, just over the border of Tibet, are ethnically Tibetan. Lo Monthang is one of the last remaining enclaves of old Tibetan culture. These songs are sung in the Mustang dialect of Tibetan. Under the auspices of the Rubin Foundation, Clearfield and Blumenthal recorded 130 songs that had not been previously documented. The songs are now part of the University of Cambridge World Oral Literature Project dedicated to the preservation of endangered languages. The recordings are also now in the Cultural Library in Lo Monthang, Nepal and the songs are being taught to Mustangi children in NYC as part of a new Himalayan language and culture preservation initiative. Tse Go La was co-commissioned by the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Girlchoir as a way to bring some of these songs for the first time to the U.S. The libretto incorporates original poetry by Dr. Sienna Craig, chair of the anthropology department at Dartmouth College, and traditional songs and texts. The composer wishes to thank The MacDowell Colony, The Bellagio Center, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ragdale Foundation for providing invaluable space and time to compose this work.

A beautifully constructed and deeply satisfying work of art..a fantastic amalgam of cross-cultural influences, achieved with remarkable lucidity…rich… powerful..the complexity and allure of Tse Go La cries out for more performances.” —Peter Burwasser, Broad Street Review

This performance is the second concert of the First Annual Orlando Sings Choral Festival.

THE SACRED VEIL by ERIC WHITACRE | June 11, 2022

Premiered in 2019, The Sacred Veil is a 12-movement work and the most recent collaboration between Eric Whitacre and poet/lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri telling a story of life, love and loss. Silvestri’s wife, Julie, died of ovarian cancer at age 36 in 2005, leaving two young children. Including texts from Silvestri, Whitacre and Julie herself, the intimate, compelling score tells a story of courtship, love, loss and the search for solace. Although inspired by this extraordinary and moving friendship, the piece does not mention Julie by name and shares a very human journey –one that so many of us can relate to.

The Sacred Veil may be the single most important musical contribution in our time, perhaps in any time, to a non-religious, as well as non-political — perhaps we might say non-teleological understanding of death and loss. Its length and difficulty may preclude it from inclusion in your average funeral, but to experience it in performance with 40 singers, or perhaps in recorded form, may be transformative for those whose grief, recent or deep-seated, has never completely found closure.” — PeoplesWorld.org

This performance is the final concert of the First Annual Orlando Sings Choral Festival and concludes the Inaugural Season of Orlando Sings. A historic moment, this will be the Orlando Sings Symphonic Chorus debut in the acoustically exquisite Steinmetz Hall at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

PAST CONCERTS & EVENTS

MARDI GRAS GALA | March 26, 2022

We are pleased to announce Orlando Sings’ 1st Annual Mardi Gras Fundraising Gala. We invite you to join us for an evening of live entertainment, dancing, and Cajun-inspired cuisine, all while supporting the newest performing arts organization in Central Florida.

All proceeds will benefit Orlando Sings and the nonprofit organization’s community engagement programs slated to kick off in fall of 2022, including the new Orlando Sings Senior Singers, which will serve Central Florida’s retirees, and the Orlando Sings Street Choir which will uplift and support Orlando residents who are experiencing homelessness; providing them with resources and a community with which to create and inspire.

Cocktails | Hors d’Oeuvres | Live Music | Silent Auction | Dancing | Black Tie & Masks Optional

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

THE CREATION by JOSEPH HAYDN | March 8, 2022

Join us for one of the greatest, yet less performed masterpieces of the 18th century, The Creation by Joseph Haydn. Performing in English, we will be joined by a 21-piece orchestra from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra as well as featured soloists from Opera Orlando.

The piece blends Baroque elements from the oratorio tradition with Classical orchestral forms and structures, and foreshadows nineteenth century romanticism, especially with the opening depiction of chaos which offers a startling sonic blow followed by sounds, as if from primordial sludge, which originate from dissonance in the strings. Haydn’s representation of chaos must have been a startling and intriguing opening to the 1798 audience to which the piece was originally debuted.

Haydn’s The Creation provides listeners with a radiant vision of the Genesis creation story. In a world which often chooses to focus on the darkness, Haydn’s “Creation” is one which radiates light coming into the world. Of course, one of the most famous moments of the work is when the chorus proclaims, “and there was light.” Join us for this luminous performance!

A SOLARIA SOLSTICE | December 21, 2021

Join us for a beautiful program of seasonal music from different faith traditions interspersed with spoken word in the intimate setting of the Timucua Arts Foundation.

The Solaria Singers is a professional choir comprised of the finest vocalists in Central Florida. Solaria performs fresh interpretations of the greatest choral works of history as well as the most adventurous, compelling, and meaningful music composed for vocal ensembles in the 21st century.

This is the inaugural concert of the Solaria Singers, Orlando’s new premier professional vocal ensemble… an historic moment and a perfect way to celebrate the season!

JOYFUL BEGINNINGS | November 18, 2021

An historic moment for the performing arts in downtown Orlando, the Orlando Sings Symphonic Chorus presents its inaugural concert “Joyful Beginnings” featuring brass and percussion from the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and organist Michael Ging. The program includes the dazzling “Gloria” by John Rutter, landmark works of Randall Thompson and Ralph Vaughan Williams, and the southeastern premiere of “Seven Joys” by Caroline Shaw, the youngest ever recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for music. Joyful Beginnings celebrates the birth of Orlando’s newest performing arts organization and explores the many facets of Joy: joy and spirit, joy and sorrow, joy and reason, joy and the mundane, and joy and song.

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