choral music

color photo of LancasterChorale singing in a concert in a church
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It happens early on in almost every creation story — the stars and the planets are made and set in motion, leaving us, throughout the eons, to look up at the sky and wonder how it all works.

It is the stuff of poetry and music. And this weekend, LancasterChorale will perform a program of works inspired by celestial bodies and other natural wonders.

color photo of Lancaster Chorale performing
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There's nothing average about your average symphonic concert — the excitement as the musicians warm up onstage, the anticipation as the principal oboist tunes the other players, the astonishing moment when the conductor steps out and the orchestra unleashes wave after powerful wave of sound.

When LancasterChorale performs its Symphony of Voices concerts this weekend, you’ll experience all of the rich sounds, dazzling textures and powerful emotions of an orchestra concert sung by a full choir of professional singers.

color photo of Eric Whitacre leading his Live Virtual Choir
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"In 1991, I had maybe the most profound and transformative experience in my life."

That’s how Eric Whitacre began his February 2013 TED Talk about how his choral work Cloudburst and his history-making Virtual Choir project came about.

Columbus Children's Choir

You may have heard of Columbus's annual Indepedents' Day Festival in Downtown/Franklinton. The festival features artists, artisans, musicians, and community organizers working together to bring all sorts of arts and oddities to visitors. (Yep, the name of the festival is really spelled that way!)

This year promises a new musical talent that's a little younger than usual; The Columbus Children's Choir and Starlings Chorus.

color image of a black ol-styl phone wiht handset resting in a white modem "cradle."
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Do you remember the sound of a dial-up modem? Kind of R2D2 and Darth Vader all rolled up into one gurgly, bloop-bleep bridge of white noise that could take you beyond these four walls and out into the big, wide world online. Now that sound has inspired a brand-new choral work.

small white cross in the lower right corner, before a backrop of Montana hills and open sky
Robert Falcone

Somewhere in Montana along U.S. Route 191, near Yellowstone National Park, a small white cross marks the site of a deadly car accident. This cross and others like it have haunted Columbus physician and artist Robert Falcone for nearly two decades, raising  questions about the fragility of life and the possibility of an afterlife. Now, Falcone, Columbus composer Richard Smoot and the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus wrestle with these questions together in an installation of original art and music currently on display at the Columbus College of Art and Design's Beeler Gallery.

color photograph of Stephen Caracciolo and Lancaster Chorale members standing outdoors in front of a gazebo
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It is a poignant reality that innocence once lost can never be regained. But the innocence of childhood can always be enjoyed vicariously in the laughter and tears of children themselves, and also in music and poetry inspired by childhood. Composer and Lancaster Chorale artistic director Stephen Caracciolo’s choral work Songs of Innocence brings the pure and distant world of childhood to life in word and song.

color head shot of compsoer Tom Vignieri sitting in front of a piano
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Imagine a world devastated by war but renewed by the invincible power of nature. That’s what poet Sara Teasdale imagined in the immediate aftermath of World War I, when she wrote her poem “There Will Come Soft Rains.” And that’s what American composer Tom Vignieri imagined when, much more recently, he set Teasdale’s poem to music for two Columbus-based musical organizations.

color photo of members of the Bexley HS Vocal Ensemble in concert dress standing and sitting outside Bexley High School
Ben Hoffman / Bexley High School

It’s not every day that a high school choir gives the first-ever performance of a new work by an important composer. But for the Bexley High School Vocal Ensemble, tomorrow is that day.