Summer Music Fit For a King - Summer Singers of Lee's Summit
Jul
30
3:00 pm15:00

Summer Music Fit For a King - Summer Singers of Lee's Summit

St. Paul's Episcopal Church
416 Grand Avenue, Lee's Summit, MO 64062

60 Voice Summer Singers of Lee's Summit and Chamber Orchestra perform the 4th Annual Concert, including

Handel: Coronation Anthems

Mozart: Coronation Mass

Spirituals on Kingly Themes and Arrangements by William Dawson and Alice Parker

Soloists: Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano; Julia 

Scozzafava, alto; David Adams, tenor; Joshua Lawlor, baritone

Dr. William Baker, Music Director & Conductor

JUDAS MACCABAEUS by George Frederic Handel
Aug
20
2:00 pm14:00

JUDAS MACCABAEUS by George Frederic Handel

Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral
415 West 13th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105

The 125-voice Summer Singers of Kansas City and Chamber Orchestra perform Handel's beloved oratorio JUDAS MACCABAEUS, with soloists Sarah Tannehill Anderson, Kristee Haney, David Adams and Joshua Lawlor. Music Director William Baker conducts. The Summer Singers of Kansas City celebrate their 19th annual concert of choral orchestral masterworks.

 


BACH - Baroque Summer Institute Chorus & Orchestra
Jul
23
6:00 pm18:00

BACH - Baroque Summer Institute Chorus & Orchestra

First United Methodist Church
56 Whitlock Avenue Southwest, Marietta, GA 30064

Baroque Summer Institute, formerly Cobb Summer Singers, will perform BACH

Brandenburg Concert No. 3

Cantata No. 4 Christ lag in Todesbanden and

Cantata No.140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die stimme with chamber orchestra

Arietha Lockhart, soprano; Jonathan Pilkington, tenor; Steven Ozcomert, baritone

Lynn Swanson, Music Director and Conductor
Ivy Belk Pirl, Accompanist

Baroque Summer Institute begins rehearsals!
Jul
9
7:00 pm19:00

Baroque Summer Institute begins rehearsals!

First United Methodist Church, 
55 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064

Join the Baroque Summer Institute as they perform J. S. Bach's Cantatas No. 4 Christ lag in todesbanden and Cantata NO. 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme with soloists Arietha Lockhart, Jonathan Pilkington and Stephen Ozcomert with the Orchestra of the American Heartland.

5 Rehearsals: July 9 (registration begins at 6:30), July 11, July 13, July 18, July 20 with a performance on July 23. 

Lynn Swanson, Music Director and Conductor
Brian Parks, Assistant Music Director
Ivy Belk Pirl, Accompanist

SUMMER SINGERS OF ATLANTA begins rehearsals!
Jun
12
7:15 pm19:15

SUMMER SINGERS OF ATLANTA begins rehearsals!

  • Saint Mark United Methodist Church

In it's 28th year, the Summer Singers of Atlanta performs Carl Orff's CARMINA BURANA.  Rehearsals are every Monday evening  until the performance on Sunday, August 13 at 3:00.

Northwest Georgia Summer Singers begins rehearsals!
Jun
8
7:00 pm19:00

Northwest Georgia Summer Singers begins rehearsals!

Join the Northwest Georgia Summer Singers in a performance of sacred classics and rousing spirituals
Rehearsals June 8 - August 3 at Heritage Baptist Church
1070 Douthit Ferry Road in Cartersville
Performance Saturday, August 5

Charles Nelson, Music Director & Conductor

Rosanne St. Clair, Accompanist

SUMMER SINGERS OF LEE'S SUMMIT begins rehearsals!
Jun
8
7:00 pm19:00

SUMMER SINGERS OF LEE'S SUMMIT begins rehearsals!

  • St. Paul's Episcopal Church

In its 4th year, the Summer Singers of Lee's Summit will perform "Summer Music Fit for a King" on July 30. Selections include MOZART's Coronation Mass, HANDEL's Coronation Anthems and African-American spirituals on Kingly themes. Rehearsals are every Thursday evening from 7:00 to 9:00

SUMMER SINGERS OF KANSAS CITY begins rehearsals!
Jun
6
7:00 pm19:00

SUMMER SINGERS OF KANSAS CITY begins rehearsals!

  • Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Join the Summer Singers of Kansas City as they perform Handel's JUDAS MACCABEUS with soloists Sarah Tannehill Anderson, Kristee Haney, David Adams and Joshua Lawlor and members of the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra.  Meeting every Tuesday night (off 7/4 and 7/11) with a performance on August 20.

THE LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS at Piccolo Spoleto
May
29
3:00 pm15:00

THE LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS at Piccolo Spoleto

  • Circular Church

Since 1989 the Festival Singers have delighted capacity audiences in annual concerts at Charleston's famous Piccolo Spoleto Festival.  the 2017 performance constitutes Lynn Swanson's final appearance as Music Director.  Join us for a grand celebration of a cappella classics and spirituals.

Admission is free; donations requested.

ILLUMINATION: Songs of Beauty and Light with the Northwest Georgia Festival Singers
May
13
7:00 pm19:00

ILLUMINATION: Songs of Beauty and Light with the Northwest Georgia Festival Singers

  • Heritage Baptist Church

Join the Northwest Georgia Festival Singers, under the direction of Charles Nelson, for an evening of songs dedicated to light and beauty. The final concert in their inaugural season includes the music of Roland CARTER, Daniel ELDER, John RATLEDGE, Ola GJEILO, Robert SHAW, George HARRISON, John DAVID, and John RUTTER. 

Admission is $10 in advance or at the door. 

 

THE WILLIAM BAKER FESTIVAL SINGERS 19th Annual Home Concert
May
5
7:30 pm19:30

THE WILLIAM BAKER FESTIVAL SINGERS 19th Annual Home Concert

  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

The William Baker Festival Singers closes its 19th season with performances of pieces from among "the very best of the very best" performances from their 2016-2017 concert season.  Included will be the signature Spirituals and Sacred Harp pieces alongside compositions from contemporary composers including member and Composer-in-residence Ed Frazier Davis.  

Tickets may be purchased in advanced for $10 through Eventbrite and $15 at the door. 

The William Baker Festival Singers at St. Mary's Episcopal Church
Apr
30
3:00 pm15:00

The William Baker Festival Singers at St. Mary's Episcopal Church

  • St. Mary's Episcopal Church

The William Baker Festival Singers perform works from their 2016-2017 repertoire, including music of contemporary composers, Sacred Harp and Spirituals.

This concert will benefit the homeless community of Kansas City.  Admission is FREE with your donation of non-perishable food items and new and unused toiletry items.

Apr
30
3:00 pm15:00

LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS 25th Annual "Bon Voyage" Concert II

  • St. John United Methodist Church

The Lynn Swanson Festival Singers give a hometown preview of their upcoming 25th anniversary performance at the prestigious Charleston music festival Piccolo Spoleto. Final performance.

Adult general admission tickets are $10 online at Evenbrite and $15 at the door. Youth 17 and under are $5 online or at the door.  Patron Reserved seating is $25 and available online only.  

Doors open 1/2 hour before performance begins.

LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS 25th Annual "Bon Voyage" Concert I
Apr
29
7:00 pm19:00

LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS 25th Annual "Bon Voyage" Concert I

  • Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

The Lynn Swanson Festival Singers give a hometown preview of their upcoming 25th anniversary performance at the prestigious Charleston music festival Piccolo Spoleto. 

Adult general admission tickets are $10 online at Evenbrite and $15 at the door. Youth 17 and under are $5 online or at the door.  Patron Reserved seating is $25 and available online only.  

Doors open 1/2 hour before performance begins.

5th Annual Kenneth C. Babcock Memorial Masterworks Concert: DELLO JOIO - BERNSTEIN - PEETERS - TAVENER - DAVIS (World Premiere)
Apr
2
2:00 pm14:00

5th Annual Kenneth C. Babcock Memorial Masterworks Concert: DELLO JOIO - BERNSTEIN - PEETERS - TAVENER - DAVIS (World Premiere)

  • Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

The William Baker Festival Singers, brass and organ perform Masterworks of the 20th and 21st Centuries including Dello Joio: To St. Cecilia; Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Flor Peeters:  Entrata Festiva; Erik Esenvalds: Northern Lights; John Tavener: Village Wedding; and Ed Frazier Davis, Composer-in-Residence: Sweetest Fruit Beyond Human Sense, World Premiere.

All seating is General Admission. Tickets are available online for $5 - $20 through  Eventbrite.com.

The Kenneth C. Babcock Memorial Masterworks Concert honors Ken Babcock, a loving and generous contributor to and participant in the Choral Music community of the Kansas City metropolitan area. Rarely missing a Festival Singers Concert, he and his daughters sang in the Summer Singers of Kansas City for many years. His generous financial support contributed greatly to the growth of The William Baker Choral Foundation during the decade prior to his death and enabled many participants and audience members to connect to music of timeless beauty and worth. Following his death in a tragic plane crash on January 11, 2013, the Kenneth C. Babcock Memorial Concert fund was created to honor Mr. Babcock and his legacy.  Through the generosity of his widow, Nancy Babcock, their friends and family, his great love for the work of the Choral Foundation lives on.

THE LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS in the 12th Annual Andrew Cain Memorial Concert present Masterworks of 20th Century British Composers
Mar
26
3:00 pm15:00

THE LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS in the 12th Annual Andrew Cain Memorial Concert present Masterworks of 20th Century British Composers

  • Saint Mark United Methodist Church

Join The Lynn Swanson Festival Singers and Herbert Buffington, renowned organist, for an afternoon celebrating the glorious anthems penned for the Cathedrals of England. Featured selections include ELGAR Great is the Lord ~ STANFORD Beati Quorun Via ~ VAUGHAN WILLIAMS O Taste and See ~ BRITTEN Festival Te Deum ~ PERRY I Was Glad ~ MATHIAS Let the People Praise Thee, O God ~ TAVENER Hymn to the Mother of God, Song for Athene and The Lamb.

Tickets can be purchased online through Eventbrite for $10 in advance and for $15 at the door.

The Andrew Cain Memorial Concert is given each year to honor long-time Atlanta arts participant and supporter Andrew Cain. Cain was an active member and supporter of the William Baker Festival Singers, Atlanta, until his death on January 1, 2005.  Through the generosity of his widow, Virginia Hicks Smith, and Mr. Cain's friends and family, The William Baker Choral Foundation maintains a memorial scholarship and concert fund in his honor. 

Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices Kansas City film premiere and gala concert
Feb
11
1:00 pm13:00

Robert Shaw: Man of Many Voices Kansas City film premiere and gala concert

  • Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

"Robert Shaw – Man of Many Voices traces the journey of a small town California boy who planned to be a minister like his father, but instead became the greatest conductor of choral music the world has ever known. At the heart of the film is the mystery of Shaw’s genius. With no formal musical training, he achieved a stunning early success in popular music and later became legendary for his interpretations of classical music’s great choral masterpieces.

An early champion of civil rights, Shaw had a mystical belief in the power of community and could communicate his passion for music with spellbinding intensity. As Music Director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in the latter half of the twentieth century, Robert Shaw changed the course of musical history through the many voices he set on fire with an enduring love of music.

Emmy Award winning actor, David Hyde Pierce, narrates the film. Starting with Mr. Shaw’s modest beginnings the story traces his improbable but meteoric rise to national stardom and international acclaim. The choral world’s fascination with Robert Shaw’s techniques are only slightly matched by the music world’s celebration of the sounds he was able to create. 16 Grammy Awards plus the first classical “Gold Album”, selling more than one million copies, attest to his 60-year career." from the website RobertShawtheFilm.com.

This Kansas City Premiere of Robert Shaw, Man of Many Voices will be preceded by brief performances by the William Baker Festival Singers, the Lawrence Children's Choir, Arietha Lockhart, Soprano, and a mass choir of local voices under the direction of Norman Mackenzie, successor to Robert Shaw.

Purchase tickets at Eventbright

Choral Workshop II with Norman Mackenzie, choral clinician
Feb
11
8:30 am08:30

Choral Workshop II with Norman Mackenzie, choral clinician

  • Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

Register here for Choral Workshops I and II

Music selections Mr. Mackenzie has chosen to present at the Choral Workshops include BRAHMS - How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place (English) and Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz (opening, only, of Motet #2); MOZART - Ave Verum Corpus; HAYDN - The Heavens Are Telling; and SHAW/PARKER arrangements of Wondrous Love and Saints Bound for Heaven.  

Norman Mackenzie is the Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  His abilities as musical collaborator, conductor and concert organist have brought him international recognition. As Director of Chorus for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), since 2000, and holder of its endowed Frannie and Bill Graves Chair, he was chosen to help carry forward the creative vision of legendary founding conductor Robert Shaw. 

During his tenure, the Chorus has made numerous tours and garnered several GRAMMY® awards, including Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance. Mr. Mackenzie’s acclaimed Terlarc recording of a capella sacred music, featuring the Vaughan Williams Mass in G-Minor, represents the ASO Chamber Chorus’ first recording apart from the Orchestra.  

At the ASO, he prepares the Choruses for all concerts and recordings, works closely with Robert Spano on the commissioning and realization of new choral-orchestral works and conducts holiday concerts. Mr. Mackenzie also serves as Director of Music and Fine Arts for Atlanta’s Trinity Presbyterian Church, and pursues an active recital and guest-conducting schedule. In his 14-year association with Mr. Shaw, he was keyboardist for the ASO, principal accompanist for the ASO Choruses and ultimately assistant choral conductor. In addition, he was musical assistant and accompanist for the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, the Robert Shaw Institute Summer Choral Festivals in France and the United States and the famed Shaw/Carnegie Hall Choral Workshops. 

Mr. Mackenzie was choral clinician for the first three workshops after Mr. Shaw’s passing, and in 2011 he partnered with Robert Spano for the Carnegie Hall Workshop featuring the Berlioz Requiem. He also prepared the ASO Chorus for its acclaimed 2003 debut and successive 2008 and 2009 performances in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic, in Britten’s War Requiem, Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem,respectively, conducted by ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles.

Choral Workshop I, Norman Mackenzie, choral clinician
Feb
10
7:00 pm19:00

Choral Workshop I, Norman Mackenzie, choral clinician

  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

Register here for Choral Workshops I and II

Music selections Mr. Mackenzie has chosen to present at the Choral Workshops include BRAHMS - How Lovely Is Thy Dwelling Place (English) and Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz (opening, only, of Motet #2); MOZART - Ave Verum Corpus; HAYDN - The Heavens Are Telling; and SHAW/PARKER arrangements of Wondrous Love and Saints Bound for Heaven.  

Norman Mackenzie is the Director of Choruses for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.  His abilities as musical collaborator, conductor and concert organist have brought him international recognition. As Director of Chorus for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra (ASO), since 2000, and holder of its endowed Frannie and Bill Graves Chair, he was chosen to help carry forward the creative vision of legendary founding conductor Robert Shaw. 

During his tenure, the Chorus has made numerous tours and garnered several GRAMMY® awards, including Best Classical Album and Best Choral Performance. Mr. Mackenzie’s acclaimed Terlarc recording of a capella sacred music, featuring the Vaughan Williams Mass in G-Minor, represents the ASO Chamber Chorus’ first recording apart from the Orchestra.  

At the ASO, he prepares the Choruses for all concerts and recordings, works closely with Robert Spano on the commissioning and realization of new choral-orchestral works and conducts holiday concerts. Mr. Mackenzie also serves as Director of Music and Fine Arts for Atlanta’s Trinity Presbyterian Church, and pursues an active recital and guest-conducting schedule. In his 14-year association with Mr. Shaw, he was keyboardist for the ASO, principal accompanist for the ASO Choruses and ultimately assistant choral conductor. In addition, he was musical assistant and accompanist for the Robert Shaw Chamber Singers, the Robert Shaw Institute Summer Choral Festivals in France and the United States and the famed Shaw/Carnegie Hall Choral Workshops. 

Mr. Mackenzie was choral clinician for the first three workshops after Mr. Shaw’s passing, and in 2011 he partnered with Robert Spano for the Carnegie Hall Workshop featuring the Berlioz Requiem. He also prepared the ASO Chorus for its acclaimed 2003 debut and successive 2008 and 2009 performances in Berlin with the Berlin Philharmonic, in Britten’s War Requiem, Berlioz’s Grande Messe des Morts and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem,respectively, conducted by ASO Principal Guest Conductor Donald Runnicles.

A Celebration of the Holidays with the Northwest Georgia Festival Singers
Dec
16
7:30 pm19:30

A Celebration of the Holidays with the Northwest Georgia Festival Singers

  • Heritage Baptist Church

Enjoy beloved Holiday Classics in the inaugural Holiday Concert of the Northwest Georgia Festival Singers under the direction of Charles Nelson. Celebrate the holiday season with classics of the season and original compositions from traditional Hebrew texts, including DANNER, RUTTER, PRAETORIUS, MORLEY, TCHAIKOVSKY, KOPYLOW, and arrangements by PENTATONIX. 

Tickets available through Eventbrite

Candlelight, Carols & Cathedral with the William Baker Festival Singers (Kansas City)
Dec
16
7:30 pm19:30

Candlelight, Carols & Cathedral with the William Baker Festival Singers (Kansas City)

  • Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception

The William Baker Festival Singers celebrate the beauty and wonder of Christmas, as it has done since 1998, with a variety of traditional, contemporary and timeless Christmas Carols and seasonal classics.  Although this year is no different in approach to the season and its music as a Lesson in Carols, The William Baker Festival Singers will sing the world premier of O Magnum, Mysterium by composer-in-residence Ed Frazier Davis and a setting of Gloria by member, composer and percussionist Sean Sweeden.

Tickets available through Eventbrite

Carols and Candlelight with The Festival Singers and Festival Brass (Atlanta)
Dec
4
3:00 pm15:00

Carols and Candlelight with The Festival Singers and Festival Brass (Atlanta)

Lynn Swanson Festival Singers (formerly Gwinnett Festival Singers 1985-1998, William Baker Festival Singers 1998-2015) perform traditional classics of Christmas with guest artists Herbert Buffington, Organist, and (Sunday only) the Forsyth County High School Chamber Chorus, Lisa Belk White, Director. Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2922 Sandy Plains Road, Marietta, GA 30066.

Tickets available at https://sundaycarolsandcandlelightholytrinitylutheran.eventbrite.com

Carols and Candlelight with The Festival Singers and Festival Brass (Atlanta)
Dec
3
7:00 pm19:00

Carols and Candlelight with The Festival Singers and Festival Brass (Atlanta)

Lynn Swanson Festival Singers (formerly Gwinnett Festival Singers 1985-1998, William Baker Festival Singers 1998-2015) perform traditional classics of Christmas with guest artists Herbert Buffington, Organist, and (Sunday only) the Forsyth County High School Chamber Chorus, Lisa Belk White, Director. St. Benedict’s Episcopal Church, 2160 Cooper Lake Road, Smyrna, GA 30080.  

Tickets available at https://saturdaycarolsandcandlelightstbenedicts.eventbrite.com