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. 

 

 

 

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.

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. 

Tickets are $10 online at Evenbrite and  $15 at the door.

All seats are General Admission; doors open 1/2 hour before performance begins.

Apr
30
3:00 pm15:00

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

  • St. Bartholomew 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. Final performance.

Tickets are $10 online at Eventbrite and $15 at the door.

All seats are General Admission; doors open 1/2 hour before performance begins.

THE WILLIAM BAKER FESTIVAL SINGERS 19th Annual Home Concert
May
5
May 6

THE WILLIAM BAKER FESTIVAL SINGERS 19th Annual Home Concert

  • Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

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. 


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.

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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

 

FREE Concert to Benefit Human Need benefiting the Episcopal Community Services
Nov
17
7:00 pm19:00

FREE Concert to Benefit Human Need benefiting the Episcopal Community Services

  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

CONCERT TIME HAS CHANGED FROM 7:30 as originally advertised on Eventbrite to 7:00 p.m.  In this FREE concert to benefit Episcopal Community Services, The William Baker Festival Singers present their a cappella repertoire with a program featuring innovative creations by composers of our time, including Daniel ELDER and a special tribute to Kenneth JENNINGS along with American and Swedish folk songs and  signature Festival Singer Spirituals and Gospel Songs. The concert is free but a freewill offering will be received to benefit Episcopal Community Services. ECS is a leader in Greater Kansas City's emergency food system and is launching a community-wide effort to ensure every person in the community has access to healthy, enjoyable food. The ECS, in collaboration with the Episcopal Hunger Relief Network, has helped rescue over 1.2 million pounds of food from grocery stores and retail partners. 

Nov
6
2:00 pm14:00

WILLIAM BAKER FESTIVAL SINGERS Opening Concert 2

  • Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral

The WILLIAM BAKER FESTIVAL SINGERS perform a diverse selection of a cappella works from GABRIELI, PAULUS, NYSTEDT, and BRUCH alongside contemporary art and sacred songs by ELDER and CASEY.  A special tribute to KENNETH JENNINGS as well as the Sacred Harp and Spirituals that the Festival Singers are known for are also included.  Represented this year are PARKER, HOGAN, FLEMING and GIBBS.  This 50-voice, semi-professional chorus was founded in 1998 by Dr. William O. Baker and has performed locally, regionally and at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City and Princeton Seminary, New Jersey.  

Tickets can be purchased online at https://williambakerfestivalsingersconcert2.eventbrite.com

WILLIAM BAKER FESTIVAL SINGERS 19th Season Opening Concert 1
Nov
4
7:30 pm19:30

WILLIAM BAKER FESTIVAL SINGERS 19th Season Opening Concert 1

  • Faith Lutheran Church

The WILLIAM BAKER FESTIVAL SINGERS perform a diverse selection of a cappella works from GABRIELI, PAULUS, NYSTEDT, and BRUCH alongside contemporary art and sacred songs by ELDER and CASEY.  A special tribute to KENNETH JENNINGS as well as the Sacred Harp and Spirituals that the Festival Singers are known for are also included.  Represented this year are PARKER, HOGAN, FLEMING and GIBBS.  This 50-voice, semi-professional chorus was founded in 1998 by Dr. William O. Baker and has performed locally, regionally and at Trinity Wall Street Church in New York City and Princeton Seminary, New Jersey.  

Tickets can be purchased online at https://williambakerfestivalsingersconcert1.eventbrite.com

LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS 32nd Season Opening Concert 2
Oct
30
3:00 pm15:00

LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS 32nd Season Opening Concert 2

  • St. John United Methodist Church

The LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS perform a cappella works of BACH, CLAUSEN, TAVERNER and ARNSEN together with Folk Songs and Spirituals of DAVE MATHEWS, ALICE PARKER and CALDWELL & IVORY.  This 50-voice, semi-professional chorus, originally founded as the Gwinnett Festival Singers (1985-1998) and formerly known as the William Baker Festival Singers (1998-2015), performs annually at Piccolo Spoleto before standing room only audiences.  Tickets  for this performance can be purchased online at https://lynnswansonfestivalsingersconcert2.eventbrite.com

LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS 32nd Season Opening Concert 1
Oct
29
7:00 pm19:00

LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS 32nd Season Opening Concert 1

  • First Presbyterian Church

The LYNN SWANSON FESTIVAL SINGERS perform a cappella works of BACH, CLAUSEN, TAVERNER and ARNSEN together with Folk Songs and Spirituals of DAVE MATHEWS, ALICE PARKER and CALDWELL & IVORY.  This 50-voice, semi-professional chorus, originally founded as the Gwinnett Festival Singers (1985-1998) and formerly known as the William Baker Festival Singers (1998-2015), performs annually at Piccolo Spoleto before standing room only audiences.  Also appearing in this performance are the newly formed Northwest Georgia Festival singers under the direction of Charles Nelson , and the Voices of Bronze Handbell Choir under the direction of Pamela Radford, Music Director at First Presbyterian Church.  Tickets  for this performance can be purchased online at https://lynnswansonfestivalsingersconcert1.eventbrite.com

Aug
21
2:00 pm14:00

VAUGHN WILLIAMS Dona Nobis Pacem

RALPH VAUGHN WILLIAMS Dona Nobis Pacem and FRANZ JOSEPH HAYDN Mass in Time of War (Paukenmesse) performed by the Summer Singers of Kansas City and directed and conducted by William O. Baker. Sarah Tannehill Anderson, soprano; Kristee Haney, mezzo-soprano; David Adams, tenor; Joshua Lawlor, bass.

Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral - 13th & Broadway, Kansas City, MO 64105 - View Map

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Aug
14
3:00 pm15:00

FAURE Requiem

  • Faure Requiem with 100-voice chorus
  • Art Songs of GABRIEL FAURE
  • Air in Classical Style for harp and organ by GRANDJANY
  • additional choral selections by DURUFLE and FAURE.

William O. Baker directing and conducting. Stephen Ozcomert, baritone; Arietha Lockhart, soprano. 

St. Johns United Methodist Church - 550 Mt. Paran Road, Atlanta, GA 30327 - View Map

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Aug
7
6:00 pm18:00

Mendelssohn's ELIJAH

Cobb Summer Singers perform Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH
with the Orchestra of the American Heartland


Stephen Ozcomert, Elijah                                                                                                    
Arietha Lockhart, soprano                                                                                                   
Laurie Swann, alto                                                                                                           
Jonathan Pilkington, tenor

Saint Benedict's Episcopal Church - 2160 Cooper Lake Road Southeast, Smyrna, GA 30080 -

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Jul
17
2:00 pm14:00

VIVALDI MOZART HANDEL

30 select young voices and chamber orchestra perform VIVALDI's Gloria and Beatus Vir, MOZART's Ave Verum Corpus & Eine Kleine Nachtmusik  and HANDEL's Hallelujah Amen with soloists Melissa Overton, Jamea Sale and Jennifer Berroth, all members of the William Baker Festival Singers of Kansas City. Directed and conducted by Christine Freeman, MME; Jamea Sale, MME; and Eric Newlin, MME candidate and Student Intern for the Festival Singers.

Grace & Holy Trinity Cathedral - 415 West 13th Street (at Broadway), Kansas City, MO 64105 - View Map

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