It’s that time of year when arts groups are announcing their 2017-28 seasons, and Gloria Musicae, the long-running 32-member professional choral ensemble, is no exception. But, in an announcement Thursday evening at the Aloft Hotel, GM went one step farther, by announcing a brand-new name as well.
After 38 years, executive director Susan Burke and artistic director Dr. Joseph Holt announced, the ensemble will henceforth be known as Choral Artists of Sarasota. It’s a title the board decided would better fit the group’s mission. “The ensemble is comprised of professional singers—choral artists,” Holt says. “There’s no mistaking who we are with our new name.” And, of course, it’s nice to get “Sarasota” into the title, too.
Emphasizing that word “professional,” the sneak peek at the upcoming season also offered some performances by the professional singers who will perform Verdi’s Requiem this weekend at the Sarasota Opera House. They and the ensemble will join the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay and the Sarasota Orchestra in the Requiem performance, at 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 23, at the Sarasota Opera House. For more information on that, visit gloriamusicae.org. (The website under that name is still operational, but will transition soon to choralartistssarasota.org).
The 2017-18 season, “Celebrating the Classics,” begins in November and concludes with the group’s annual Fourth of July concert. Here’s the line-up.
Nov. 18 and 19, 2017: It’s time to celebrate Bach, with a performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor at Church of the Redeemer. Soloists include Adelaide Boedecker, Thea Lobo, Blake Friedman and Calvin Griffin. In addition, a quartet from Choral Artists will perform PDQ Bach’s Liebeslieder Polkas for the Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota as part of BachFest Sarasota on Nov. 15.
Dec. 10, 2017: A reprise of the ensemble’s popular Too Hot to Handel concert, which blends the composer’s Messiah with a gospel choir and a jazz-inspired score. The concert was performed this season with help from members of the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe.
Feb. 3 and 4, 2018: Carmina Burana in Motion. In a collaboration with Sarasota Contemporary Dance, which will furnish the moves, Choral Artists, the Sarasota Young Voices and soloists Catherine Wethington, Timur Bekbosunov and Jason Stearns present Carl Orff’s dramatic masterpiece.
April 15, 2018: Brahms’ Requiem is presented in a new arrangement for chamber ensemble, featuring soloists Emily Martin and Marcus DeLoach. The work is paired with the Piano Trio in G Minor by Clara Schumann.
May 13, 2018: Showtime! offers some movie musical classics, saluting singers such as Mario Lanza and Judy Garland and presenting a medley of hits from Mamma Mia! An appearance with the Artist Series Concerts, welcoming soloists Jennifer Sheehan and Tad Czyzewski.
July 4, 2018: Finally, the annual Patriotric Spectacular celebrating our nation’s Independence Day, offering audience favorites and choral fireworks.
In addition to the season’s concerts, the women of Choral Artists will appear with the Sarasota Orchestra in March in a performance of Holst’s The Planets.
Season packages and individual tickets go on sale Aug. 1 for the 2017-18 season.