Symphonic chorus Key Chorale has announced its upcoming 38th season, using the tagline “Artistry Without Boundaries” as it explores works by artists from Vaughan Williams to Verdi to Aretha Franklin.
As it has in the past, Key Chorale will also be collaborating with other cultural groups during the season, including The Sarasota Ballet, The Venice Symphony, The Circus Arts Conservatory, Artist Series Concerts and even Mote Marine Laboratory.
The season begins Sept. 24 with “Equinox: A Celtic Celebration” featuring Foley’s All-Star Irish Band. The Oct. 2 concert, “Magnificent Markovs,” is in collaboration with Artist Series and features three musicians dubbed the “first family of the violin.” Nov. 27 presents “Mystics and Kings,” spotlighting The Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company and Trainees and works by James Whitbourn, Jake Runstad and Black composer Margaret Bonds, represented with a cantata set to text by poet Langston Hughes. And concerts Dec. 16 and 17 are a pairing with The Venice Symphony for a “Holiday Season Spectacular.”
The new year will highlight “Miniature Masterpieces,” classical works of eight minutes or less by such masters as Mozart, Mendelssohn and Faure, Jan. 21 and 22. The Key Chorale singers next turn up Feb. 3 and 4 with The Venice Symphony on “Cinematic Romance,” delving into love themes from popular movies.
Feb. 10 and 11 present Vaughan Williams’ “A Sea Symphony,” set to texts by poet Walt Whitman. A presentation before this concert will feature Mote Marie scientists discussing their research at sea. March 10-12 offers the chorale’s annual celebration of the circus arts with The Circus Arts Conservatory, “Cirque des Voix,” March 10-12.
Switching to “American Roots: CSN Crosby Stills & Nash Folk Rock,” the chorale welcomes back frequent performers here, the Lubben Brothers, April 22 and 23. Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe combines its talents with the chorale’s to mark the 50th anniversary of Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace album with “Grace The Spirit of Aretha,” May 8. The annual high school choral festival, “Tomorrow’s Voices Today,” will complete the season, May 15.
BTW, Key Chorale has also announced the 2024 U.S. premiere of a new work by Iranian composer Farhad Poupel, “The Legend of Bijan and Manijeh,” based on an ancient Persian love story taken from the Shahnameh, or Book of Kings, an epic poem written more than 1,000 years ago. Pianist Jeffrey Biegel will guest for that event.
Subscription packages are already on sale at keychorale.org; single tickets will be available starting Sept. 1.