Having recently completed a highly successful year focused on expanding educational and community outreach initiatives, Key Chorale is very enthusiastic about its artistically innovative and ambitious 34th season.
The Masterworks Series opens on Sunday, November 25, 2018 at 4: p.m. at the Sarasota Opera House with Misatango, a collaboration with The Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company. Misatango, Martín Palmeri’s tango Mass from Argentina, combines the passion of tango with the beauty of the Latin Mass text. The instrumental music of Astor Piazzolla and Ariel Ramirez’s evocative Misa Criolla capture the vibrant, lively sounds of Argentina with guitars, bandonéon, strings, voices, and percussion. Dancers from The Sarasota Ballet’s Studio Company and Trainees, choreographed by guest artist Elizabeth Bergmann, bring the melodies and rhythms of the streets of Buenos Aires to life, creating an unforgettable feast for the senses.
“I have the extraordinary privilege of working with 23 outstanding dancers from the Sarasota Ballet's Studio Company and Trainees,” says Elizabeth Bergmann. “That, coupled with the amazing, danceable music, has inspired me to make eye-catching, scintillating choreography.”
Key Chorale is excited to have secured world-renowned musician and bandonéon player Ben Bogart, who is a Berklee College of Music graduate and Bandonéon player who specializes in Argentine tango music. Throughout his musical career, Ben has performed as a soloist with orchestras, string quartets, tango groups and his own quartet, Cuarteto Tanguero. In addition, he has performed with tango icons such as Leopoldo Federico, Latin Grammy Award-winner Nestor Marconi and Grammy Award-winner Pablo Aslan, and with iconic orchestras such as the Cincinnati Opera and the Dallas Chamber Symphony.
“It is not often choirs get to sing tango music,” says artistic director Joseph Caulkins. “The combination of these gifted dancers set to music full of passion and incomparable beauty is truly stunning and unlike any program I have ever conducted.”
The remainder of the season will celebrate Key Chorale’s tradition of creating professional-quality collaborative musical events that embrace our community through a series of exciting partnerships. Following Misatango is Honoring Heroes, a community-centric choral festival that will honor local first responders through documentaries created by interns from Ringling College of Art and Design. The collaborative spirit continues with a presentation of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, a partnership with JFCS of the Suncoast, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee and Aviva – A Campus for Senior Life. Cirque des Voix®, Key Chorale’s dynamic collaboration with the Circus Arts Conservatory, will feature acts choreographed to some of the most memorable scores from film. The season concludes with the sixth annual Tomorrow’s Voices Today festival concert with Sarasota County high school choirs.
For more information about Key Chorale, or to purchase tickets to Misatango or any of the Season 34 concerts, please visit KeyChorale.org or call (941) 921-4845.