The streaming online season opener, Together We Rise: Celebrating the Resilience of the Human Spirit, brings us together to experience the healing and hope of music. Premiering on October 30, The Key Chorale Chamber Singers will present an inspirational program of favorites, uplifting spirituals, and music that celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit.
“We have all been through a lot in 2020, from social unrest to a divisive election and a worldwide pandemic. But the human spirit has an amazing way of finding the good through our ability to overcome, even when times are as challenging as these,” says Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins. “When many choirs across the country have gone silent, we have found, and will continue to find, ways to bring us together to experience the transformative power of music.”
The 25-voice Chamber Singers open with Joseph Martin’s “The Awakening.” This piece describes an image of a world without music, “a silent dream”—a world where “no choir sang to change the world, no pipers played, no dancers twirled, … no alleluia, not one hosanna, no song of love, no lullaby.”
“It describes the dream we have been living these past months,” says Maestro Caulkins. “But music and hope can never be silenced. After describing this dream, the music suddenly changes with an outpouring of joy. You hear the text: ‘The silence of the night has passed; a new day has begun. Let music never die in me! Forever let my spirit sing! … Let all our voices join as one, to praise the Giver of the Song. … Let music live!’”
In addition to “The Awakening,” you’ll hear “Sure on This Shining Night,” “Can We Sing the Darkness to Light,” “Let Music Fill the Air,” “Stand by Me,” and many more. Soloists Jamal Sarikoki, Amy Connours, and Zac Stockman will be featured, as well as two sing-alongs: “If I Had a Hammer” and “This Little Light of Mine,” which viewers can sing along with the Chamber Singers from the safety of their own homes. These songs were part of Key Chorale’s enormously popular Come Together Choir Online Choral Rehearsals.
The online streaming concert will be available from the premiere on October 30 until November 22.
Tickets to watch the 90-minute streaming video are $30 per household; patrons will receive a viewing link that can be activated any time during the streaming run. To purchase, visit Key Chorale here.