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Key Chorale Mystics & Kings

An evocative exploration of the mystical and the royal.

Presented by Key Chorale November 10, 2022

On Sunday, November 27, Key Chorale, violinist Daniel Jordan, sitarist Kanada Narahari, and The Sarasota Ballet Studio Company will take you on an unforgettable journey of the senses with Mystics & Kings.

Works by James Whitbourn and Jake Runestad incorporate texts of luminaries and mystics laced with Indian soundscapes, invoking musical settings which are radiant, peaceful and luminous. Black composer Margaret Bonds’ rarely heard 1954 cantata The Ballad of the Brown King, sets texts by Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes in styles of classical, jazz, gospel and calypso to tell the story of the journey to Bethlehem through the eyes of Balthazar, the dark-skinned king.

“What I love most about this program is that we get to hear instruments we don’t often hear in the concert hall, and we get to be exposed to elements of Indian classical music that many of us have had little experience; and we get to hear an enchanting work by a Black female composer many of us have never heard,” said Maestro Joseph Caulkins. “Music to me is about exploration and discovery. This program is truly a feast for the senses, combining this incredible music with the beauty of the human body. We are grateful for this annual collaboration with The Sarasota Ballet and are so looking forward to working with these amazing dancers, talented choreographers, incredible musicians, and of course the most important part, 110+ voices of Key Chorale.”

The performance will take place:

  • Sunday, November 27, 4:00 PM at the Sarasota Opera House
  • Tickets are $20-$55. For tickets, go to keychorale.org or call the box office at 941-552-8768.