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It won’t be just any night when a celebration of Leonard Bernstein is underway.
This Saturday, the 26 professional singers of the Houston Chamber Choir will perform a concert featuring the full range of the world-famous composer’s genius in 20 works, including excerpts from Broadway’s “West Side Story,” “Candide” and “On the Town,” alongside sacred choral pieces and selections from “Mass” at South Main Baptist Church.
The program honoring Bernstein’s centennial is one of nearly 3,000 events taking place worldwide over two years and will be presented through the eyes of his oldest child — New York-based concert narrator, writer and broadcaster Jamie Bernstein.
Why does Houston need a professional choir?
It's a question Robert Simpson, founder and artistic director of the Houston Chamber Choir, fielded often back in 1995, when for every one person who said, “Please bring a professional choir back to Houston,” there was another around to say, “We tried it. It didn’t work. Save your time.”
Luckily, Simpson ignored the naysayers and was rewarded when the choir was named the 2018 recipient of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, as was announced on April 6.
Published in Houston Press online on April 12, 2018.
A preview of Houston Chamber Choir's fifth ticketed concert of their 17/18 season, Just Imagine!, written by Lawrence Elizabeth Knox.
Published in the Houston Chronicle online on April 11, 2018 and in print on April 13, 2018.
Houston Chamber Choir receives the 2018 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America.
Press release published April 4, 2018 by Chorus America.
EmcArts is delighted to announce that eight arts organizations, participants in New Pathways for the Arts | Houston, have been selected to move forward into the second phase of the program within two tracks of engagement, On-Site Organizational Coaching and Incubating Innovation. All 8 organizations have shown considerable courage, vulnerability, and strength in choosing to move forward in this way amidst recovery efforts after Hurricane Harvey.
Press release published on October 12, 2017 by EmcArts.