HOUSTON, May 18, 2018 – Houston Chamber Choir is pleased to announce its 23rd season, “Art and Soul,” with a diverse and compelling repertoire featuring exciting guest artists and scholars. For the 2018-2019 season, the Chamber Choir performs with the Kinder HSPVA Chorale and director Shannon Carter, the Parker Elementary School Advanced Chorus and director Marianna Parnas-Simpson, guest artist Kim Nazarian of New York Voices, Musiqa, Apollo Chamber Players and University of Houston scholar and author Dr. Jeffrey Sposato.
HOUSTON, April 6, 2018 – Houston Chamber Choir has received the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America, the advocacy, research and leadership development organization that advances the choral field. The award will be presented at Chorus America’s 2018 Conference in Chicago June 20-23.
Houston Chamber Choir presents Mind Craft: Gamesmanship, Eloquence, and Surprise in the Renaissance with guest conductor Alexander Blachly, Ph.D. Of the hundreds of works performed by Dr. Blachly’s ensemble Pomerium over the course of 43 years, this program contains a selection of his favorites by some of the leading composers of the Renaissance, from Josquin Desprez, the great master of imitative polyphony and musical canons, and Henricus Isaac, famed wizard of counterpoint, to Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, and the uncannily modern, tortured genius Carlo Gesualdo.
The Houston Chamber Choir announces a new subscription series for their upcoming 2017-18 season: Polyphonic Professionals. This exclusive series allows young professionals in the Houston area (ages 21-40) to buy tickets to all six ticketed concerts at a discounted rate, plus saving over 80% in ticket processing fees!
This past Friday, July 14, members of the Houston Chamber Choir performed with Hans Zimmer Live on Tour at the Smart Financial Center in Houston. The concert featured popular movie scores composed by Zimmer, including music from The Lion King, Gladiator, Pirates of the Caribbean, Dark Knight, and Interstellar.
Our 2017 Annual Gala, "An Evening in the French Quarter," will be held on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at the Rice Crystal Ballroom in downtown Houston. The event will honor Franco Valobra, a most generous supporter of the Houston Chamber Choir.
Brilliant young conductor Elena Sharkova leads Houston Chamber Choir in a concert entitled “A Window into the Russian Soul." The program will explore the depths of the mysterious Russian soul in a moving concert featuring works by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, and the Houston premiere of Chimes by Valery Gavrillin.
Ars Lyrica Houston, Da Camera, Houston Chamber Choir, Mercury, and River Oaks Chamber Orchestra collaborate in a five-concert subscription series designed to attract young professionals. The series, called Circle of Fifths, includes special event invitations, backstage tours, a ‘bring a friend’ pass, complimentary drinks, and opportunities to mix and mingle with other concert-goers.
The Houston Chamber Choir’s 20th Anniversary season will reach its climactic finish in an evening of jazz with virtuoso bassist and five-time Grammy winner Christian McBride. The Christian McBride Trio including pianist Christian Sands, and drummer Jerome Jennings, will headline the concert where the centerpiece is a world premiere of McBride’s groundbreaking work for jazz ensemble and choir.
En tributo a la música y cultura de México, Houston Chamber Choir presentará un programa de música coral mexicana titulado "Mexicantos". La brillantez de la tradición coral de México estará en pleno despliegue con obras de la edad de oro del país - desde composiciones polifónicas hasta obras de la actualidad.
In tribute to the music and culture of Mexico, Houston Chamber Choir will perform a program of Mexican choral music entitled, “Mexicantos.” The brilliance of Mexico’s choral tradition will be on full display as the Chamber Choir presents works from the country’s golden age of polyphony to its present-day gems, including a rediscovered work performed for the first time in 250 years.
Confirming its role as one of the country’s leading ensembles, Houston Chamber Choir wins The American Prize in Choral Performance, 2015. In addition, the choir’s Founder and Artistic Director, Robert Simpson, receives the Prize in the Choral Conducting category. The award celebrates American excellence in the arts.
Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $10,000 to Houston Chamber Choir to support the commissioning of a work and performance by the Christian McBride.
An overview of the Houston Chamber Choir's 20th Season.