Carol Brejot, email@example.com
WHAT: Some 85 Houston Chamber Choir supporters and singers mixed and mingled on a late Sunday afternoon to celebrate the Choir’s 23rd season, Art & Soul, with a first-ever season kick-off party. Guests enjoyed libations, including wine and beer, along with a delicious spread by Local Foods, in Greenwood King Properties’ striking lobby space in Upper Kirby, generously arranged by GK Associate Nancy Younger Kruka, a long-time Houston Chamber Choir supporter, and GK Associate Elaine Ellender.
Managing Director Mariam Khalili welcomed the party-goers and expressed her excitement about the new season, which begins Sept. 29 with “This Is Why I Sing.” She also thanked Nancy Younger Kruka and Elaine Ellender for their roles in providing the venue. Artistic Director Robert Simpson then warmly greeted the audience and echoed Mariam’s enthusiasm about the diverse season, noting that the Houston Chamber Choir is fortunate to have some of the finest professional choral singers not only in Texas but in the country. He then opened up the performance part of the event to give a little taste of the season, first introducing soprano Kelli Lawless, who sang a French allegory by composer Henri Duparc, titled “Extase.”
The Choir was then led by Robert Simpson in a Russian pieced titled “Unknown Lady.”
Baritone Rameen Chaharbaghi then delighted the audience with “Chanson Romanesque,” from the cycle Don Quichotte a Dulcinee by Maurice Ravel. The final song was “Blue Skies,” a favorite of the Choir and a theme noted by Simpson about the bright present and future of the organization he founded in 1995.
Andreea Muţ served as keyboard accompanist for the singers.
WHEN: Sunday, Sept. 16
WHERE: Greenwood King Properties
3201 Kirby Dr., 77098
William McKenzie, President
Dr. Warren Ellsworth IV and wife Dr. Rachel Ellsworth
Robert Simpson and wife Marianna Simpson
Judy and Tom Cronin
Kathy and Andre Jackson
Mary and John Arnesdorf
Nancy and Carter Hixon
Judy and Harry Bristol
Nancy Younger Kruka and Veet Kruka
Cindy and David Lestage
Joseph LoCicero, Jr.
Kelli and Scott Lawless
Lindsey and Joshua Wilson
PHOTOS: Jeff Grass Photography
MORE INFO: houstonchamberchoir.org
About Houston Chamber Choir
The Houston Chamber Choir has established itself as one of the premier professional choirs in the United States, serving Houston through concerts and educational initiatives that enlighten, entertain, and educate people of all ages. Winner of Chorus America’s 2018 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, it has been described by The Tallis Scholars founder Peter Phillips as “one of this country’s leading ensembles.”
Led by Artistic Director Robert Simpson, the Houston Chamber Choir is composed of 20 professional singers, most of whom have studied at the top music schools and conservatories in the United States including Julliard, New England Conservatory, University of Houston, and the University of Texas. These musicians are selected through rigorous auditions from the finest singers in our region and are compensated for all rehearsals and performances.
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