Choral Artists of Sarasota, the region’s premier professional vocal ensemble, celebrates the excellence of choral music through innovative, stimulating performances and educational outreach.
- Present the best in choral music, embracing the rich diversity of its international repertoire
- Present engaging performances that move, inspire, and delight
- Provide educational materials which engage and enlighten audiences and performers alike
- Employ choral works to nurture, motivate, and strengthen the musical and social fabric of our community
- Recruit, develop, and retain the best musical talent available
From the President
Welcome to the Choral Artists of Sarasota family! Having celebrated our 40th anniversary season in 2018/19, a year of celebration with multiple ovations, we also celebrated the 10th anniversary of Maestro Joseph Holt at the baton. In 2019/20, Choral Artists of Sarasota offers a season that forges ahead into our fifth decade of professional choral performance in southwest Florida. Our Artistic Director has designed a six-concert season that is innovative, informative, revelatory and thoughtful, offering a panoply of performances which are inspiring, musically opulent and entertaining. But first, an October luncheon benefiting the Choral Artists’ youth outreach and education mission and celebrating the successful reinvention of professional musician Todd Craven. Todd was principal trumpet in the Sarasota Orchestra until life threw him a curve. His story of reinvention and his conducting career as Assistant Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra are inspiring and help remind us that – while not always of our choosing – dramatic changes in the direction of our lives often result in positive outcomes. Sopranos Jenny Kim-Godfrey and Robyn Rocklein will perform passionate Tchaikovsky Duets accompanied by Dr. Holt for the luncheon.
Our singing season opens with “One World, Many Voices,” a musical experience which furthers the concept behind the opening concert of last season, “Then Sings My Soul.” Once again, Dr. Holt has selected significant music from the world’s faiths, including Buddhist chants and Chinese Tao music. A holiday performance featuring the chorus with organ and brass, “Sounds of the Season,” will be guest conducted by Maestro Craven. This performance will also showcase the talents of composer James Grant with a Sarasota premiere. We commissioned Jim for a major work which will receive its world premiere by Choral Artists later in the season. The season continues with a celebration of Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday – an American musical theatre icon!
Choral Artists commissioned Leymis Bolaños Wilmott, Artistic Director of Sarasota Contemporary Dance, to choreograph one of the classics of the 20th Century: Carmina Burana. The original performance was a highlight when premiered and we are proud to co-present this experience with the Venice Institute for Performing Arts in February 2020. With dancers, pianists, percussionists, singers, and soloists, this is one performance you don’t want to miss.
In April, the Choral Artists will join the world celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with a world premiere performance of James Grant’s Listen to the Earth. This collaborative commission, with the Choral Artists and the family of Richard and Daniel Moe as lead commissioners, will remind us of the importance of our custodianship of our Earth. This will be a multi-media presentation, including stunning photographs of our world taken from spacecraft in orbit. We are thrilled that this performance has been designated as a sister-related cultural activity of the Smithsonian Institution’s Earth Optimism Symposium in Washington, DC during April 2020.
Our traditional July 4 performance will this year be entitled “American Fanfare,” once again at the Sarasota Opera House. The 2019 concert was sold out and we expect the same in 2020. The Sarasota Concert Band will once again be our guests and we look forward to sharing our patriotic pride. Thank you for your enthusiastic support!
The Choral Artists of Sarasota, southwest Florida’s professional chorus, features 32 of the best professional singers in the area. In addition, eight Apprentice singers augment the company and gain professional experience while studying music at the college – or, in some cases – high school level. Our singers are local and proudly represent our culturally rich region. We feature nationally and internationally known soloists and premier musicians from our local orchestras.
The singers, staff, and board of the Choral Artists of Sarasota Thank You! for your attendance and financial support. Sarasota is a melting pot of some of the finest cultural offerings in the Southeast and, in fact, in the United States. We are proud to be a major ingredient in this smorgasbord. We look forward to providing you many Encounters of the Musical Variety.
As a reminder, any tickets purchased prior to October 15 will receive a 15% discount. Buy early and often!
I look forward to seeing you soon.
William L Kimbell Jr
Board President, Choral Artists of Sarasota