Israel in Egypt
Saturday, October 17, 2009, 7:30 PM
Sharon Lynne Wilson Center for the Arts (Brookfield, WI)
Israel in Egypt by George Frideric Handel
Sian Davies, soprano
Gerrod Pagenkopf, countertenor
Bel Canto Chamber Orchestra
Written in just twenty-seven days, the colossal Israel in Egypt is the fifth of nineteen oratorios Handel composed in England. Essentially a choral oratorio, with almost thirty massive double choruses, the work tells the story of the exodus of the Israelite people from Egypt. Second in popularity only to Messiah, Israel in Egypt will be a compellingly dramatic way to begin the 2009-2010 Bel Canto Chorus season. Tickets are $12-25.
Christmas in the Basilica
Saturday, December 12, 2009, 7:30 PM
Sunday, December 13, 2009, 3:00 PM
Basilica of St. Josaphat (Milwaukee, WI)
Bel Canto Boy Choir
Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble
Join the Bel Canto Chorus, the Bel Canto Boy Choir, and the Milwaukee Handbell Ensemble for a festive concert of Christmas favorites. The stunning Basilica of St. Josaphat provides the perfect venue for the joyous music of the season. Tickets are $12 - $25.
Sunday, March 14, 2010, 3:00 PM
St. Joseph Center Chapel (Milwaukee, WI)
Missa Lorca by Corrado Margutti (U. S. PREMIERE)
Psalm 42: Sicut Cervus by Palestrina
Psalm 3: Jehova Quam Multi Sunt Coeli by Henry Purcell
“Jam Sol Recedit” from The Legend of St. Christopher by Horatio Parker
O Heiland Reiß die Himmel auf, op. 74, no. 2 by Johannes Brahms
Schaffe in mir, Gott, ein rein Herz, op. 29, no. 2 by Johannes Brahms
Missa Brevis by Benjamin Britten.
Be a part of music history as the Bel Canto Chorus performs the United States Premiere of Corrado Margutti’s Missa Lorca, a 2008 work commissioned by the St. Jakob’s Chamber Choir in Stockholm, in which the Italian composer sets the Latin text of the mass and the poetry of Spanish poet Frederic Garcia Lorca. This contemporary work will be paired with anthems by Palestrina, Purcell, Parker, and Brahms, as well as Britten’s Missa Brevis, sung by the Bel Canto Boy Choir. Tickets are $12-$25.
Sunday, May 16, 2009, 7:30 PM
Oconomowoc Arts Center (Oconomowoc, WI)
Requiem by Giuseppe Verdi
Waukesha Choral Union
Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra
Tanya Kruse, soprano
Laura Vlasak Nolen, mezzo soprano
Scott Ramsey, tenor
Jake Gardner, bass
In an unprecedented collaboration, the Bel Canto Chorus, Waukesha Choral Union, Milwaukee Choristers, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra will join forces to perform the beloved Requiem Mass of Giuseppe Verdi. From the offstage trumpets, to the soaring solos, to the powerful choruses, every moment of this truly unique performance will be filled with musical fireworks and vibrant emotion. Tickets are $20-$28.