For the Central Texas Choral Society’s fall concert, director David Guess opted to shift from performance of major choral works to a varied selection of songs drawn from the 5-year-old choir’s past performances.
The CTCS sings the result, “It’s a Hit,” at 7:30 p.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church. The program samples classical works, American folk songs and contemporary choral writing and it wasn’t as easy as it might seem, Guess said. “It was hard. When you talk about the favorites, everybody’s got their own,” he said.
Guess started with a working list of about 30 pieces at the beginning of fall rehearsals for the 52-voice choir and narrowed it down as the weeks passed.
Monday’s program will feature classical numbers such as “O Fortuna” from Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana” and “Hallelujah” from Beethoven’s “Mount of Olives” oratorio; spirituals and folk songs “Soon I Will Be Done,” “Shenandoah” and “When The Saints Go Marching In;” and contemporary choral pieces such as Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure On This Shining Night,” Daniel Gawthrop’s “Sing Me to Heaven” and Joseph Martin’s “The Awakening.”
If any CTCS members should feel unsatisfied by the lack of a major choral work, they’ll get a chance next year and in New York’s Carnegie Hall, no less: The choral society has been invited to join other choirs in a Dec. 3, 2018 performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and his “Choral Fantasy.” The Carnegie Hall concert is part of the Distinguished Concerts International New York City series.
The CTCS also will participate in the community-wide “Messiah Sing-A-Long” at 3 p.m. Dec. 17 at Seventh & James Baptist Church with a spring concert of works by Leonard Bernstein.