One of Orlando’s newest arts organizations, Orlando sings (Facebook | Website), is nearing the end of its first season and they wrap it all up with a three-concert showcase in downtown Orlando.
“Thanks to the talented musicians and generous donors in our community, we are thrilled to present the first annual Orlando Sings Choir Festival. I hope our audience members will be moved and inspired by the diverse range of choral music presented in our world-class venues.
– ANDREW MINEAR, ARTISTIC AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, ORLANDO SINGS
The festival will open May 26 with The Solaria Singers, presenting a program of choral music by black composers at the Alexis and Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, accompanied by the Mastersingers of Jones High School. Composers include R. Nathaniel Dett, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Marques LA Garrett, Adolphus Hailstork, Moses Hogan, Undine Smith Moore, Zanaida Robles, André Thomas, among others.
The festival continues on June 9 at the First United Methodist Church in Orlando where the 75-voice Orlando Sings Symphonic Chorus, with the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, will present Maurice Duruflé. Requiem with Andrea Clearfield Tse Go La.
The festival concludes June 11 with the Orlando Sings Symphonic Chorus featuring Eric Whitacre’s The sacred veil featuring UCF cello teacher David Bjella at Steinmetz Hall.
Led by Artistic and Executive Director Dr. Andrew Minear, Orlando Sings serves as the umbrella organization for a family of singing groups comprising two professional ensembles; the Orlando Sing the symphonic choir and the Solaria Singers.