A program titled “Passionate Expressions” will open the Brazosport Choral Union’s 2013-2014 season at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, October 19 in the Performance Hall of the Clarion at Brazosport College.
The autumn-themed concert will feature some of the individual choirs that combine to form the Brazosport Choral Union.
The Brazosport College Chamber Choir will present Craig Hella-Johnson’s Gitanjali (Song offerings) Chants, with text by Rabindrath Tagore, a Bengali poet, painter, musician, playwright and 1913 winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, and Once Upon a Dream, from the musical “Jekyll and Hyde.”
The Brazosport College Jazz Singers will offer an arrangement of the jazz standard “Autumn Leaves.”
The groups will combine with the Brazosport College Singers and the Brazosport Civic Chorus to perform “Hosanna in Excelsis” by Brent Pierce, “Bitter for Sweet” by John Chorbajian, with text by Christina Rossetti, “Dan-u-el,” from Kirk Mechem’s opera of the same name, about the still controversial abolitionist John Brown, featuring Brazosport College student Austin Harris, and a chorus arrangement of Jacques Offenbach’s “Can-Can” from his opera Orpheus in the Underworld.
Matthew Todd and Barbara Carter serve as accompanists, with Rodney Mason serving as director. The concert is given free as cultural enrichment for the Brazosport community so no ticket is required and it is festival (first-come, first-served) seating.