Key Chorale

1233C S Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34239
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Artistic Director & Maestro Joseph Caulkins - For the past 10 seasons as Artistic Director, Joseph Caulkins has consistently delivered innovative concert experiences through adventurous programming, unique collaborations and performances of new and rarely heard works.

He has taken audiences to unexpected places including: the world premiere of The Lake Isle by Ola Gjeilo; a dramatic performance of Richard Einhorn’s dynamic oratorio, Voices of Light, written to accompany Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent film classic “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” a collaboration with the Sarasota Opera and the Sarasota Film Society; an innovative program titled Mozart Meets Radiohead with edgy string quintet Sybarite5; the US premiere of James Whitbourn’s Annelies, a setting of the Diary of Anne Frank, which the Herald-Tribune called a “Triumph;” and the highly acclaimed Cirque des Voix™, an innovative concert experience with The Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota.
Artistic Director & Maestro Joseph Caulkins - For the past 10 seasons as Artistic Director, Joseph Caulkins has consistently delivered innovative concert experiences through adventurous programming, unique collaborations and performances of new and rarely heard works. He has taken audiences to unexpected places including: the world premiere of The Lake Isle by Ola Gjeilo; a dramatic performance of Richard Einhorn’s dynamic oratorio, Voices of Light, written to accompany Carl Dreyer’s 1928 silent film classic “The Passion of Joan of Arc,” a collaboration with the Sarasota Opera and the Sarasota Film Society; an innovative program titled Mozart Meets Radiohead with edgy string quintet Sybarite5; the US premiere of James Whitbourn’s Annelies, a setting of the Diary of Anne Frank, which the Herald-Tribune called a “Triumph;” and the highly acclaimed Cirque des Voix™, an innovative concert experience with The Circus Arts Conservatory, Sarasota.
Key Chorale Holiday Concert 2106 - Messe de Minuit Pour Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier

Marc-Antoine Charpentier was the most important composer of his generation during the reign of Louis XIV. His affinity for French noëls is showcased in his delightful Messe de Minuit pour Noël (Midnight Mass for Christmas). The Midnight Mass for Christmas, composed in 1694, is an excellent example of 17th century musical craftsmanship, while remaining highly accessible.  One of eleven masses scored for voice and orchestra, this work is set for four voices, two flutes, strings, organ and continuo.  It is written in choral anthem style, primarily homophonic, with several sections of imitative polyphony, and is through composed in nature. Charpentier composed more than 550 works of spellbinding craftsmanship, beauty and drama, which laid completely forgotten until a historical revival in the 1980s. Virtually none of his music was published during his lifetime due to his rival Jean-Baptise Lully who’s stranglehold on Parisian music, including a Lully’s monopoly on staged musical dramas, left the more skilled composer in his shadow. Now, 300 years later, his place in French history is be rewritten.
Key Chorale Holiday Concert 2106 - Messe de Minuit Pour Noël by Marc-Antoine Charpentier Marc-Antoine Charpentier was the most important composer of his generation during the reign of Louis XIV. His affinity for French noëls is showcased in his delightful Messe de Minuit pour Noël (Midnight Mass for Christmas). The Midnight Mass for Christmas, composed in 1694, is an excellent example of 17th century musical craftsmanship, while remaining highly accessible. One of eleven masses scored for voice and orchestra, this work is set for four voices, two flutes, strings, organ and continuo. It is written in choral anthem style, primarily homophonic, with several sections of imitative polyphony, and is through composed in nature. Charpentier composed more than 550 works of spellbinding craftsmanship, beauty and drama, which laid completely forgotten until a historical revival in the 1980s. Virtually none of his music was published during his lifetime due to his rival Jean-Baptise Lully who’s stranglehold on Parisian music, including a Lully’s monopoly on staged musical dramas, left the more skilled composer in his shadow. Now, 300 years later, his place in French history is be rewritten.
Key Chorale 2016 Sarasota Choral Festival Concert - The culmination of the Sarasota Choral Festival will present Alexander’s Feast, an ode with music by George Frederic Handel set to a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton. A celebratory banquet is the scene after Alexander the Great’s conquest of Persia. Alexander, with his mistress Thaïs at his side, is charmed by the musician Timotheus, who by the sheer power of music arouses a wide range of emotions from charmed to intoxicated, saddened and love-sick to rage and fury. Fortunately, St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, is on hand at the end to set it all straight.
Key Chorale 2016 Sarasota Choral Festival Concert - The culmination of the Sarasota Choral Festival will present Alexander’s Feast, an ode with music by George Frederic Handel set to a libretto by Newburgh Hamilton. A celebratory banquet is the scene after Alexander the Great’s conquest of Persia. Alexander, with his mistress Thaïs at his side, is charmed by the musician Timotheus, who by the sheer power of music arouses a wide range of emotions from charmed to intoxicated, saddened and love-sick to rage and fury. Fortunately, St Cecilia, the patron saint of music, is on hand at the end to set it all straight.

Key Chorale is dedicated to performing and promoting choral music of the highest quality. Founded in 1985, the Chorale has a history of successful performances of such monumental scores as Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony", Mahler's "Second Symphony", Verdi's "Requiem" and Haydn's "Creation". Currently led by Artistic Director Joseph Caulkins, Key Chorale collaborates with several organizations including Sarasota Orchestra, Circus Sarasota, Sarasota Opera, and Sarasota Ballet. In recent years, the Chorale has added contemporary choral music to their repertoire as well as continuing to present great choral masterworks.

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