From TOM JABER, HMC Artistic Director and Conductor
...And, thank you for your interest in the HOUSTON MASTERWORKS CHORUS!!!
We will commence our 2015-16 Season with a short, informal retreat at Houston's First Presbyterian Church (5300 Main Street) on Friday evening, August 21st, 7-9 PM and Saturday morning, August 22nd, 9-Noon in their lovely Choir Room.
We rehearse each Monday evening from then on...except designated national holidays, etc. in the Choir Room of the First Presbyterian Church in Houston from 7-9 PM. The first Monday evening rehearsal is August 24th!!!
Our fall concert is on November 2nd at 7:30 in the stunningly beautiful Sanctuary of First Presbyterian Church in Houston. We will present two choral/orchestral masterpieces: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny), by Johannes Brahms, and Hymn of Praise (Symphony No. 2 "Lobgesang") By Felix Mendelssohn.
We then sing our annual Christmas Concert at the magnificent Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart (1111 St. Joseph Parkway) in downtown Houston on Monday evening, December 14th at 7 PM. We will offer a variety of carols selected from the four suites of Robert Russell Bennett's beloved Many Moods of Christmas, excerpts from Anders Öhrwall's Gaudete and Choruses from Handel's Messiah (performed as a Sing Along!) with a guest chamber orchestra comprised of many of Houston's very finest orchestral musicians.
Our Spring Concert Date and Location are Currently TBA. This program will be conducted by the outstanding young conductor, Marlon Chen. The program includes: Stabat Mater by Gioacchino Rossini and Credo by Estonian master composer Arvo Pärt.
To close the season, we will offer a Pre-Italy Tour concert presentation of the repertoire that will be sung in the Vatican and in Florence with Grammy Award winning conductor, and former HMC Music Director Craig Hella Johnson. We are thrilled to be taking this HMC FIRST EUROPEAN TOUR. (If you have interest in taking the tour, all information is available on the HMC website.) The date and performance locations of the pre-Tour concerts in Austin and Houston will be announced later this fall.
Please consider joining us!
Call or write directly to me at the email addresses below for auditions. I am eager to hear and meet you and to (hopefully) welcome you to join in singing with us!
And, of course, please feel free to share this information with your musical friends who might have an interest in singing with us.
Professor of Music
Rice University's Shepherd School of Music
Artistic Director and Conductor
Houston Masterworks Chorus