Kingwood Chorale turns 25
- Written by By Fran Morris
The Kingwood Chorale is 25 years old. To commemorate its anniversary the singing group has a special program lined up. “On Oct. 20, we’ll have a joint program with the choirs from Kingwood Park High School and Atascocita High School,” said artistic coordinator and Chorale director Dr. Todd Miller. Each group will sing a couple of pieces and we’ll sing some, then we’ll sing some all together.” That program will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Kingwood, 5520 Kingwood Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $15 for seniors and students. On Dec. 7 - 8, Handel’s “Messiah” will be presented, also at First Presbyterian Church at 7:30 p.m. The last concert of the season will be “Requiem” by Brahms and will include a full professional orchestra, Miller said. The date set for that performance is May 3, 2014, at Strawbridge United Methodist Church, 5629 Kingwood Drive. Although there are three “official” performances during the season, the Chorale also participates in other events. “Last spring, April 27, they did a concert at the Holy Family Catholic Church in Wharton, Texas, and on May 9 at the Czech Cultural Center in Houston to help raise money for the citizens of West, Texas,” said Debbie Norris, executive assistant to the board of directors. An explosion of a fertilizer plant decimated part of the small community. About 50 people sang at that event, Miller said. According to the group’s historical accounts, in 2007 the Chorale traveled and performed in Carnegie Hall doing Mozart’s “Vesperae Solennes de confessore,” directed by Miller. It also has been featured on KUHF and has been professionally recorded. They are looking forward to future traveling engagements. “We are looking at 2016, to maybe go back to Europe. The last trip, we went to Italy,” Miller said. “The Choir is a mixture of students, amateur singers, some professional and church musicians. They have to be able to read music, do vocalization and sight reading,” Miller explained. Kingwood Chorale is under the umbrella of Kingwood Musical Arts Society which also sponsors the Chamber Orchestra and the Kingwood Big Band, Norris said. Big Band specializes in jazz and its repertoire includes music made famous by such groups as Duke Ellington, Harry James, Stan Kenton, Tommy Dorsey and others. Big Band’s first concert of this season will be Nov. 8 and 9 in the Performing Arts Center (PAC) Theater at Lone Star College-Kingwood. Tickets for that performance are $16 and $10 for seniors and students. In 2007, members of Big Band traveled to Italy (Rome and Assisi) and Switzerland for the International Jazz Festival in Montreux. For information about the Chorale, contact Miller at 281-312-1485. Photo: On April 27, members of the Kingwood Chorale performed at Holy Family Catholic Church in Wharton. From left are: bari-tenor Jon Janacek, Honorary Consul General of the Czech Republic for the State of Texas Ray Snokhous, Clarice Snokhous, soprano Nancy Curtis and Todd Miller.