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right column for opportunities for members this Spring 2014!
Our last event:
See our review of the 2013 Messiah in the
December 9th, 2013 issue of the Sarasota Herald Tribune; Section B, page 7.
consecutive annual production of
The Christmas portion of G. F. Handel's
December 7, 2013
Rehearsal: 1:00 PM Performance: 4:00 PM
World Class Vocal Soloists
Robyn Rocklein, Soprano
Rachel Assi, Alto
Mark Lubas, Tenor
Joseph Ryan, Bass
Dr. Jonathan Spivey, organ
and a special appearance by
Sarasota Young Voices
Church of the Palms Presbyterian Church
3224 Bee Ridge Road. Sarasota, FL
for this program provided in part by the John J. Weiss Memorial Fund of the
Community Foundation of Sarasota County.
Click on Past Soloists for photos & bios of previous season's artists.
Click on the links below for other pages.
Performances & Tickets
George Frideric Handel
DVD's & CD's
Click below for photos and information about some of our past performances.
Click here to see our new T-shirt and get
The Sarasota Choral Society has been performing in the Sarasota/Manatee/Venice
area for almost seven decades and in that time we have presented our prestigious
productions of sacred and secular choral music at some very fine venues. These include, but are not limited to, The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall,
Neel Performing Arts Hall at SCF, The Sarasota Municipal Auditorium, The John &
Mable Ringling Museum Courtyard, Epiphany Cathedral in Venice, First Baptist,
First Methodist, St. Armands Key Lutheran, Church of the Palms Presbyterian,
Pine Shores Presbyterian, and Bee Ridge Presbyterian. If you are interested in
having us perform in your venue, please send an email with all of the
appropriate contact information to
scroll down to see the entire page!
Welcome to The Sarasota
Choral Society website. We hope you enjoy browsing the
information contained herein and find it entertaining and
informative. If you would like to contact us with
questions or suggestions, please click on
CONTACTS at the top of this page.
Membership is open to any and all who enjoy singing.
New members are welcome and encouraged to register in advance. All you
need is a desire to sing. Auditions are not required.
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Rehearsals for dates and times.
you would like to purchase tickets for a performance,
please click on "Tickets" above for details.
Click on "Fund
Raising" (below, left) to see articles and pictures on
past fund raising activities.
SPRING 2014 EVENTS!
Dear Members of
the Sarasota Choral Society,
Happy New Year!
I would like to thank you once more for being a part of this wonderful
organization. People continue to come to me to this day to express how
wonderful Messiah was, and I couldn't agree more!
We have a
couple of great singing opportunities to share with you until we
meet again in the fall, and I hope that I can count on you to
participate in these two wonderful events, both held at the Van Wezel
The first one
will be on April 3rd. In this first performance, Music Makes Community,
you will be singing with a large orchestra under a well
respected conductor from New York, Matthew Lazar. I will share the
stage with you when I perform Gershwin's famous Rhapsody in Blue.
Rehearsals begin soon, so please mark your calendars! Please
see below for more information.
I also need 12
singers per part (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) for our collaboration
with Gloria Musicae, Booker High School, the Jewish Chorale, Manatee and
Sarasota Dance Alliance and Sarasota Young Voices.
This group will be presenting a poignant Florida premiere of Voices of
the Holocaust at the Van Wezel on Monday, April 28th. Please let us
know if you are planning on doing this so we can send you specifics. You
may contact me through this link;
are no additional membership charges to participate in these events for
Sarasota Choral Society members. Help us spread the word!
I hope to see all
of you soon at one or both of these events, and until then, have a safe,
healthy and peaceful January!
Opportunity to sing Ernest Bloch’s Masterpiece, the Best of Broadway,
and favorites of the Cantorial/Choral literature
A Celebration of Jewish Music
for Sarasota – Manatee
April 3, 2014
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
Conductor: Matthew Lazar – New York/ Israel
“Music Makes Community” Festival Chorus is recruiting up to 150 singers
for a one time festival performance of Ernst Bloch’s Sacred Service to
be performed at Van Wezel on April 3, 2014.
The program includes Snippets from Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma,
Bernstein’s West Side Story and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess.
Also featured will be
playing George Gershwin’s
RHAPSODY IN BLUE
50 piece Orchestra, Matthew Lazar, Conductor,
Jason Stearns, Baritone
Ann Stephenson-moe, rehearsal conductor;
Linda Buxbaum, producer
For further information contact:
Annstephensonmoe@gmail.com or Linda Buxbaum,
Ann Moe: 941-735-4606
Linda Buxbaum: 941-896-9130
Rehearsals for Music Makes Community will be held Sunday
afternoons 3:30 -5:30PM
in the Parish (Gillespie) Hall of Church of
222 Palm Ave. Sarasota
January 12, 26, Feb. 2, 16, March 2, 9, 23, & 30.
March 31, 2:30-5PM chorus and soloists.
April 1, 3-5:30PM chorus +Orch.
Wednesday –Chorus and soloists –time/tba.
Thursday – April 3rd. Run through at Van Wezel -
Tentative dates and
times for our 70th anniversary production of the Christmas portion of
Handel's Messiah are as follows:
All at Church of
the Palms, 3224 Bee Ridge Rd. Sarasota.
Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11, 18, 25, & Dec. 2, 2014.
Dress Rehearsal & Performance: Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014.
1:00 pm &
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We will continue to post updates and further
information as it becomes available.
The links below will provide Microsoft Word and other files which you may
print out and use at home. If you do not have Word, go to
download the free Word Viewer.
Click here for a link to order
practice CD's. In the Search section type in "Learn Handel's Messiah" and
click "GO". This will take you to the proper page to order practice tapes or
Photos of Christmas Messiah 2013
If you are interested in photos of this performance, the following link is
provided by our photographer, Bruce Lehman. Please provide a donation for any
pictures you use. Many thanks to Bruce for providing the beautiful pictures. His
contact information is located on his website if you require his services.
Messiah 2013 photos
Last updated 2/20/2014
Click the icon above to see about the 2013 Giving Challenge.