The Grand Rapids Choir of Men and Boys

Sunday, November 8, 2015 – 3:00pm

This Concert is free of charge.

The Grand Rapids Choir of Men & Boys will kick off the start of their 26th Season with Dr. Martin Neary (Westminster Abbey Choir, London) in residence in Grand Rapids. Dr. Neary will lead the 50 plus boys and men of the choir who sing in the English cathedral tradition in a program titled “Where the Place Called Heaven Lies”.

Through art, poetry and music the choir will explore our human longing for “heaven” for re-connection with our Creator and encounters with angels. Emily Dickinson, T.S. Elliot and other poets set the stage for the music of Tomas Luis Victoria, Morten Lauridsen, Edgar Bainton and others. Come prepared to be transported! Truly music of the angels.

The Muskegon Chamber Choir

Sunday, November 22, 2015 – 3:00pm

This Concert is free of charge.

Sunday’s concert will consist of sacred music from the Renaissance, Baroque, Classic, and contemporary periods.  Each piece was picked with the Basilica’s resonant acoustic in mind.  Among the early composers represented will be Josquin, Palestrina, Carissimi, and Sweelinck.  Contemporary music from Williametta Spencer, Randall Stroope, Frank Tichelli, and Ola Gjeilo will comprise the second part of the program.  The choir will close with settings of folk hymns. Joining the choir on the concert will be the Basilica’s Music Director, Peter Kurdziel.  Peter was Wikman’s accompanist for five years while a student in the Muskegon Public Schools.  He will play two solo selections and accompany the choir on one piece.

 The Chamber Choir is beginning its fifty-first season.  It was brought together by its present conductor in 1964 to audition for a place in a summer music festival.  Though the festival never materialized, the singers realized that had created something too important to let die.  Among its notable former members are the late Richard Versalle and Gwenneth Bean, both of whom had careers with numerous opera companies.  It has given almost 200 concerts over the years and has showcased as guest artists in oratorio performances such outstanding young singers as Laura Sutton Floyd, Andrea Holliday, Richard Cohn, William Watson, and Peter Van de Graaff .  It has also served as the affiliate chorus of the West Michigan Symphony Orchestra.

Check out the Jubilee concerts we hosted in 2013:

Centennial Jubilee-Final

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