Imperial Arts proudly presents the Houston Chamber Choir in “What Sweeter Music” with special guest, noted English conductor Simon Carrington on Sunday, March 3 at 4:00 p.m. at the new Center for the Arts (823 3rd Street, Rosenberg, 77471).
The Houston Chamber Choir and Simon Carrington offer a sampling of British a cappella music that includes works by Benjamin Britten, Bob Chilcott, James MacMillan and Pete Townshend of The Who.
Imperial Arts’ Founder and Executive Director Edward Crowell III on the upcoming concert: “Imperial Arts is proud to present Houston’s professional chorus. Their reputation of excellence in choral music is unmatched. We are honored to partner with the Houston Chamber Choir to present this concert in Rosenberg for Fort Bend County audiences, and especially honored to host Maestro Carrington in his Fort Bend debut.”
Simon Carrington first gained wide attention as a member and co-founder of The King’s Singers, an internationally acclaimed vocal ensemble in which he sang for 25 years. After leaving The King’s Singers Carrington taught at the New England Conservatory in Boston and the University of Kansas before serving as professor of choral conducting at Yale University from 2003 to 2009.
Houston Chamber Choir’s Artistic Director Robert Simpson on working with Carrington: “I am eager to bring world-class conductors to Houston to perform with the Houston Chamber Choir, and Simon Carrington has been at the top of my list for some time. It will be exciting for our musicians and our audience to experience his artistry in literature that is so close to his heart.”
“What Sweeter Music” spans five centuries of British a cappella repertoire, from Lamentations of Jeremiah by Elizabethan composer Robert White, to Pete Townshend’s Pinball Wizard from The Who’s 1969 rock opera Tommy.
Additional works include Bob Chilcott’s (fellow former member of The King’s Singers) Weather Report, written for the BBC Singers as an encore at the International Federation for Choral Music World Symposium in Tokyo, and Benjamin Britten’s settings of seven poems by Gerald Manley Hopkins, AMDG (Ad majorem Dei gloriam).
Simon Carrington explains, “Our program ranges from the piercing melancholy of English renaissance Lamentations to wildly contrasting works from this century by James MacMillan and Bob Chilcott and a celebration of Benjamin Britten’s centenary. More corners of the British a cappella tradition are filled with three of Parry’s heartfelt Songs of Farewell from the closing years of the First World War and a virtuosic arrangement of The Who’s most iconic song: Pinball Wizard.”
This concert will be Imperial Arts’ first choral concert in the new Center for the Arts in Rosenberg, and the first of many presentations of the Houston Chamber Choir in years to come.
This concert is made possible in part by the Rosenberg Development Corporation.
Tickets for the March 3 concert are available online at www.theimperial.org, or by calling 281.277.7444. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $18 for students, seniors (55+), and military (all with ID), and tickets will be at Will Call.
Seating is reserved and limited. The Box Office will be open 1 hour prior to show time.