Fall Masterworks Concert:  Celebrating Female Composers, Past and Present

Saturday, October 12, 2019
St. Paul's-on-the-Plains Episcopal Church | 7:30PM

Concert Schecule for the 2019-2020 Season


44th SEASON OVERVIEW 2019-20




FALL MASTERWORKS: Celebrating Female Composers, Past and Present

Saturday, October 12, 2019

St. Paul's-on-the-Plains Episcopal Church | 7:30PM
In his poem, "Anthem for St. Cecilia's Day," the great 20th-century poet W.H. Auden wrote, "Blessed Cecilia, appear in visions to all musicians, appear and inspire:  Translated Daughter, come down and startle composing mortals with immortal fire."  Despite the symbolic role that Cecilia plays as patron saint of music, female composers are dramatically underrepresented on most choral programs and recordings.  The Lubbock Chorale's season-opening concert seeks to engage this lacuna by performing selections from the long history of creativity by women writers and musicians.  The Chorale is thrilled to premiere a work commissioned for this concert by composer Dr. Elyse Kahler, with text by our very own Dr. Allison Boye!  From the Medieval mysticism of Hildegard of Bingen, to masters such as Fanny Hensel, Lili Boulanger, Eleanor Daley, and Gwyneth Walker, audiences will enjoy a vibrantly rich mosaic of choral music.  Guest soloists and instrumentalists will join the Chorale for this enriching evening.


Friday, December 13, 2019

Hemmle Recital Hall | 7:30PM
The Chorale is thrilled to offer this special outreach event in its 44th season, featuring two of the most beloved masterpieces of all time. To begin this concert, the Chorale, Baroque orchestra, and soloists will perform Vivaldi’s timeless ‘Gloria’, followed by the Christmas-Nativity portion of Handel's cherished ‘Messiah’, closing with "The Hallelujah Chorus” from Part II. What a thrill that the entire assembled audience will be invited to join the Chorale in singing all ‘Messiah’ choruses. Join us as we fill Hemmle Hall with the richest sounds of the season! 


Saturday, March 28, 2020

McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center | 6:30PM

Our Annual Gala serves as the Chorale’s most important fundraiser for scholarships. This elegant evening event, with the audience seated at tables of eight, will be held in the lovely ballroom of the Texas Tech University McKenzie-Merket Center and will include a full dinner menu. Our guests will also have the opportunity to support a very special initiative entitled A SOUND INVESTMENT, which helps fund our singing scholarships for students of Texas Tech University's School of Music.  This year's Gala theme celebrates a monumental piece of American musical theater.  My Fair Lady is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion, with book and lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner and music by Frederick Loewe.  The story concerns Eliza Doolittle, a Cockney flower girl who takes speech lessons from professor Henry Higgins, a phoneticist, so that she may pass as a lady.  The musical's 1956 Broadway production was a notable critical and popular success.  It set a record for the longest run of any show on Broadway up to that time.  It was followed by a hit London production, a popular film version, and many revivals.  My Fair Lady has been called "the perfect musical".  The Chorale looks forward to taking patrons on a journey through this wonderful show! 



May 9, 2020

Hemmle Recital Hall | 7:30PM
 Our season-ending concert features music of two composers for whom centennial anniversaries were recently celebrated. Leonard Bernstein (d. 1990) was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the US to receive worldwide acclaim, and was one of the most prodigiously talented and successful musicians in American history. Benjamin Britten (d. 1976) was an English composer, conductor, and pianist. He was a central figure of 20th-century British classical music, with a range of works including opera, other vocal music, orchestral works, and chamber pieces. The Lubbock Chorale looks forward to performing choral works of these master composers, featuring Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.