Comfort & Joy: A Classical Christmas with the Oregon Symphony
Wednesday, December 7, 2022 at 7:30 pm
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Downtown Portland
The Oregon Chorale joins the Oregon Symphony and their new associate conductor, Deanna Tham, for an evening of good cheer and jubilant celebration.
More information at: orsymphony.org
Christmas with the Chorale
Oregon Chorale’s 2022 holiday concert, Christmas with the Chorale, features holiday music for all — from classical oratorios to vocal jazz to traditional carols. The concert includes a selection from Handel’s famous oratorio Judas Maccabaeus, songs by Benjamin Britten, a gorgeous Ubi Caritas written for Prince William and Princess Kate’s wedding, a rousing African a cappella “Noel,” songs from this year’s Comfort & Joy concert with the Oregon Symphony, and fun audience sing-a-longs. The Chorale welcomes Hillsboro High School’s Concert Choir directed by Benjamin Noyes on Saturday evening and Portland Community College’s Chamber Choir and their conductor, Samuel Barbara, on Sunday afternoon.
Saturday, December 3 at 7:00pm
Trinity Lutheran Church
2194 SE Minter Bridge Rd.
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Sunday, December 4 at 3:00pm
Southminster Presbyterian Church
12250 SW Denney Rd.
Beaverton, OR 97008
Join us in 2023!
The Oregon Chorale and Light Opera of Portland join forces for a special performance showcasing 19th-century English composer Arthur Sullivan. The concert will feature Sullivan’s sacred work, the Festival Te Deum, for choir, keyboard, and soprano soloist. This lesser-known work from 1872 comprises seven movements with traditional sacred text. The concert’s second half will showcase Sullivan’s comedic side with the popular 1875 Trial by Jury, one of the first works Sullivan wrote with poet W. S. Gilbert. The one-act operetta, which has no spoken dialogue, tells the story of a “breach of promise of marriage” lawsuit while poking fun at the legal system.
Saturday, March 11th @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, March 12th @ 3:00 pm
(Location to be determined)
This concert features the hauntingly emotional music of two of Central Europe’s most renowned modern composers. Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds’ Passion and Resurrection uses texts drawn from Catholic, Protestant, and Byzantine liturgy brought to life through powerfully emotional music. Next, we’ll move to Poland for Henryk Górecki’s Marian Songs (Pieśni Maryjne), op. 54. Written in 1979, this a cappella work features five movements comprised of musical prayers to different aspects of the Virgin Mary, the patron saint of Poland. Gorecki incorporates Polish folk and sacred music into a gorgeous, flowing, and seemingly simplistic style shaped by modernist elements.
Saturday, June 3rd @ 7:00 pm
Sunday, June 4th @ 3:00 pm
Both concerts in June will be at the Patricia Reser Center for the Arts.