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Past Concerts and Events

2023-2024 Season

Harvest Harmony Fundraiser

Saturday October 07, 2023

Chorus Angelorum hosted their first annual fundraiser event in October of 2023. Attendees enjoyed a relaxing afternoon of eating and drinking accompanied by performances from members of Chorus Angelorum, bid on exciting items in a silent auction, and celebrated the start of our fourth season!

Lessons and Carols

Saturday December 16, 2023

The nine lessons and carols told as a part of this service walk through the Christmas story from Earth's creation to the arrival of the Magi to witness the birth of Jesus Christ in the manger. The scriptural readings are interspersed with choral presentations and hymns, all of which recall mankind's longing for liberation from sin and death, and our hope and expectation for the birth of Christ.

The 2023 service featured the festive sound of brass accompanying traditional carols, reimagined anthems, and well-loved hymns for choir and congregation.​

Songs of Stage and Screen

Saturday February 3, 2024

Sunday February 4, 2024

Although ever-present, it can be easy to miss the use of human voice in cinematic scores. It is often used in a supporting role in the background creating ambiance or ethereal sound. But when the human voice is allowed to shine, whether as a single voice or an ensemble, it can truly transport you into the world of the film; when the choral sound takes center stage, its collective voice becomes the storyteller in its own right. Human voices, stripped of orchestral amalgamation, carry a raw and unfiltered emotional weight that can imbue a cinematic narrative with a sense of depth. Films and videogames of all genres make use of the flexibility in choral sound to not only dictate emotions but to create the feeling of the world they want you to enter.

The Art of Borrowing

Saturday April 20, 2024

Sunday April 21, 2024

It is often said that there is nothing new under the sun. Composers and performers alike frequently emulate and adapt one another's works to fit a new time or context. Almost every classical composer you could think of has at one time borrowed from herself, especially if she has had a long career. Rather than viewing it as a lack of originality, it illuminates the composer's deep engagement with her own work and the desire to revisit and refine earlier ideas.

Perhaps even more recognizable to the ear is borrowing from one another. In the Medieval and Renaissance periods, composers used existing plainchant as the basis for new compositions. Even now, composers refer to these chants as a basis for new works. Moreover, variations on themes often serve to honor and preserve the legacy of the original works of an admired composer.

 

On a more contentious note, the concept of stealing in music, where compositions are overtly borrowed without acknowledgment, presents ethical dilemmas. Conductor Rollo Dilworth's research into cultural appropriation underscores the fine line between respectful homage and exploitation. Dilworth advocates for a balanced approach where cultural elements are borrowed with reverence and understanding, ensuring that all music, irrespective of its origin, is accorded the same respect and diligence in its presentation. 

2022-2023 Season

Choir and Organ

Saturday October 29, 2022

Performed in conjunction with the Chattanooga chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

This one of a kind concert featured works for choir, organ, and both together, culminating in a grand performance of the Messe Solennelle by Louis Vierne for two organs and choir.

In addition to the mass, this concert premiered two works by our own Ethan McGrath. Other composers included were Balfour Gardiner, Gabriel Faure, Randall Thompson, John Tavener, and Robert Lucas Pearsall.

Lessons and Carols

Sunday December 11, 2022

The nine lessons told as a part of this service walk through the Christmas story, from Earth's creation to the arrival of the Magi to witness the birth of Jesus Christ in the manger. Each choral carol and congregational hymn is meant to accentuate the stories told through these lessons, and to inspire joy and wonderment in the miracle of the Christmas story.

The 2022 service centered on Christmas from the female perspective, and featured music by female composers, arrangers, and lyricists.

Music of the New World

Saturday February 11, 2023

This concert took us on a trip through time, exploring and saluting the growth of American choral music from the founding of the colonies to today. It featured works from early folk songs, to battle hymns, and even Broadway musicals. We explored the influence of choral music, both sacred and secular, over its many years of existence in this country, and celebrated the diversity of genres that we have developed. 

A Service of Tenebrae

Tuesday April 4, 2023

Chorus Angelorum was honored to present this powerful and moving service in conjunction with Christ Church Episcopal.  For the 2023 service, the ensemble offered a combination of ancient chants, modern motets, and timeless hymns - including works by Aaron Copland, Scott Perkins, Christopher Harris, and Peter Hallock - to reflect on the themes of suffering, sacrifice, and redemption.

Choral Favorites

Saturday May 20, 2023

Choral Favorites was a one-of-a-kind concert featuring a carefully curated selection of classic and contemporary masterpieces, beloved works, and lesser-known gems specially chosen by the talented members of Chorus Angelorum as their favorite works to not only hear, but also to perform.

The program celebrated the magnificent diversity of choral music through works that showcase a large range of styles and genres, featuring renowned composers such as Kim Andre Arnesen, Franz Biebl, Anton Dvorak, Daniel Gawthrop, Ralph Manuel, Felix Mendelssohn, Alice Parker, and more!

2021-2022 Season

Celebrating the Choral Music of Black Composers

Saturday June 11, 2022

This concert celebrated the choral music of black composers, featuring works by Rosephanye Powell, Nathaniel Dett, Undine Smith Moore, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, Mitchell Southall, Marques Garrett, and Keith Hampton.


The event included a pre-concert chat at 6:00pm in Fox Hall, led by Neshawn Calloway, where we discussed the historical and cultural relevance of Choral Music by Black Composers, as well as how musicians can best communicate that story through performance.

An Office of Tenebrae

Tuesday April 11, 2022

The name Tenebrae (the Latin word for darkness or shadows) has traditionally been given to the ancient monastic night and early morning services (Matins and Lauds) of the last three days of Holy Week, which in medieval times came to be celebrated on the preceding evenings.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday December 5, 2021

The nine lessons told as a part of this service walk through the Christmas story, from Earth's creation to the arrival of the Magi to witness the birth of Jesus Christ in the manger. Each choral carol and congregational hymn is meant to accentuate the stories told through these lessons, and to inspire joy and wonderment in the miracle of the Christmas story.

Season Kickoff - Home

August 22, 2021

 

Chorus Angelorum Chattanooga, with The Church of the Good Shepherd, presented their premiere live concert - Home - featuring works by Pavel Chesnokov, Stephen Paulus, and many more, celebrating the Earth and Universe humanity calls home.

2020-2021 Season

An Office of Tenebrae

Wednesday March 31, 2021

In the Episcopal Church, the three major services of the Sacred Triduum, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil, are celebrated around sunset, noon, and midnight respectively. The Office of Tenebrae is celebrated as a preparatory service on the evening before these three days. The office is structured around the chanting of psalms, readings, and responsories.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

Sunday December 20, 2020

The inaugural performance for Chorus Angelorum was a virtual service of Lessons and Carols, filmed over several weeks in order to adhere to the strict safety regulations for COVID-19 at the time. 

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