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Chorus Austin Offers "Reflections" for 47th Choral Concert Season

    Under the banner of "Reflections," Chorus Austin celebrates their 47th season of choral music with both grandeur and intimacy.   The 2011-12 Season will include Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle and Bach's Mass in B minor, along with the annual "Sing-It-Yourself Messiah" and three large themed concert events.
     The season begins with
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Austin Civic Chorus performing the rarely-heard Petite Messe Solennelle by Rossini.  Written in 1863 and called "the last of my sins of old age" by the compser, the work will be performed by the 120-voice Chorus Austin symphonic ensemble along with chamber orchestra and soloists.  Performances will be Friday, October 14th, at the Northwest Hills United Methodist Church at 8 p.m., and again on Sunday, October 16th, at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church at 3 p.m.
      The Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble - Chorus Austin's 40-voice chamber ensemble - sings "Heart's Harvest" with an autumn concert featuring songs of America including traditional folk songs and pieces by Aaron Copeland, Leonard Bernstein and Samuel Barber. Two invited high school choirs will present prelude concerts for the performances on Saturday, November 12th, at the Westlake United Methodist Church at 8 p.m., and again on Sunday, November 13th, at 3 p.m. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
      The annual "Sing-It-Yourself Messiah" returns on Sunday, December 4th, to St. Matthew's Episcopal Church at 4 p.m.  The audience will have the opportunity to join with the Austin Civic Chorus, orchestra and soloists in singing favorite highlights of Handel's venerated oratorio.
     The ensembles of Chorus Austin present their annual holiday concert, "On a Winter's Eve," accompanied by a chamber orchestra on Saturday, December 17th, at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church at 7 p.m.  Highlights will include Buxtehude's "Jesu Meine Freude" and Benjamin Britten's "Ceremony of Carols," together with an audience sing-along of seasonal favorites.
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     The Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble returns on Saturday, March 31th, for "In Remembrance" at Hope Presbyterian Church at 8 p.m.   This concert is part of Austin's "Light /The Holocaust & Humanity Project" with works including "Is Not a Flower a Mystery," "A Child's Journey," "Kaddish for a Young Artist" and "El Moley Rachamin."
     The season concludes when the 150 massed voices of Chorus Austin
Austin Civic Chorus/Austin Vocal Arts Ensemble Bach's monumental Mass in B minor with full orchestra and soloists.  The concert event plays Friday, April 20th, and Saturday, April 21st, at Northwest Hills United Methodist Church, beginning at 8 p.m. each night
    Tickets for the concerts are $20 for general admission and $15 for seniors and students.  Admission for the "Sing-It-Yourself Messiah" is $15 for general admission.  For more information and reservations, call (512) 719-3300 or visit online at www.ChorusAustin.org.

(Photo courtesy Chorus Austin)
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