Part of Piccolo Spoleto's Choral Artist Series. The University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory Collegium Vocale of Kansas City specializes in the performance of Renaissance and Baroque choral music and is one of the most respected choral ensembles in the Midwest. This season’s program includes two sections. The first focuses on high sensual and dramatic choral music that depicts Biblical family drama. The second centers on texts reflecting on the transformation, hope and peace of Eastertide. (1 hr.)
WHAT IS IT? This respected Piccolo series will feature four top-drawer out-of-town choirs, plus three leading local ensembles, strutting their vocal stuff in turn at St. Philip’s Church.
WHY SEE IT? Piccolo planners choose their choirs carefully, knowing what it takes to please Chucktown’s picky choral fans. Most of the visiting choirs — like the Antioch Chamber Choir and the Southern Appalachian Chamber Singers — have wowed Piccolo crowds in past festivals. And both of Robert Taylor’s participating choirs, the College of Charleston Concert Choir and the Taylor Festival Choir, were honored at prestigious national choral conventions just this year. If you can’t get into the Cathedral to hear the big festival’s Westminster Choir, these events will provide ample consolation.
WHO SHOULD GO? Thanks to our rich local choral tradition, Charleston positively crawls with choral fans who will revel in these concerts. Those new to classical choral music will get a great introduction to the choral arts. (Lindsay Koob)