Saginaw, MI – The Saginaw Choral Society is excited to announce its 2017-2018 season!
The season opens in October with a delightfully spooky show called “Michigan Chillers” featuring acclaimed author of the American Chillers and Michigan Chillers young adult book series, Johnathan Rand. Rand will be reading from his work Campfire Stories while music from the choir will enhance Rand’s storytelling.
Tamara Grefe, Executive Director, says “We’re not only delighted to have Johnathan Rand as a guest artist for our season opener but are thrilled to also host a special event for 3rd through 6th grade students the day before the show. We’ve had an overwhelming response from schools wanting to attend. Within days of announcing the event, we are already nearing capacity at the Temple Theatre!”
In December, SCS will be partnering with the Saginaw Valley State University Department of Theatre for a holiday production of “Scrooge the Musical” in concert in Saginaw’s Temple Theatre. This production will feature a semi-staged presentation of Leslie Bricusse’s beloved holiday classic. Saginaw Choral Society is proud to continue bringing the trend of Broadway concert settings to our community!
In February, members of the community are invited to join SCS for a community-sing performance of the Lord Nelson Mass by Franz Joseph Haydn. The performance will take place in the beautiful Performing Arts Center at Saginaw Arts & Sciences Academy. Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass exists as one of the most exciting works music in the Western world. Written during the Napoleonic wars, Haydn composed his work to reflect struggle during wartime and the power of artistic beauty to represent humanity. This concert is sure to be a thrill for singers and listeners alike!
The season concludes with special guest soprano, Dr. Latoya Lain of Central Michigan University in a performance of John Rutter’s “Feel the Spirit” and the Robert Ray Gospel Mass. Dr. Lain is a renowned dramatic soprano and voice instructor at Central Michigan University. As a singer, her voice exhibits power and clarity while expertly showcasing the subtle sensitivities of poetry in music. As a teacher, Dr. Lain’s students have won top awards for their musical accomplishments. Saginaw Choral Society is thrilled to share the stage with this amazing singer as we close our season with spirit!
Special events include a special St. Patrick’s Day concert by Saginaw Choral Society’s premier men’s sextet, Ah Tempo! in “Kiss the Blarney Stone,” and an evening of “Cabaret & Cabernet” both held in the newly renovated Court Street Theater.
Jeremiah Kraniak, Music Director, says “Relevant music needs to echo the thoughts and inspirations of our community and our time. That’s why the community part of this community choir is so important. The members of SCS are your family, friends, colleagues, and neighbors. We strive to be representative of the people and places of the Great Lakes Bay Region and we take pride in knowing that the faces we see every day are the same people who support what we do. Our choir is your choir and together we are the Saginaw Choral Society!”
The Saginaw Choral Society currently boasts an 85 member choir whose members represent many facets of the community including students from area high schools, colleges and universities, local educators, and many other community leaders.
Season tickets are on sale now by calling the Temple Theatre at (989) 754-7469.