Choral Artists of Sarasota Presents “What Sweeter Music”

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Pictured: Choral Artists of Sarasota, Photo by Barbara Banks

Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 43rd season, “Carried Away,” continues with “What Sweeter Music,” Sunday, December 19, 5 p.m., at Church of the Redeemer, 222 S. Palm Avenue, Sarasota. The concert features spectacular brass, organ, and choral arrangements, notably by the Canadian Brass, of Christmas classics. Mezzo-soprano Amy Jo Connours, and organists Ann Stephenson-Moe and Sam Nelson join the 30 Choral Artists singers for this joyful holiday concert. Tickets are $35; $5 for students. 

The brass quintet will be featured in several solo pieces, including “Wachet Auf” by J.S. Bach and Morten Lauridsen’s ethereal “O Magnum Mysterium.” The featured soloist for the concert is Amy Jo Connours, mezzo-soprano, whose soulful and expressive renditions of holiday classics and newfound holiday gems are sprinkled throughout the program. Holiday favorites include “O Holy Night,” Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus,” and several carols for all to sing, including “O Come, All Ye Faithful” and “Hark! the Herald Angels Sing.” Organists Sam Nelson, director of music at Redeemer, and Ann Stephenson-Moe, music director emeritus at Redeemer and founding member of Choral Artists, will both accompany portions of the program.The Choral Artists of Sarasota comprises 32 of the region’s most notable professional singers. Eight young singers, ages 16 to 22, are also invited to join the group each year, as part of the organization’s educational outreach. One of these gifted singers will be awarded the Barbara Diles Apprentice Scholarship, a funding program to support either private lessons or vocal training at an institution of higher learning. 

Pictured: Choral Artists of Sarasota, Photo by Barbara Banks

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