"Summer Sings," sponsored by the Williamsburg Choral Guild, features open-reading sessions of great choral masterworks, each with a guest conductor and piano accompaniment. Described by a happy participant as "summer camp for singers," these Wednesday events start at 7:00 p.m. with registration, announcements and an introduction to the music; singing begins at 7:30 p.m. The programs take place at Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists at 3051 Ironbound Road, between Route 5 and Jamestown Road.
The programs for 2015:
• June 10 - Handel: Four Coronation Anthems, conducted by Dr. Robert Taylor, Director of Choral Activities, College of Charleston, of whom Peter Ingle (Charleston Today) wrote ". . . he is pleasantly obsessed with extracting the exact pitch, tempo, dynamics and synchronization - not for their own sake, but to reach and convey a sense of spiritual serenity." Piano accompaniment is provided by Wei-Li Suen, an active performer, collaborator and educator in the Richmond area. The texts for Handel's Coronation Anthems are drawn from the King James Bible and were set to music for the coronation of British monarchs.
• June 17 - Haydn: "The Creation," conducted by Dr. Erin R. Freeman, Director of the Richmond Symphony Chorus and Director of Choral Activities at VCU; she is also the newly appointed Artistic Director of Wintergreen Performing Arts, where she will lead artistic endeavors of the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and the associated Wintergreen Summer Music Academy. Dr. Freeman has been hailed by the press as "engaging, elegant and entertaining." Previous Summer Singers have raved about her energetic direction, educational insights and great sense of humor. Laura Candler-White, accompanist, serves on the music faculty at VCU and is a church organist, among other engagements. This late 18th-century oratorio, considered to be Haydn's masterpiece, celebrates the creation of the world and is based on the Book of Genesis, Psalms and Milton's Paradise Lost.
Bring your own score, or borrow one at the door. The Guild welcomes singers of all abilities as well as those who just want to listen. No preparation is necessary. The only requirement for would-be songsters is a love of community music-making. At "Summer Sings" the audience is the chorus!
For more information, visit www.williamsburgchoralguild.org. Admission is $10.
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