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Hilton Head Choral Society Hosts Choral Festival Featuring Voices from Kansas City, Charleston, Savannah and Bluffton

Join the Hilton Head Choral Society as they host the first ever Hilton Head Choral Society Choral Festival at 7 p.m. on Sunday, April 2 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 24 Pope Avenue, Hilton Head Island. The HHCS’s third concert of the season includes the 100 voices of the HHCS, four invited choruses, and a special guest – world-renowned composer/conductor, Paul Basler.
Basler is a Professor of Music at the University of Florida where he teaches horn and undergraduate composition courses. One of the most performed composers of his generation, Basler’s compositions have been performed at venues throughout the world including Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Sydney Opera House and in Shanghai by the Shanghai Philharmonic.

The festival will feature music for all generations from sacred to secular representing more than 175 voices! The other choruses include:

  • A select chorus of singers from Avila University in Kansas City, MO, will be led by Dr. Amity Bryson. HHCS singers met these singers in Italy in 2009 and were so impressed with their musicianship and dedication to beautiful choral singing, the HHCS wanted to include the chorus in their very first Choral Festival.
  • Made up of some of the top young voices in our area is a chorus of students from the new May River High School in Bluffton under the direction of Jason Snyder, Director of Choral/Orchestral Activities.
  • The Charleston Southern University Concert Singers, representing The Horton School of Music, are led by Ricard Bordas, Assistant Professor of Music.
  • With a variety of singers, both amateur and professionals of all ages, the Parish Choir of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Savannah, under the direction of Steven Branyon, is well known for the quality of their weekly presentations in worship as well as their monthly Evensong services.

The Festival will feature individual, 15-minute performances from all five choruses – showcasing their unique talents and diverse musical styles, under the direction of each ensemble’s conductor.

The choruses will then combine with a small orchestra, under the baton of special guest conductor Paul Basler, to perform his own powerful compositions of “Missa Brevis” and “Psalm 23.”

“This Festival will be a special evening for our audience and members of the Choral Society alike,” says Tim Reynolds, Artistic Director of HHCS. “We look forward to a memorable night of performances.”

All seating is reserved. You can order tickets by clicking here. Follow the prompts or you can order by phone at 843-341-3818.