In the last two months of 2018, Iowans gave 100 choral concerts (we listed them!). But if December is "peak choral," the singing returns in February and especially in March and April. We won’t create another “big list” of every event, but will try to keep you updated with brief, occasional posts. As usual, let me know what I’m missing! Here’s a start:
TUESDAY, MARCH 5th
*7:30 PM in Iowa City - Showing of the documentary, Man of Many Voices, followed by a question and answer session with Dr. Ann Howard Jones. She has been called "one of the leading choral figures in the country, arguably the world," and is in Iowa City this week as a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Alumni Fellow. A native Iowan who earned all three of her degrees at the University of Iowa, she went on to international fame with, among other achievements, her work with the Atlanta Symphony chorus, and Boston University, whose choral programs she raised to national prominence as its Director of Choral ctivities. She was assistant to Robert Shaw, the subject of this documentary to be shown at Voxman Music Building Auditorium.
*7:30 PM in Cedar Falls - University of Northern Iowa's Concert Chorale, Women’s Chorus, the UNI Varsity Men’s Glee Club and UNI Singers will offer a shared spring concert. Conductors John Len Wiles and Amy Kotsonis. GBPAC
FRIDAY, MARCH 8th
*12:15 PM in Cedar Falls - Bach Cantata Series - UNI Cantorei, Wind Symphony, and Northern Iowa Symphony, John Len Wiles conducting. McElroy Lobby, GBPAC
*7:30 PM in Iowa City - University of Iowa Kantorei / University Choir - Dr. Ann Howard Jones conducting. Music of Bernstein, Brahms, and many more. Voxman Music Building
SATURDAY, MARCH 9th
*7:30 PM in Cedar Rapids - Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale Masterworks: Passion and Light Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale, joined by the First Lutheran Church Choir, will present Part II of Handel's Messiah and Morten Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna at 7:30 p.m. March 9, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 857 Third Ave. SE in Cedar Rapids. Tickets: $12 advance, $15 at the door. The Cedar Rapids Concert Chorale is under the direction of Dr. Gerald Kreitzer.
*7:30 PM in Iowa City - The Quire Fundraiser. Old Brick Auditorium, 26 E. Market St. Iowa City
SUNDAY, MARCH 10th
*2 PM in Grinnell - Handel’s Dixit Dominus and J. S. Bach’s Mass in A major. Two of the towering choral works of the Baroque, performed by the Grinnell Singers with the Lyra Baroque Orchestra (a period-instrument group from the Twin Cities), all conducted by Grinnell's John Rommereim. The soloists are excellent: Maria Jette, soprano, Angela Smucker, alto, Roy Heilman, tenor, and Thomas Meglioranza ('89), bass.
*1:30 PM in Ames - Statesmen Men’s Choir. ISU Music Hall
*4:00 PM in Ames - Cantamus Women’s Choir. ISU Music Hall
MONDAY, MARCH 11th
*7:00 PM in Urbandale - The Augustana Choir. St. Stephen Lutheran Church, 3510 72nd St.
TUESDAY, MARCH 12th
*7:00 PM in Sioux City - The Augustana Choir. Morningside Lutheran Church, 700 S. Martha St.
*7:30 PM in Des Moines - The Drake Choir/ Chamber Choir Pre-Tour Concert. Aimee Beckmann-Collier conducts. Sheslow Auditorium, Drake University.