Choral Artists of Sarasota Announces 2018-2019 Season

The ensemble launches its 40th season with “Celebration,” featuring six unique and dynamic concerts.

(Sarasota, FL) Choral Artists of Sarasota launches its 40th season with more of the innovative programming that has become the organization’s hallmark under the artistic direction of Dr. Joseph Holt. “Celebration” features a series of six concerts that will take place in October, December, February, April, May and July. Season packages and individual tickets, ranging from $20 to $75, are available online now. For more information about the Choral Artists of Sarasota or to purchase tickets, visit or call 941-387-4900.

Holt says that the 2018-2019 season celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Choral Artists of Sarasota with “programs highlighting the dynamic and vibrant excellence of this exceptional ensemble. Each concert represents a unique theme, designed to underscore the breadth of the ensemble’s strengths.” The organization is also celebrating the 10th anniversary of Holt as artistic director. Holt is especially excited to join forces with Key Chorale in April for three performances of Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” with the Sarasota Orchestra and Anu Tali, conducting. These performances celebrate Tali’s final appearance as music director of Sarasota Orchestra. In addition, Holt continues to work with compose and part-time Sarasota resident James Grant on a commission entitled “Listen to the Earth.” The work, which will have its world premiere in Sarasota in 2020, is an environment-themed choral cantata that features texts by astronauts and by such scientific and cultural luminaries as Carl Sagan, John Muir and Robert W. Service.

The Choral Artists of Sarasota’s 2018-2019 season features:

  • Then Sings My Soul: In this concert,favorite Christian hymns, performed in concert arrangements, are interspersed with Jewish and Islamic music, celebrating the three major religions that share the same origin.  “Nearer My God, To Thee,” alongside two prayers—one Jewish and the other Islamic—highlight the unique spiritual quality inherent in these faiths.  Featuring Ann-Stephenson Moe at the organ and an ensemble of brass instrumentalists, the performance features other well-known hymns such as “Simple Gifts,” “A Mighty Fortress is Our God,” and “How Great Thou Art.” Sunday, October 14, 4 p.m., at Church of the Redeemer in Sarasota.
  • Rejoice!! Artistic Director Joseph Holt celebrates his 10th anniversary as artistic director in a celebratory holiday performance featuring “The King Shall Rejoice,” one of the Handel “Coronation Anthems,” a choral version of the “Nutcracker,” and favorite carols, including a new setting of “Silent Night.” Sunday, December 9, 4 p.m., at First Church in Sarasota.
  • From the Heart: “A German Requiem” by Johannes Brahms is one of the most inspirational and moving works of the 19thcentury, celebrating and soothing the living, not the deceased. Paired with William Averitt’s “Over Jordan,” a setting of four gospel and spiritual pieces that contemplate the ecstatic journey into eternity, the concert features soloists Jenny Kim-Godfrey, soprano, and Marcus DeLoach, baritone. Choral Artists will observe its 40th anniversary with this performance. Saturday, February 16, 4 p.m., at First Church in Sarasota.
  • Peace and Joy: Choral Artists of Sarasota joins forces with Key Chorale for three performances of Beethoven’s “Ninth Symphony” with the Sarasota Orchestra and Anu Tali, conductor. These performances celebrate Tali’s final appearance as music director. Choral Artists will be featured performing Schönberg’s “Friede auf Erden.” Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 5, 6, & 7, at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall in Sarasota. For tickets, visit
  • An Afternoon of Operetta:Celebrate Mother’s Day with lilting melodies from favorite operettas by Jacques Offenbach and Franz von Suppé and a condensed version of “The Pirates of Penzance” by Gilbert & Sullivan.  Presented by Artist Series Concerts of Sarasota. Sunday, May 12, 4 p.m., at the Sarasota Opera House.
  • Sounds of Independence: Celebrate Independence Day with choral fireworks, featuring the Sarasota premiere of Jerry Bilik’s “Independence,” favorite patriotic selections and a setting of “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere” by René Clausen with the Sarasota Concert Band. Thursday, July 4, 4 p.m., at Sarasota Opera House.


The Choral Artists of Sarasota comprises 32 of the region’s most notable professional singers. In addition, as part of the organization’s educational outreach, eight young singers, ages 16 to 22, are invited to join the group each year. One of these gifted singers will be awarded the Barbara Diles Apprentice Scholarship, a funding program to support vocal training at an institution of higher learning or to support private lessons.

“A vital part of our mission is to engage young people to participate in choral music—both as singers and audience members,” says Susan Burke, executive director of Choral Artists of Sarasota. She adds the organization also provides other educational outreach initiatives, including behind-the-scenes dress rehearsal “sneak previews” for area students. A new initiative this year, “Concert Preview Coffees,” will feature the artistic director’s insights into the theme of the program, background on the specific music, and a chance to meet singers and soloists. Each event will be held before each concert, with the date and location to be announced on the website.


About the Choral Artists of Sarasota

The Choral Artists of Sarasota, now in its 40th season, features 32 of the region’s most notable professional singers. The group celebrates the rich, artistic expressiveness of choral music through innovative repertoire, inspired performances and stimulating educational outreach. Under the artistic direction of Dr. Joseph Holt, Choral Artists of Sarasota performs a repertoire spanning four centuries, and includes symphonic choral works, intimate madrigals, folk songs, close-harmony jazz, and Broadway show music. The ensemble also specializes in premiere performances of lesser-known choral works—particularly music by living American composers. Choral Artists of Sarasota has performed premieres by René Clausen, Dick Hyman, Robert Levin, Gwyneth Walker and James Grant. As part of the organization’s educational outreach, eight young singers, ages 16 to 22, are invited to join the group each year. For more information, visit