Sursum Corda Announces 2015-2016 Season

Sursum Corda’s 2015-2016 year is our ninth season! We are pleased to announce three varied programs of choral works, and collaborations with two of the area’s most vital performing groups, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, and the Birmingham Art Music Alliance!

“CATHEDRAL CLASSICS” – Our fall program is a first for Sursum Corda – TWO performances in TWO locations in the Birmingham area of the same beautiful program, dedicated to sacred choral classics. The all-unaccompanied program includes a mixture of justly-famous, enduring works by composers such as Palestrina, Tallis, and Rachmaninoff, 20th-century works by Bob Chilcott and Randall Thompson, and three larger pieces: Mass in G by Francis Poulenc, Lark by Aaron Copland, and Warum ist das Licht by Johannes Brahms will be presented in two beautiful churches: Bluff Park United Methodist Church, 733 Valley Street in Hoover on Thursday, November 5 at 7:30 pm, and at the Cathedral of St. Paul, 2120 3rd Avenue North in Birmingham on Sunday, November 8 at 2:00 pm.

“THE SEVEN DEADLY SINS” – The 1930s sung ballet, with music by Kurt Weill and a libretto by Bertolt Brecht, is a remarkable piece from the heady days of Germany’s Weimar Republic, as was evoked in the musical Cabaret. We are honored to appear with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra again, this time in the ASO’s debut performance in the newly-renovated Lyric Theatre downtown, with new Musical Director Carlos Izcaray conducting. Friday, February 26, at 7:30 PM. For ticket information and more details, visit www.alabamasymphony.org and click on “Special Performances.”

CONTEMPORARY CHORAL – Sursum Corda will perform as part of the Birmingham Art Music Alliance’s season on April 7 at 7:30 PM, at the Southside Baptist Church in Five Points South. The program will center on 20th and 21st century choral works, and in particular composers who are BAMA members. Please join us for what will be a most unusual and great evening of new works by these dedicated composers.