CAAM Concerts

2020-2021 Season

Northern Lights: Works by Ola Gjeilo   A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE

Columbia Chorale with guest artists

Recording released: November 2020 

Columbia Chorale kicks off its 44th season by presenting virtual recordings of the ethereal music by the acclaimed Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo. A first-ever for Columbia Chorale, the virtual choir features Chorale members – current and former – from around the globe. Among other works, this virtual program will include Gjeilo’s Northern Lights, which is set to the Latin Pulchra Es text from Song of Solomon and inspired by the aurora borealis phenomenon. 

All Men A-Loud!  RESCHEDULED FALL 2021

Sounds of Freedom  A VIRTUAL EXPERIENCE 

CYC with special guests 

Recording released: December 2020

Singing has long been a natural means to endure hardship, resist adversity, protest injustice, and unite communities. The CYC choirs will continue their exploration of the moving power of music through a virtual collection of freedom songs representing a variety of cultures and historical periods. The virtual recordings will not only feature their powerful voices but will showcase their other artistic talents from artwork, poetry, and dance.  

Unity: A Benefit Concert 

Columbia Community Gospel Choir, Columbia Kids Gospel Choir, and Columbia Chorale

7 p.m. Sat., Jan. 23, 2021 

CAAM promotes Unity in the Community in its sixth-annual concert to honor Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy through a benefit concert performance of gospel-inspired works. Hailed as one of CAAM’s most powerful and uplifting concerts, Unity brings together individuals of all faiths and backgrounds to celebrate diversity and raise money for a deserving area non-profit. Past concerts have raised over $13,000 for Youth Empowerment Zone, Granny’s House, United Community Builders, BOLD Leadership Academy, and City of Refuge. This year, we join together to highlight Dr. King’s powerful call to serve others with excellence: “The time is always right to do what is right.” 

In preparation for this year’s Unity concert, we are organizing a virtual choir featuring the call to action anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” Open to anyone interested, our hope with this project is to unite our community through song, spreading awareness of the long, painful struggle Black individuals have faced and affirming their rightful place in society. Black Lives Matter. Stay tuned for more information about how to easily participate in this project! Recording released: January 2021. 

In the Dark and Light: Robert S. Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories and Adolphus Hailstork’s I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes  (cautiously optimistic)

Columbia Chorale  

7 p.m. Sat., April 24, 2021 

Moments of hope and affirmation in the depths of despair – or disease – are exceedingly rare, but can be found. Experience this transcendence when the Columbia Chorale, under the baton of guest conductor Dr. Brandon A. Boyd, presents the powerful modern oratorio Alzheimer’s Stories by Robert S. Cohen and Herschel Garfein coupled with the uplifting cantata I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes by Adolphus Hailstork. Alzheimer’s Stories movingly gives a voice to the millions of Americans with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers by mimicking the progression of the disease through poignant real-life experiences. In I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes, Hailstork sets three well-known Psalms – 121, 13, and 23 – in a powerful conversation with each other. Both works call us to bring love, faith, music, and light even in the darkest of places.

Much To Do About Nothing: Songs of Satire, Pun, and other Silliness  (cautiously optimistic)


4 p.m. Sun., May 2, 2021

Now in its 8th season, Columbia Youth Choirs has established itself as the premier youth choir program in the region, providing a musical home for the hundreds of passionate singers who have joined the choral family over the years. CYC members show their wit and creativity in a broad showcase of music with nonsensical texts, clever wordplay, and unconventional sounds and instruments. Much To Do About Nothing features each of the CYC ensembles with special guest artists.

Come Away to the Skies: An Evening of Bluegrass (cautiously optimistic)

Columbia Chamber Choir 

7 p.m. Sat. May 8, 2021  

Columbia Chamber Choir with special guest artists combines the sacred and secular in a performance of bluegrass and folk music. Featuring Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Mass by Tim Sharp and Wes Ramsay, which incorporates traditional Southern hymns into the Catholic Mass, this concert highlights the spirited and spiritual hallmarks of the American bluegrass and folk genres.


Prometheus: An American Vocal Consort

(Date TBA 2021) Columbia and KC

Les Bourgeois, Rocheport and collaborative concert in KC 

CAAM’s Artists-in-Residence under Artistic Director R. Paul Crabb take audiences on a journey through Western Europe in this unique concert experience. Prometheus’ twelve professional singers present sublime a cappella choral music in an intimate setting, where audiences will enjoy wine and food specifically chosen to pair with each musical piece. This imaginative feast for the senses is not to be missed! The ensemble will once again provide free educational outreach concerts to area schools as part of its tour.  

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Past CAAM Concerts