Unity Highlights Video and “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing” Community-wide Virtual Choir
Columbia Community Gospel Choir, Columbia Kids Gospel Choir, and Community Members
This year’s Gospel Choir and Unity Concert will look a little different. Instead of our typical concert, we will create a CCGC (Columbia Community Gospel Choir) and CKGC (Columbia Kids’ Gospel Choir) highlights video, premiering the first-ever community-wide virtual choir featuring the call to action anthem “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing.” The highlights video will feature picture and musical highlights from past Unity concerts, recent interviews of singers and musicians, and, of course, the community-wide virtual choir presentation of “Lift Ev’ry Voice.”
We want your voice to be heard! Participation is simple and can be done as a soloist or small group. All ages welcome, and open to anyone interested in mid-Missouri or beyond. Instructions to submit are simple and can be found HERE. 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 because CAAM knows Black Lives Matter, too.
The recording will be released in February 2021 to pay tribute to Black History Month.
The Cry of Jeremiah
Columbia Chorale with special guest Rosephanye Powell
7 p.m. Sat., April 24, 2021 (Livestream)
Experience Rosephanye Powell, one of America’s most prominent women composer of contemporary concert choral music, and the Missouri premiere of her four-movement choral work, The Cry of Jeremiah, in this livestream event. As performed by the Columbia Chorale under the baton of guest conductor Dr. Brandon A. Boyd, this concert is not to be missed, featuring Rosephanye Powell as the guest narrator! Characterized by beautiful melodies, contrapuntal textures, rich harmonies, rhythmic vitality, and passionate music that paint this historical text’s drama, Powell’s The Cry of Jeremiah tells the story of Jeremiah, a prophet of Israel who was imprisoned, beaten, and publicly ridiculed because of his prophecies of doom for Israel. In the four movements, based on Chapter 20 in the Book of Jeremiah, the prophet cries out to God while experiencing myriad emotions, including anguish, betrayal, and disillusionment.In “Hallelujah!,” the final song inspired by Jeremiah 20:11-13, Jeremiah’s complaint transforms into praise as he reconciles that God is faithful to his promise to deliver the righteous.
Much To Do About Nothing: Songs of Satire, Pun, and other Silliness (cautiously optimistic)
4 p.m. Sun., May 2, 2021 (Livestream)
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. Watch from the comforts of home as this concert will be presented as a livestream event.
Come Away to the Skies: An Evening of Bluegrass
Columbia Chamber Choir
7 p.m. Sat. May 8, 2021 (Outdoor venue TBA)
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, and will be presented as an outdoor event with a bluegrass band.
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.
PAST 2020-2021 CONCERTS
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.
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.
To view past concerts click below: