Artistic Director James Schatzman with the Choral Arts Society

2016-2017 Season

30th Anniversary

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CAS is an auditioned volunteer community chorus of over 60 members founded in 1987. We are proud to offer four major concert programs each season, which include a wide range of musical periods and styles. Explore our website, sign up for our e-mail list, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and most importantly, join us for a concert.

A German Requiem By Johannes Brahms
Featuring James and Susan McKeever, Piano

Friday, October 21, 2016, 7 PM
St. Lucy Catholic Church, 3101 Drexel Ave, Racine, WI
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 3 PM
Frances Bedford Concert Hall, University of Wisconsin Parkside
900 Wood Road, Kenosha, WI

The world fell in love with young composer Johannes Brahms through his first major work. Moved to express his feelings of loss for his mother and his mentor Robert Schumann, Brahms laid his emotions and faith to paper. He transformed the traditional prayer for the dead into a comfort for those left behind. His skillful handling of scripture infused this work with blessing and joy. This requiem is a classic masterpiece and yet a light to modern audiences. CAS will present Brahms’s own arrangement for piano – four hands, which he prepared for a presentation to the English royal court. We are honored to welcome Dr. James and Susan McKeever, the McKeever Duo, as our pianists.

Lessons and Carols 2016

Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7 PM
The Siena Center Chapel, 5635 Erie St., Racine, WI 53402
Sunday, December 4, 2016, 4 PM
St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 305 S. 1st St., Waterford, WI 53185

 Johann Sebastian Bach must have treasured Christmas, because he wrote such exquisite music for the season. The year’s Lessons and Carols is your opportunity to delight in the wondrous Christmas story through traditional readings and the timeless music of J.S. Bach. Enhanced by the sweet strains of a chamber ensemble, you will experience “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Break Forth, O Beauteous Heavenly Light” and “O Little One Sweet” as if with Bach in the Thomaskirche in Leipzig. The Service of Nine Lessons and Carols originated in Truro in 1880. It was popularized by its use in the Chapel of Kings College, Cambridge beginning in 1918. You’re warmly invited to join with us in this history, as you listen, sing along, and share fellowship.

Amahl and the Night Visitors

Friday, January 6, 2017, 7 PM
Saturday, January 7, 2017, 7 PM
First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., Racine, WI

Inspired by the composer’s childhood in Italy, and by Hieronymus Bosch’s painting “The Adoration of the Magi,” this Christmas themed opera by Giancarlo Menotti was commissioned by NBC as the first opera written specifically for television. It debuted in December 1951, and has since become a holiday favorite. CAS is excited to present Amahl as a fully staged small ensemble bonus performance on the feast of the Three Kings. This family-centered story about the Three Kings stopping on their way to see the Christ Child is perfect for all generations to enjoy together.

What’s Opera Doc? II

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 7 PM
Roma Lodge, 7130 Spring Street, Racine, WI

CAS’s first all opera presentation in 2014 was a triumph, and this time we’re adding a new dimension! Join us and be treated to some of the world’s greatest tunes and exhilarating choruses, with Italian flair. Some of the area’s most gifted young opera professionals will be featured in scenes from La Traviata, Cavalleria rusticana, La Boheme, Tannhauser, and other legendary operas. We can’t take you to La Scala, but you will have a scrumptious taste of Italy at this event: an assortment of delicious Italian treats and sweets catered by Roma Lodge. You may even enjoy a glass of vino from the cash bar. Don’t miss this evening of thunderous choruses, tender tunes and vocal fireworks.

An American Pastiche
Featuring Jeff Ward, Mark Paffrath, and Zachary Scot Johnson

Saturday May 13, 2017, 7 PM
Racine Masonic Center, 1012 Main Street, Racine, WI

Sometimes, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This is sure to be the case when three of our region’s most talented and famous singer-songwriters – Jeff Ward, Mark Paffrath, and Zachary Scot Johnson – all join forces with CAS to bring you folk, classical, Celtic, blues, and their original songs in a luscious potpourri for the senses. For our 30th Anniversary grand finale, they’ll unite with our chorus of more than 60 voices to offer you the best of what they do in a feast for the ears and a joy for the heart.  Don’t miss this collaboration of our region’s most gifted artists and its most celebrated chorus.