EASTON — The Easton Choral Arts Society is holding auditions for its upcoming 42nd season.
Made up of members throughout the Delmarva region, the chorus performs a variety of music ranging from classical compositions to works by living composers.
Rehearsals will be held, starting in late August, from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Christ Church in Easton.
In addition, the Easton Choral Arts Society has announced its offerings for the upcoming season. The chorus will present a wide span of choral works from an array of music, spanning several hundred years up to the present.
Inaugurating the new season, the group will present “A Singable Feast.” From appetizers and ale to cakes and coffee, this concert will leave you hungry, with songs about food from the classics, Broadway and jazz. Featured pieces will include the PDQ Bach work “The Seasonings,” written by Peter Schickele and accompanied by an unusual group of instruments. It’s a tongue-in-cheek take-off on Haydn’s oratorio “The Seasons.” Jacque Offenbach’s “The Recipe” may entice you to bake a cake, while “Coffee in a Cardboard Cup,” by the composers of “Cabaret,” will tickle your funny bone.
For the Christmas season, the chorus will perform “A Candlelight Christmas.” The beautiful music of Christmas and winter presented in a candlelit setting will jump-start the holiday season. A brass quintet will join Easton Choral Arts for Daniel Pinkham’s “Christmas Cantata.” An arrangement of “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” as performed by Boston’s Christmas Revels, and more favorites of the season will fill out the program.
Tracing the footsteps of Vienna’s musical heritage, the spring concert will feature the chorus performing music from “The Four Gems of Vienna,” composers Beethoven, Mozart, Haydn and Schubert, all of whom did the bulk of their composing in Vienna. The concert will feature solos, piano and orchestral numbers and, of course, choruses from such works as Mozart’s “Solemn Vespers,” Haydn’s “The Creation,” Beethoven’s “The Mount of Olives” and Schubert’s “The Omnipotence.”
Easton Choral Arts is under the direction of Wes Lockfaw, who also is music director at Christ Church in Easton. Lockfaw, whose choirs were featured in 2014 at Bruton Parish Church in Williamsburg, Va., is the director of the Christ Church Concert Series and dean of the Mid-Shore Maryland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
The Easton Choral Arts Society is supported by grants from the Mid-Shore Community Foundation, the Talbot County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.