Some of San Antonio's most able musicians play an instrument we all take for granted.
"I can't tell you how many people tell us how, that when they hear our a capella music, it is what they imagine Angels must sound like," said Copperleaf Quintet Artistic Director and singer Ruth Moreland.
Some of the group's new season, which begins September 29, will be performed primarily at the University of the Incarnate Word's Chapel of the Incarnate Word.
The St. Mark's Choir and Youth Choir are going to Exeter Cathedral to be choir in residence from July 22-July 28. They will be responsible for singing daily services, with one day off! In total, they will perform 7 services (two on Sunday).
This weekend, Sunday at 4pm, the choirs are presenting a concert entitled, "Exeter in Texas" were they offer a preview of some of the music:
Already in their third season, Musica Sacra SA will perform Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. at Our Lady of Atonement. The program follows the Second Sunday of Advent - both musically and literally.
Robert Finster says there are familiar composers and one you might not know. "David Briggs is a great improviser for the organ, and has transcribed all of the Gigout solos! He works in London at a church, plus he composes very original pieces. I first heard of him on your radio station [KPAC] with Heart and Voice!"
It has been three years since the San Antonio Mastersingers performed Sing for the Cure, a work created by Pamela Martin and Brant Adams. Director John Silantien says "every time you look at it [Sing for the Cure], you can see something different, and it touches everybody! I mean it is just so powerful in its reach, and this topic of breast cancer, it seems like it is in everyone's life."
Donations are being accepted by the choral group, as well as "pink notes" that will be displayed at the concert.
Project: Sing! is the Children's Chorus of San Antonio's community outreach program serving elementary children in grades 3 through 6 in the Harlandale, San Antonio and Edgewood school districts and area private schools. Participating students who do not have the opportunity or access to CCSA’s core programs join together weekly in their own neighborhood for one or two condensed semesters of singing, learning, and sharing taught by their staff.
Ruth Moreland loves pairing music with art. "There is something about singing in a space and having this art right there. Nothing better for the performers or the audience!" she says.
The Copperleaf Quintet, which Moreland founded and sings in, will set the galleries alive with songs about the Madonna. San Antonio Museum of Art hosts Copperleaf in the Spanish Colonial Gallery for a concert of Renaissance vocal music reflecting the art in SAMA's current "Rostros de Maria" exhibit.