38th Anniversary Season

Taos Community Chorus (TCC) is looking forward to its upcoming fall 2016 and spring 2017 seasons, which mark TCC’s 38th anniversary of “creating community through song”,  its mission.  Erick Brunner will be TCC’s guest director during this time, taking over as conductor for the group.  Erick is a well-known, highly regarded musician and conductor within the Taos community, and TCC, having had Erick as its conductor in the past, is thrilled to welcome him back.  In addition, TCC is excited to have Claire Detels return as TCC’s pianist and assistant director.

The music that Erick has selected for TCC involves serious, stand-alone compositions that reflect the original nature and philosophy of the group’s purpose.

For the Fall 2016 season, TCC will perform the “Solemn Mass in G” (more commonly known as the “St. Cecilia Mass”) of Charles Gounod. This choice is rather symbolic because St. Cecilia is the patron saint of music, so it is appropriate as a celebratory piece for the chorus. This is a much-loved composition, and singers have told Erick many times over how much they love to sing it. The resources for the mass are chorus with soprano, tenor and bass soloists.

For the Spring 2017 season, TCC will perform Johannes Brahms’ Requiem, using the very beautiful and rather new English translation which is textually and phrase-wise well aligned with the German text and musical phrasing. The resources for the requiem are chorus with soprano and bass soloists. Erick cannot think of a more popular great choral work that has been often mentioned by members of TCC over the years. There seems to be much interest and enthusiasm to sing this incredible work. Although it utilizes scriptural texts, it does so in a non-religious, more secular manner and therefore is not a setting of the traditional requiem mass.

TCC encourages anyone who loves to sing and would enjoy being part of a community of fun, enthusiastic and hard-working sopranos, altos, tenors and basses to seriously consider joining the group.  In fact, the compositions that TCC will be performing for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 seasons work best with large choral resources, so come sing with us and help make our 38th anniversary even more special.

Anyone wanting more information on how to join TCC should email taoschorus@gmail.com.