Posted by Kimberly Powell on 11/08/2015

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Canterbury Choral Society!


Dedicated to its mission is to transform lives, educate the future and inspire communities through great choral music. Canterbury's vision is to continually offer artistic and educational experiences of the highest quality each year to the broadest and most diverse audience possible in the Central Oklahoma region.  Founded in May of 1969 with 60 singers the Society now performs in the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City, the 125-member volunteer adult Chorus the largest of its kind in the state of Oklahoma.   The Society also shares a unique partnership with the Oklahoma City University Wanda L. Bass School of Music forming a center for choral excellence and including a shared choral music library, staffing and performance projects.  

Written in 1931, the year after Igor Stravinsky’s choral masterpiece Symphony of Psalms, William Walton’s oratorio Belshazzar’s Feast borrows from Stravinsky’s concept, a three part work drawing its words directly from the Bible and utilizing text from the Psalms, the first and last sections echoing the Russian master in musical terms but offering in its key center some of the most creative and distinctive music in the 20th century English choral canon.  Both works featured in the Canterbury Choral Society’s season opening concert presented on Friday October 2nd at the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City, the Society joined by Oklahoma City University’s Chamber Choir and University Singers, guest baritone Gabriel Preisser and the OKC Philharmonic.  


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