A rerun isn’t a bad idea when it was so much fun the first time.
That’s the philosophy Rick Kvam applied when it came to opening the 2015-2016 Choral Arts Ensemble season with a reprise of last year’s “Singer Showcase” concert.
“A lot of people said ‘Do it again,'” said Kvam, director of the ensemble. “I thought, ‘Yeah, it’s a great way to start the season.'”
So “Singer Showcase” is back and will be presented Sept. 25 and 26 at Zumbro Lutheran Church. The concert features members of the ensemble performing as individuals or in small groups, both as singers and instrumentalists. The entire ensemble also will sing at the opening and closing of each half of the concert.
A similar showcase opened last year’s season. “There are a lot of really talented musicians within the group,” Kvam said. “I didn’t realize how fun and powerful it would be. You see them as individuals.”
Given the individual talents of the singers, concert selections will range from bluegrass to Broadway. There will be jazz, a brass quintet, “The Weasel Cantata,” “The Graceful Ghost Rag,” and chorus members will play clarinet, oboe, guitar, mandolin and other instruments.
After their turn in the spotlight, the singers meld back into the full chorus.
Each time the chorus reunites, the subject will be the joy of raising their voices in song. “It’s a celebration of singing,” Kvam said.
Selections include Dale Warland’s “Always Singing,” Vincent Youmans’ “Without a Song” and Greg Jasperse’s “Voice Dance,” originally composed as a jazz wedding processional, before closing with “I Sing Because I’m Happy.” “It’s a great closer,” Kvam said. “It’s a very infectious, joyful, call-and-response sort of thing.”
The rest of the Choral Arts Ensemble season:
— “Music for the City of Healing,” Nov. 7-8, Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights
— “Christmas at Assisi,” Dec. 11-13, Lourdes Chapel, Assisi Heights
— “Mostly Mozart,” with Maria Jette, March 19-20, Christ United Methodist Church
— “Diverse Voices,” May 7, Century High School auditorium
The annual “A Singing Valentine” benefit will be held Feb. 13 at Rochester International Event Center.