As part of their 100th Anniversary Commissioned Work Project, the Toledo Choral Society commissioned a work from Gwyneth Walker. The piece will be debuted in June 2020. Dr. Walker was also welcomed on June 11, 2017 as a special guest at a Toledo Choral Society concert, which highlighted John Rutter’s Requiem. To an Isle in the Water focuses on the beauty and history of the Great Lakes region and the poetry it inspired.
The Toledo Choral Society
The Toledo Choral Society has performed Handel’s Messiah every year since its 1919 establishment. The group, based in Ohio, is led by conductor/Music Director Richard Napierala II. In 2012, Rick became the fourth musical director of the Toledo Choral Society. Under his leadership, the Choral Society has performed works such as Faure’s Requiem, Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C, John Rutter’s Gloria, Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, Haydn’s Creation, Handel’s Messiah, and many other choral works found in the professional repertoire. Rick has been actively engaged in the membership and musical growth of the Society through collaborative efforts with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra, the University of Findlay Concert Chorale, and the Alma Drum and Dance Experience. Additionally, he has engaged the ensemble in the commissioning of a large choral work which will commemorate the Centennial Celebration of the Toledo Choral Society in 2019. These efforts have allowed traditional and non-traditional audiences to be exposed to the beauty and excitement of contemporary choral music.
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