Symphony Chorus Concert a Kaleidoscope of Styles

The Quincy Symphony Chorus Performs “Kaleidoscope”

The Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association’s 75th anniversary season continues with the choral production “Kaleidoscope,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, 2022, at Salem Church.

The Symphony Chorus, conducted by Dr. Phyllis Robertson, performs the highly original “A Little Jazz Mass” by Bob Chilcott. Accompanied by piano, bass and drums, this unique rendition embraces a variety of jazz styles throughout the mass. Chilcott is one of the most popular choral composers and conductors in Britain today.

He has worked with a host of noted jazz musicians and this influenced “A Little Jazz Mass”,  which was composed for the 2004 Crescent City Choral Festival, in New Orleans. The music embraces complex and varied jazz styles. Chilcott’s brings together two very diverse traditions – the Latin mass and the jazz idiom – in an expressive and new way.

The chorus will also perform Robert Shaw’s “Hark I Hear the Harps Eternal,” beautifully arranged by Alice Parker. Both the words and the music are moving and memorable. Each vocal section gets a chance to shine, and the audience enjoys a complex yet easily grasped harmonic interplay on a simple tune.

With a nod to Veterans Day, the singers will also present “Tribute to Armed Services” by Lloyd Larsen.  This medley includes “America the Beautiful” and the official songs of the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Navy, and Air Force.

Single tickets are available at the door, or in advance from Quincy County Market, HyVee, Sturhahn Jewelers, and the QSOA website. Single ticket prices are $18 for adults and $15 for seniors. Children 18 and under are admitted free to all concerts.

The concert is sponsored by Kohl Wholesale, First Bankers Trust, Quincy Medical Group, and STARadio/WTAD. All QSOA 75th Anniversary programs are made possible by Blessing Health System, the Knapheide Manufacturing Company, and grants from the Tracy Family Foundation, the Katherine Broemmel Endowment for the Arts through the Community Foundation, the Stillwell Foundation, and the Illinois Arts Council Agency, a state agency.

The Symphony Chorus includes singers from all walks of life in Quincy and the surrounding area. New singers are welcome to audition for the spring semester by calling the QSOA office. In-depth information is available at or by calling 217-222-2856.