St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s IN UNISON Chorus returns with expanded season

Posted on: December 10, 2021

“The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra’s IN UNISON Chorus … will take the stage alongside the SLSO and guest artist Oleta Adams for A Gospel Christmas” on December 9, writes Christine Jackson on Tuesday’s (12/7) St. Louis Magazine. The performance “will be the first for the chorus, which focuses primarily on the performance and preservation of the music of African-American and African cultures, since the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the 2020 SLSO season. ‘This concert is bittersweet for a lot of reasons, but mostly because … we didn’t have a Gospel Christmas concert last year,’ says IN UNISON Chorus Director Kevin McBeth…. The IN UNISON Program has been an essential piece of the St. Louis arts community since 1992, when it began as a partnership between the SLSO and five historically Black churches…. Traditionally, IN UNISON performs three concerts each season … This season, a new event has been added … On January 17, the IN UNISON Chorus will be joined by the SLSO and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus for a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Concert … In May, a new commission will put IN UNISON entirely in the spotlight. Nathalie Joachim’s Family was commissioned by the SLSO and will have its world premiere.”