Wichita Symphony’s chorus to return to the stage with Schubert’s Mass in G

Posted on: March 8, 2022

“The 100-plus members of the Wichita Symphony Orchestra Chorus will return to the stage at the Century II concert hall for the first time in more than two years,” writes David Burke in Sunday’s (3/6) Wichita Eagle (KS). “ ‘There’s been a lot of excitement among the singers to be able to get back at it,’ [chorus director Ryan] Beeken, who began directing the group last fall, said of the COVID-caused intermission…. The chorus will be featured on Schubert’s Mass in G, as well as soprano Carter Tholl, tenor Scott Wichael and bass-baritone Alan Held…. The only noticeable change on stage is that the chorus will be wearing masks…. The symphony players are also masked, said conductor and musical director Daniel Hege. String players and percussionists are masked throughout, and woodwinds and brass remove their masks to play, then cover up when they’re on rest…. The symphony concert will include Beethoven’s Fourth Symphony, which was originally scheduled for … December 2020…. Hege said, … ‘Beethoven’s Third Symphony and Fifth Symphony are just these blocks of granite coming at you. The Fourth Symphony is much sunnier.’ ” Also on the program are Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture and the Gospel song “Unclouded Day.”