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July 30, 2013

Familiar face returns as Brenham Chorale director

Chorale will host three performances in 2013-14 season

Dr. Joel PlaagBrenham Chorale’s new director has a familiar face.

Dr. Joel Plaag is returning to Blinn College as director of choral studies, voice and community chorus, and resumes direction of the Chorale after spending the past 10 years as choral director at Lyon College in Batesville, Ark.

The Brenham Chorale is hosted by Blinn’s Division of Fine Arts but is not limited to students. The Chorale has brought choral music to Brenham since 1974 and previously performed “Mozart’s Requiem” under Plaag’s direction at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

This year, the Chorale will be accompanied by members of the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra as it performs the “Lord Nelson’s Mass in D Minor” by Joseph Haydn at 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Dr. W.W. O’Donnell Performing Arts Center on the College’s Brenham campus (map).

The Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra will also accompany the Chorale when it performs the Christmas portion of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah” at 7 p.m. Dec. 9 at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church of Brenham. On April 28, 2014, the Chorale will be accompanied by organist Linda Patterson for a 7 p.m. performance of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s “Coronation Mass” at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

The chorale is open to residents from across the Brazos Valley and membership is free from fees or dues. Rehearsals are held from 6:30-9 p.m. Mondays on the Brenham campus’ Schmidt Building, and an informational meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 19. Each November, the chorale conducts a Christmas concert, and in the spring the chorale performs an eclectic selection of choral music. The chorale does not hold auditions, and no previous singing or music reading experience is necessary.

For more information, contact Plaag at 979-830-4239.