The Kansas City Chorale has won accolades for its performances of Russian choral music. German is a piece of cake for the chorale. The group has even performed Chinese folk songs. Now the singers are about to take on what might be their biggest linguistic challenge yet: Gaelic, or Irish.
The Haifa Symphony Orchestra is a bright spot in a region of the world that usually is associated with strife and tension. Founded in 1950, the orchestra is the cultural center of northern Israel. The esteemed group will perform music by Carl Maria von Weber and Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky on Saturday in Helzberg Hall, a Harriman-Jewell Series event.
The Bach Aria Soloists usually perform music from the baroque era. The NewEar Contemporary Ensemble is known for ear-bending, 21st-century music. Put both groups together and you have what promises to be the best combination since H.B. Reese introduced peanut butter to chocolate. The two ensembles will join forces for music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Igor Stravinsky on Feb. 22 at Community Christian Church.
A countertenor is a singer with all of his man parts who, nevertheless, can sing with a very high voice approaching that of a castrato. One of the finest contemporary countertenors is Philippe Jaroussky. He will perform the music of George Frideric Handel and Nicola Porpora with the Venice Baroque Orchestra on Feb. 14 in Yardley Hall.