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Arts Playlist: Delaware Choral Society’s “Night at the Opera" concert

 The Delaware Choral Society performing.
The Delaware Choral Society
The Delaware Choral Society performing.

The Delaware Choral Society was founded in 1957 with the goal of working together to perform George Frideric Handel’s ‘Messiah.’

These days, their mission is to get as many people interested in choral music as possible. You’ll have a chance to see the Society this week at their “Night at the Opera" concert at The Schwartz Center for the Arts in Dover.

In this edition of Arts Playlist, Delaware Public Media’s Kyle McKinnon spoke with Rocky Tejada – the Artistic Director for the Delaware Choral Society – about the upcoming concert.

Delaware Public Media’s Kyle McKinnon talks with Rocky Tejada about the Delaware Choral Society's upcoming concert

The Delaware Chorale Society’s latest concert – this weekend at the Schwartz Center for the Arts – A Night at the Opera.

The group was founded in 1957, and its Artistic Director Rocky Tejada says the group has withstood the test of time.

And the group, open to high school students and older, still performs Handel’s ‘Messiah,’ every 5 years to celebrate its origins.

“Last December we finished our concert, the 65th anniversary, and we did Handel’s Messiah, which is actually what they actually started off as," Tejada says. "Just a bunch of church choirs getting together to sing Handel’s Messiah, and so it became a tradition, they do it every five years.”

Tejada says choral music is defined as music designed for vocal performers, encompassing a vast variety of secular and sacred music that goes back centuries.

“The voice is the first instrument, it’s the first music instrument," he says. "And we’ve been using our voices as such since the beginning of time.”

Tejada says they were really enthusiastic to come back after the pandemic.

“The chorale society bounced back really well, almost as if nothing had happened, because of the passion that the board of directors has and they worked really hard to ensure that there would be a director in place and that singers are made aware of what’s happening," Tejada says.

The group’s ‘A Night at the Opera’ concert Sunday at Dover’s Schwartz Center for the Arts starts at 4 p.m. Tejada says it features opera choruses, designed to give the audience a show of songs they’ve heard before, but put into context.

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Kyle McKinnon is a producer for The Green with a passion for storytelling and connecting with people.
Rachel Sawicki was born and raised in Camden, Delaware and attended the Caesar Rodney School District. They graduated from the University of Delaware in 2021 with a double degree in Communications and English and as a leader in the Student Television Network, WVUD and The Review.