Choral Music

Wilmington Choral Society: "Sing Me to Heaven"

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( Sun., May. 20, 2018 )

Performed by Shannon Kessler Dooley, soprano

Wilson Center, Cape Fear Community College, 701 N. Third St., Wilmington, NC 28401


The Wilmington Choral Society concludes its 67th Season with a spring matinee entitled “Sing Me to Heaven.” The program features John Rutter’s Requiem, a musical setting of parts of the Latin Requiem with added psalms and biblical verses in English.  Since its completion and premiere in 1985, Rutter’s Requiem has become a modern classic.  The work is scored for soprano soloist, mixed choir and chamber orchestra.  

Featured soprano soloist for this performance will be Shannon Kessler Dooley. Known for her lyricism and expressiveness, Dooley is quickly gaining a reputation for herself in the operatic world as a soprano to watch.  Career highlights have included lead and cover roles in productions of Opera Theatre of Connecticut, the Metropolitan Opera, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, and Spoleto, USA.  In addition to her schedule of recitals in the U.S. and abroad, her concert credits include performances with the Pittsburgh Symphony, Utah Symphony, Erie Philharmonic and Asheville Symphony.

The Chorus also will perform a choral masterpiece by Gabriel Fauré, his Cantique de Jean Racine (Chant by Jean Racine).  The text is a French paraphrase by Racine of a Latin hymn that Fauré set to music for an 1865 composition competition in Paris.  Although he was just 19 years old at the time, Fauré’s composition won him first prize.

The program draws its title from a best-selling choral anthem Sing Me to Heaven by American composer Daniel Gawthrop, first published in 1991.  Gawthrop has been the recipient of more than one hundred commissions to write original music, and his choral pieces have been performed and recorded by hundreds of ensembles in the U.S. and abroad, now including the Wilmington Choral Society.

The Chorus is directed by Paula Brinkman and accompanied by Byron Marshall. The May 20th program will also feature the 2018 winner of the Choral Society’s annual music scholarship to a local high school senior, and the Chorus will be collecting donations that day for Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard food bank.


Reserved seat tickets are $16 and $20. There are three ways to get tickets:  1) In-person from the Wilson Center, 703 N. 3rd Street; 2) by phone from the Cape Fear Stage Box Office at the Wilson Center (910) 362-7999; or 3) online at

 Parking is available at the adjacent CFCC Parking Deck for $5 per car, or in City of Wilmington parking decks for $1 per hour.  On-street parking is free on Sundays. 



$20 - $16

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(910) 362-7999


  • Sunday, May 20, 2018 at 4:00 PM