ROOT — The Choral Arts Society of Southeastern Wisconsin (CAS) will honor composer Glenn Burleigh (1949-2007) at a “Better Together” concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave.
The choir will perform excerpts from Burleigh’s gospel-inspired works such as “Alpha Mass”, “Lamentation” “Celebration” and “Nguzo Saba Suite” as well as “Order My Steps” and “Faithful over a Few Things”, accompanied by piano , organ , bass and drums.
Burleigh and CAS had a very special relationship. It started in 1990 when Burleigh came to Wisconsin for the first performance of “Alpha Mass” with full orchestration. He and CAS artistic director James Schatzman became good friends. Burleigh helped conduct CAS rehearsals of his music and formed many relationships with Wisconsin. The highly regarded composer’s upbringing in the black gospel church combined with his classical training laid the foundation for his distinctive musical voice.
Advance tickets are $15 or $12 for seniors. Tickets are $2 more at the door. Student tickets are $5. Advance tickets are available at Personal Touch Florists and online at choralartsonline.org.