In 1975, the joy of singing and friendship brought together a small group of men and women which has grown to become the Choral Arts Society of Cleveland, a non-profit community chorus of sixty to seventy dedicated and proficient singers. Recognized as one of the area’s premier musical forces, CASC is under the talented and enthusiastic directorship of Martin Kessler, who continues the heritage of visionary and skilled leadership that has nurtured, enriched, and challenged the chorus.
Members of CASC are drawn from throughout the Greater Cleveland area. They meet weekly at Grace Lutheran Church in Cleveland Heights. They come from all walks of life, diverse cultural backgrounds, a broad age range, and include talented voices with varying degrees of musical training.
The Choral Arts Society is committed to excellence and to performance of choral masterworks of all styles and periods. These have included folk songs, spirituals, short choral masterpieces by composers such as Aaron Copland, Brahms, Randall Thompson, Irving Fine, Howard Hanson, and John Rutter, and full-scale works such as Haydn’s Creation, the Brahms Requiem and other Masses, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, Ernest Bloch’s The Sacred Service, Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Dvorak’s Stabat Mater, Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Pirates of Penzance, Faure’s Requiem and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Choral Arts also sang the Ohio premier of Paul McCartney’s Liverpool Or ... view more »