Bel Canto Chorus Outlines Upcoming Season & Opens with Mozart’s Great Mass

MILWAUKEE, WI (September 26, 2018)—Bel Canto Chorus opens its 88th season with Great Mass in C Minor on Sunday, October 14 at the West Performing Arts Center in New Berlin. The concert will feature the operatic elegance of Mozart’s Great Mass in C Minor along with the contemporary musings of Jake Runestad and Peteris Vasks.


All Wisconsin natives, Alisa Jordheim (soprano), Clara Osowski (mezzo-soprano), Cameron Smith (tenor), and Aidan Smerud (bass) will appear as soloists in the concert. Soprano Alisa Jordheim was the winner of Bel Canto Chorus’26th Annual Regional Artists Competition in 2015. Likewise, the Appleton native was recently included in the “40 Under 40: A New Generation of Superb Opera Singers” by Operavore, WQXR’s New York City radio station devoted to opera.


Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski of Minneapolis was named Bel Canto Chorus’ 2014 Regional Artists Competition winner. Most recently, Clara was the recipient of the prestigious 2018–2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music. Milwaukee tenor Cameron Smith, a longtime member of Bel Canto’s professional core and an upcoming soloist and recitalist, has distinguished himself in national competitions. Originally from La Crosse, bass-baritone Aidan Smerud competed in the Upper Midwest MONC (Metropolitan Opera National Council) Regionals in March 2018.


Continuing the 2018–19 season, Bel Canto Chorus brings its vocal power and beauty to the holiday season with its annual Christmas in the Basilica concert. The well-loved holiday concert returns for its 10th anniversary with traditional carols and beloved Christmas songs. Three performances of the concert will take place December 14–16 in the beautiful Basilica of St. Josaphat.


A performance of Richard Danielpour’s gripping choral-orchestral work An American Requiem kicks off the second half of the season. The work, inspired and dedicated to the American soldier, features contemporary poetry, jazz, and gospel alongside the traditional Latin Requiem texts. Music Director Richard Hynson first heard the piece in 2003. Touched by the poignancy and dramatic music, he knew he wanted to perform it with Bel Canto Chorus. Hynson feels that after 15 years, he has found the right time to perform this inspirational work.


Bel Canto Chorus will close out the season by performing one of the most popular works in the Romantic repertoire. Sergei Rachmaninoff‘s monumental work All-Night Vigil will be followed by the exquisite In Paradisum by contemporary Latvian composer Eriks Esenvalds.


Season and Individual Tickets:

Bel Canto Chorus 2018–19 season and individual tickets are on sale now. Purchase season tickets and save up to 15% versus single ticket prices through October 12, 2018. Individual tickets are on sale now for $29.50 and $35; student and senior discounts are available starting at $19. Purchase online at or by phone at 414-481-8801.




Founded in 1931, Bel Canto Chorus is Southeastern Wisconsin’s oldest continually performing arts organization.  The organization is committed to connecting singers, audiences, and the community through experiences with diverse choral music.  The group includes an auditioned adult performance chorus of approximately 100 singers and a Senior Singers program for those 55 or better who want to sing in an organized performance chorus.  Characterized by a heartfelt belief in the value of Bel Canto Chorus’s mission and vision, and supported by devoted singers and audiences, talented artistic and administrative staff, and dedicated Board members, the group’s passion for sharing the thrill of live choral music has remained steadfast throughout its long, proud history. For more info, visit

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