Bel Canto Chorus Announces First Concert of 2015-16 Season

Bel Canto Chorus to Commemorate Sesquicentennial of Civil War Conclusion with Patriotic Songs of the Era
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MILWAUKEE - Sept. 14, 2015 - PRLog -- (Milwaukee, WI)  “Though America’s Civil War ended 150 years ago, its issues and its symbols are still a dramatic and sobering part of today’s headlines,” says Music Director Richard Hynson.  “Much of the story – the longing, the bravado, and the horrific loss – was told through the torrent of music written immediately before, during, and after the conflict.  We will commemorate this gripping tale of a country divided in words and music in our program Every Family Touched: Wisconsin’s Civil War Legacy.” Interspersed with letters of Wisconsinites from the period and the bluegrass talents of local band Above the Town, Bel Canto will perform music from this stirring period on Sunday, October 11 at 3:30 PM at the Sharon Lynne Wilson Center.  Tickets ($37 - $29) are available online at or by phone at 414-481-8801.

WHAT:          Every Family Touched: Wisconsin’s Civil War Legacy
WHO:          Bel Canto Chorus with Above The Town
WHEN:          October 11, 2015 at 3:30 PM
WHERE:        Sharon Lynne Wilson Center, 19805 West Capitol Drive, Brookfield, WI 53045
TICKETS:       Tickets ($37 - $29) are available online at or by phone at 414-481-8801.


About Richard Hynson (Music Director of Bel Canto Chorus)

This season marks Richard Hynson’s 28th year as Music Director of the Bel Canto Chorus. In addition, Hynson served as Music Director of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra from 2006-2015.  In demand as a guest conductor, Hynson’s past engagements include performances with the Milwaukee Symphony, the Skylight Music Theatre, and the Racine, Sheboygan, and Waukesha Symphony Orchestras. Hynson has conducted at Carnegie Hall in New York City, where he led a large national festival chorus and orchestra in Ralph Vaughan Williams’s Dona Nobis Pacem. He has guest-conducted the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in one of the Concerts on the Square in Madison. He also served as the Music Director for Gathering on the Green, the popular outdoor music festival in Mequon, WI. In 2012, Hynson was awarded the American Prize in Choral Conducting – community choral division. This national prize provides evaluation, recognition, and reward to America’s finest performing artists, ensembles, and composers. In making the award, the American Prize committee wrote: “During his 24 years as Music Director, Dr. Richard Hynson has transformed Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee from a venerable community chorus to a vibrant, successful arts organization respected for its artistic excellence, innovative programming, and impactful outreach…”

Hynson and members of Bel Canto Chorus have performed internationally at the acclaimed Spoleto Music Festival in Italy, the Festivals of Troyes and Rheims in France, the Llangollen Festival in Wales, and the Elora and Huntsville Festivals in Canada. In addition to its annual concert season, the chorus is often called upon to participate in performances by national touring companies.  In 2015, Bel Canto will participate in the Milwaukee performance of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddess.  The chorus has performed with orchestras in Argentina, Uruguay, and France.  In June 2015, Bel Canto toured Ireland, performing three concerts with four Irish choruses and Degani, one of Ireland’s finest chamber ensembles.

About Bel Canto Chorus

Founded in 1931, Bel Canto Chorus enriches the lives of its audiences and members through the presentation of fine choral music.  The group has been led for more than 27 years by Richard Hynson, considered one of the nation's finest choral and orchestral conductors (American Prize Winner 2012). Bel Canto Chorus ranks in the top ten percent of choral organizations in the country in terms of budget, longevity, and repertoire. Educational outreach includes Bel Canto Senior Singers and Bel Canto Boy Choir. Characterized by a heartfelt belief in the value of Bel Canto Chorus, and supported by its 100+ devoted singers, 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.

About Above the Town

Comprised of Jerry Loughney (fiddle, vocals, manager), Bill Brenkle (guitar, mandolin, vocals), and Jon Peik (banjo, bass, vocals), Above the Town is an acoustic trio that performs Bluegrass, Celtic, Jazz, Swing, and original material for a wide array of audiences. More information at

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