In Perfect Harmony

WORDS Fort Smith Chorale and Catherine Frederick
IMAGES courtesy Fort Smith Chorale

Nov 1, 2022 | Featured, People

In Perfect Harmony

The Fort Smith Chorale


On November 22, 1981, thirty-five angelic voices sang out during the first performance of the Fort Smith Chorale at First Baptist Church in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Since that day, the Chorale has grown to over seventy members and has presented more than seventy-two concerts, including performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall and the American Choral Directors Association Convention. In addition to traditional Christmas and spring concerts, the Chorale has performed on several occasions with the Fort Smith Symphony and in other communities throughout Arkansas.

Over the years, major works by Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Handel, Britten, Mendelssohn, and Brahms have been presented and the Chorale has produced ten concert recordings. Under Music Director William M. Cromer’s leadership, accompanist Gaye Mings, and the commitment of area volunteer singers, the Fort Smith Chorale is proud to be entering its 33rd season.

This year’s Christmas concert Welcome Christmas is scheduled for December 1, 7:30pm, at First United Methodist Church in Fort Smith. Selections include “Joy to the World,” “O Holy Night,“White Christmas,“First Noel,”“Carol of the Bells,” “What Sweeter Music,” and a delightful performance of “Ding! Dong! Merrily on High.” Two songs new to the Chorale will also be performed, the spirited “Brightest and Best and the enchanting “See Amid the Winter’s Snow.”

Their spring concert Earth and Sky is scheduled for April 20, 2023 and features two new compositions for the Chorale. “Across the Vast Eternal Sky,” is mysterious and flows much like the soundtrack of a romantic movie. “I Thank You God for This Most Amazing Day,” is a selection that passes from ethereal, to dramatic, to peaceful in mood and character. “Saints Bound for Heaven,” “The Heavens are Telling,” and “Ride On King Jesus,” will provide variety and energy to the evening. The Chorale also looks forward to sharing the dramatic “The Awakening and the well-beloved “Alleluia.”

Welcome Christmas performance December 1, 7:30pm
Earth and Sky spring concert April 20, 2023
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