The Plano Civic Chorus, Inc., chartered in 1972, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the choral arts in North Texas. The chorus is a member of Chorus America, and actively supports its goals of nationally promoting choral music.
With the 2011-12 season, the chorus celebrates 39 years of great choral performances in the north Texas area. The chorus sings a broad repertoire that offers something for every taste. In recent seasons the chorus has performed several important choral masterworks including Brahms' Requiem, Mendelssohn's Elijah and Lobgesang, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis and the Ninth Symphony, Verdi'sRequiem, Orff's Carmina Burana, Vivaldi's Gloria, Bach's Magnificat, Handel's Messiah, Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna, Bloch's Sacred Service, Mozart's Requiem, Cherubini's Requiem and Faure's Requiem. Other concerts have included performances of favorite Broadway songs, great American classics, folksongs from the British Isles, music by Texas composers, and well-known opera choruses.
The chorus has participated in several prestigious events in its 39-year history. Among them was a March 1998 appearance at New York's Carnegie Hall as part of the North Texas Festival Chorus in a special performance of Mozart's Requiem and a concert for the Texas Choral Directors' Association convention in San Antonio. In June 2006, the chorus was the featured chorus in the Hot Springs Music Festival's 10th anniversary gala in Hot Springs, Arkansas performing Beethoven's Ninth Symphony and Stravinsky's Symphony of Psalms. The chorus performs frequently for community events such as the annual tree lighting celebration for the City of Plano, the Galleria Christmas Extravaganza, and the Shops at Legacy Christmas Gala. The chorus has also performed for such civic events as the Collin County Peace Officer's Memorial Service and for INS Citizenship ceremonies
In June 2002 the chorus joined with the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church in Richardson for a concert tour of the British Isles that involved performances in Coventry, Canterbury, Edinburgh, and Dublin, and was the featured international chorus for the Criccieth Choral Festival in Wales. In June 2005 the two groups joined forces for a second European tour that included performances in the Czech Republic, Austria and with the International Church Music Festival in Bern, Switzerland under the direction of the legendary Sir David Willcocks. In 2008 the chorus partnered with the Chancel Choir of St. Andrew United Methodist Church in Plano and the Sanctuary Choir of First Presbyterian Church to perform concerts in Notre Dame Cathedral and La Madeleine in Paris and in St. Mark's Basilica in Venice. In June 2011 the chorus traveled to Germany and Italy performing concerts in Berlin, Wittenberg, Munich, and Florence.
In 2003 the chorus named Simon Sargon as its first Composer in Residence. Mr. Sargon is a Professor of Composition at Southern Methodist University and a highly respected and much-published composer. Throughout his long association with the group, the chorus has premiered several of his works: his poignant choral trilogy, The Wisdom of Solomon, his dramatic setting of Psalm Eight, an arrangement of three Christmas spirituals entitled Christmas in Black, and most recently, Bonie Wee Thing , a collection of four songs based on the poems of Robert Burns.