Nash Originals Event BannerOn Saturday, December 5 at 4:00 PM at First Unitarian Universalist Church, Portara will present its winter concert,On a Starry Night.  This concert will feature choral music by composers including Daniel Elder, Frank Ticheli, and Abbie Betinis.  Portara will perform an encore performance of this concert on Sunday, December 6 at 4:00 PM atBelle Meade United Methodist Church.

On February 10, 2016, Portara will join ALIAS Chamber Ensemble on the ALIAS February concert to perform selections from their joint commission, Paul Moravec’s Amorisms.  This concert coincides with the Delos release of Portara and ALIAS Ensembles’ recording of Moravec’s Amorisms, Sacred Love Songs, and Tempest Fantasy.

On May 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the W.O. Smith Music School, Portara will delve deeply into its roots as a collaborative Nashville ensemble, presenting Nashville Originals.  Featuring pieces from Music Row professionals, church music directors, university faculty, at least one pop superstar, and even a talented high school student, this concert shows that Music City truly is a home for the creative arts unlike any other. Newly-appointed Portara Artistic Director Jason Shelton says, “We are thrilled to showcase the craft of Nashville’s choral composers, many of whom are household names in the broader choral world but remain relatively unknown in their hometown. We hope this concert serves notice that Music City is Choral Music City, too.”

Portara Spring Concert: Nashville Originals


We Have Been Given – Jason Shelton

Song of Encouragement – Gary Powell
Seven Seraphim – Muriel Anderson
Fresh and Fearless – Daniel Elder

O Golden Day! O Silver Night! – Reagan Casteel
From Oversea – Cassandra Langjahr
Measure Me, Sky – David Bridges

Suicide’s Note – Matt Kinney
I’ve Been in the Storm So Long – Jeffrey Ames
Every Tear Wiped Away – Don Hart

I’ve Known Rivers – Carl Marsh
And They That Be Wise – Patrick Dunnevant
Sanctus – Timbre Cierpke

Magic – Ben Folds

Portara Winter Concert Series: On a Starry Night…


In Dulci Jubilo, Robert Lucas Pearsall

Star Sonnet, Daniel Elder

Star in the East, William Walker

Sure On This Shining Night, Z. Randall Stroope

Stars, Songs, Faces, Nick Page

Constellation, Frank Ticheli

O Brilliante Estrella, Mark Sirett

Cedit Hyems, Abbie Betinis

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Daniel Elder

When You Wish Upon a Star, Leigh Harline

Choose Something Like a Star, Randall Thompson

We Three Kings, Dave Brubeck

There Will Be Rest, Frank Ticheli