The CHORAL ARTS SOCIETY OF CLEVELAND is a choral group of more than 80 singers from the Greater Cleveland area. It was formed in 1975 by alumni and parents of the Cleveland Hts. High School A Cappella Choir. A. Edward Battaglia II, a former director of the Hts. High choir, has been the society's founding director for its entire history. Originally known as the Choral Arts Performing Society of Cleveland Hts., the group dropped its affiliation with the high school within 5 years and opened its membership to all interested singers. It is a nonprofit corporation whose members serve on committees and share in organizational and fundraising activities. Included in its performance repertoire have been such choral standards as the Mozart and Faure requiems, Haydn's The Creation, Brahms' German Requiem, and Karl Orff's Carmina Burana. It generally performs to orchestral accompaniment, including on occasion that of the CLEVELAND WOMEN'S ORCHESTRA. In 1993 the society presented the Ohio premiere of Paul McCartney's Liverpool Oratorio at the PALACE THEATER.

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