Evōk: Eclectic Voices of Kingwood
In the fall of 2012, a new and unique chamber choir was formed in the northeast area of Houston, Texas. In residence at Lone Star College-Kingwood, the choir was intentionally designed by its founder, Dr. Todd R. Miller, to be eclectic in nature, both in terms of choristers and repertoire.
Evōk is made up of 14 singers from the Lake Houston area. By design, a small portion of the ensemble’s singers are music professionals excelling in their chosen area; the rest of the singers are exemplary voice students attending Lone Star College-Kingwood, a two-year college. This diverse mix of voices creates the unique sound of Evōk. Together, they sing an array of challenging vocal music, including Renaissance madrigals, sacred classics, secular art songs, and entertaining arrangements of popular music from different eras. A majority of the music is sung a cappella, making Evōk a versatile ensemble for many events and venues, from the concert hall to churches and house concerts. In addition to its seasonal community concert performances, Evōk was recently the invited back-up chorus for Josh Groban’s sold-out concert at the Hobby Center in Houston.
Evōk has toured widely in the US, including trips to South Carolina, Louisiana and Mississippi, as well as Texas. They look forward to their upcoming tour of Arizona in June, 2018, where they will perform in Scottsdale, Sedona, Prescott and Glendale.
Arizona Tour Themes and Repertoire:
In August of 2017 Hurricane Harvey destroyed or damaged a large swath of Houston, including the greater Kingwood area, where over 5000 homes were flooded. Lone Star College-Kingwood encountered over 30 million dollars in damage, and six of its nine buildings were flooded or damaged.
In light of this devastating event Dr. Miller has chosen repertoire built largely around the theme of water. Water is powerful and necessary for life; it is also a destructive force. Water is also a symbol of life and love, and the collective love demonstrated by the community through this tragedy has brought hope to an entire city even as it still struggles to recover.
Music for this tour includes modern choral arrangements of Simon and Garfunkel’s Bridge over Troubled Water, Dolly Parton’s Light of a Clear Blue Morning, Carly Simon’s Let the River Run, and the classic Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Also included are new settings of various sacred texts, including O Vos Omnes and 1 Cor. 13 (Love Bears All Things). Sacred and secular pieces are woven into smaller sets to create a narrative arc. A sample of composers/arrangers whose music will be performed on the tour include: Kim André Arnesen, Ēriks Eŝenwalds, Ola Gjeilo, Blake Henson, Craig Hella Johnson, Claudio Monteverdi, Stephen Paulus, and Joan Szymko.