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Welcome to the 2014-2015 Season

This season opens later than usual.  We will join the West Michigan Symphony, Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids, and the Holland Chorale for a performance of Carl Orff's  Carmina Burana on Friday, November 21 at 7:30 P.M. in Muskegon's historic Frauenthal Theater, home of the Symphony.  Music Director Scott Speck will conduct.

 

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This Past Year

Has been a long one.  It started in August of 2013 and ended May 10 of 2014.  We had a delightful time in the White Lake area doing clinics for singers and performing great sacred choruses with about fifty singers from all over the West Michigan area.  It was truly a treat to do the concert in the Montague Public Schools Performing Arts Center.  What a treasure that venue is.  Congratulations to the Montague Board of Education for conceiving  it and the community for supporting it.  Our annual Wreath of Carols found the Embellish Handbell Choir of Grand Rapids joining us.  What a treat they provided to the capacity crowd.  Stephen Foster comprised the whole of the March program.  We thought most of the pieces were Foster's standards and were surprised when some of the younger audience said that they had never heard two or three of them.  This made it worth doing.  The recently completed Choral Grab Bag was flat out fun for us.  We revisited music that had lain dormant in the library for a long time.  In truth, this concert was as much for us as it was the hearers.  Thanks to all of you for your support in 2013-2014.  We will see you at the Frauenthal on November 21.

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Coming Up

2014-2015 will be the Chamber Choir's fiftieth season.  It has been a long journey, and like any journey, has had some rough patches.  But over the years it has remained a work of affection and good cheer for all concerned.  After the performance with the Symphony in November, the choir will launch into an exploration of music written after its founding, 1964.

The concert will be April 25, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. at First Congregational Church of Muskegon.  Composers represented on the program will include Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen, Egil Hovland, Eric Whitacre, Arvo Pärt, and Lloyd Pfautsch among others.  This is a stretch for the choir, which has centered its performances mainly in repertoire of the 18th and 19th Centuries, but it is new, interesting, and audience-friendly music.  American Musical Theater will occupy a part of the program also.  We were surprised to find out how many great musicals have been written since 1964.  It's a treasure trove.  A reception will follow the concert.

We are doing our best to contact all former members of the Chamber Choir so we can invite them to sing the final number on the program with us.  If you are a former member, or know one, please have them contact us so that we may be sure that we have addresses for as many of our alumni as possible.



 
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