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A Majestic Setting for Wonderful Young Voices

— A Message From our Director on Performing at the Cathedral of The Madeleine

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On Dec. 2nd and 4th the Salt Lake Children’s Choir will continue its long tradition of performing in the Cathedral of the Madeleine.  It has been suggested that I convey a few thoughts of what this experience is like for me.  Inasmuch as I have been doing this for so long, one might think it may have become simply routine by now.  However, the reality is quite the opposite.

When I first made my proposal in 1984 to then Associate Rector, the Reverend Father, M. Francis Mannion, about a joint concert with my father’s Ralph Woodward Chorale, The Salt Lake Symphony and The Salt Lake Children’s Choir in the Cathedral of the Madeleine it did feel a little audacious. It was indeed a venture ‘into the unknown,’  However, following Father (now Monsignor [retired]) Mannion’s gracious approval and a very successful initial performance, each successive appearance of our choir in this lofty, inspiring space has had its own excitement, electricity and newness.  In fact, every time I and our eager young singers gather in the Cathedral, I am awestruck by the entire setting and the possibilities that await us and our audience.

Indeed, the combination of this majestic setting, with great music and wonderful young voices is something that never grows old for me–or seemingly, for our singers, past and present, or the audiences that return year after year.  As I interact with these young musicians during their singing, witnessing their accomplishment and somehow relating to what they are experiencing, I am inspired and often find myself asking, “How is it that I even get to be here doing this?” It seems the whole experience is a great gift all the way around–one which extends in many directions.  And most certainly, it is largely made possible through the decades-long kindness and support of officials and clergy at the Cathedral of the Madeleine who have so generously allowed us to be their guests.  My sincere appreciation and thanks go to all, young and old, who have allowed me, and so many others, to experience this wonderful tradition for so long.

Wishing all a wonderful Holiday Season,

Ralph B. Woodward, Founder-Director

Salt Lake Children’s Choir

Christmas Concerts 2016

Mark your calendars!

December 2 & 4, 2016:  The choir continues its three decade-long tradition of Christmas concerts in Salt Lake City’s beautiful Cathedral of the Madeleine on Friday and Sunday, Dec. 2 and 4.  The concerts will begin at 8 PM with the choir singing from the loft, and following a processional to the front, will feature music ranging from Palestrina and Bach, to carols old and new from around the world, to music written especially for the choir.  Among familiar carols to be performed are “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “Angels o’er the Fields,” Il e ne le divin Enfant,” and “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” Also heard will be “The Newborn King,” a soulful spiritual,  the exciting “Torches” by British composer, Elaine Hugh-Jones and  “Do You Know What They Sang? by the choir’s director, Ralph B. Woodward.  Following the performance of the sublime “Sleep of the Child Jesus”: by Henri Büesser, the program will conclude with combined choirs and audience joining in several carol favorites. Accompaniment for the concerts will be provided by harpist Lysa Rytting and organist Ken Udy. The public is invited at no charge but admission is limited to those over 6 years of age.

December 5-9, 2016:  Portions from last year’s Cathedral concerts will be aired Monday through Friday, Dec.5-9 at 10 AM and 4:06 PM on KBYU-FM (Classical 89).

December 18, 2016:  The choir’s two ensembles will perform in several less formal settings (including care centers) during the Christmas season and then its final joint  performance will be a Community Christmas Concert (all ages welcome at no charge) Sunday, December 18 at 7:00 PM in the Federal Heights LDS Chapel.–located at Fairfax Road and Virginia Street (across from Shriners Hospital).

Auditions:  The choir is scheduling new-member auditions and invites any interested individuals to take advantage of the above opportunities to hear the choir.