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SALT LAKE CHILDREN’S CHOIR ENCHANTS WITH DELIGHTFUL CHRISTMAS CONCERT

Posted on December 3, 2012 by Edward Reichel

Without the Salt Lake Children’s Choir’s annual Christmas concerts the holidays just wouldn’t be the same. And apparently that feeling is wide spread, as it was standing room only in the Cathedral of the Madeleine for Sunday’s performance.

The children mesmerized their audience with a program spanning several centuries…. Read More.

ANGELIC VOICES OF SALT LAKE CHILDREN’S CHOIR TO PERFORM AT THE CATHEDRAL OF THE MADELEINE

Posted on November 29, 2012 by Edward Reichel

When Ralph Woodward decided to start a children’s choir it was because of his desire to teach youngsters proper vocal technique. That was in 1979. Thirty-three years later he is still doing what he believes in. And hundreds upon hundreds of children have benefited from his direction and mentoring. So has the community. Each year Woodward’s Salt Lake Children’s Choir presents two concerts, of which the Christmas concert is a special treat and a highlight of the season…. Read original

Helena Symphony’s Mahler performance: An ambitious event, masterfully done, Helena Independent Record, Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Our community of lovers of the arts, particularly those who support the Helena Symphony, did themselves proud last weekend, and made us proud of our “best small arts town” reputation in the process. Read original…

Undaunted hospitality: Symphony gets a little help from friends to pull off monumental Mahler, Marga Lincoln, Helena Independent Record, Friday, May 11, 2012
Big Sky hospitality is being put to the test this week — with more than 430 musicians and singers performing Mahler’s Symphony of a Thousand Saturday night at the Helena Civic Center. Read original…

Salt Lake Children’s Choir Concert An Absolute Delight, Reichel Recommends, Saturday, May 5, 2012
Nothing quite compares to the simple beauty of children singing. There is an innocence and sweetness to their voices that makes the music they sing magical. Ralph Woodward knows this and for the past three decades he’s nurtured young singers, developing their potential and introducing them to some of the great works in the vocal/choral repertoire. Read original…

Salt Lake Children’s Choir to hold Christmas concert, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, November 27, 2010
For Ralph Woodward, founder and director of the Salt Lake Children’s Choir, Christmas concerts are something special and something to be anticipated. “They can be an opportunity for a multitude of musical expressions and experiences,” he said in an interview with the Deseret News. “Concerts can expand the experience of the season.” That’s how Woodward perceives his annual holiday concerts, which take place this coming weekend. “I see our concerts as an answer to the predictability and commercialization of Christmas.” Read original…

Salt Lake Children’s Choir marks 30th year, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, May 9, 2010
When the Salt Lake Children’s Choir walks on to the stage in Abravanel Hall for its spring program next weekend, it will be more than just a concert. It will also mark the choir’s 30th anniversary. Read original…

Salt Lake Children’s Choir delivers season’s greetings, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, December 6, 2009
For 30 years, the Salt Lake Children’s Choir has been a part of the local music scene. And during these past three decades, the holiday season wouldn’t be quite the same without the choir’s annual Christmas concerts in the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Read original…

Salt Lake Children’s Choir to sing this weekend, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, May 3, 2009
Fostering a love of singing among children is something that Ralph Woodward knows how to do. As the founder and director of the Salt Lake Children’s Choir, he’s been working with kids and encouraging their musical talents for nearly 30 years. And he doesn’t seem to grow tired of it. If anything, it inspires him to keep going. Read original…

Children’s Choir truly sweet, angelic, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Whenever reviewing a children’s choir concert, it’s usual to say it sounds sweet and angelic. Listening to the Salt Lake Children’s Choir sing, one quickly realizes that it coined the phrase. Read original…

Children’s choir director revels in yule, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, November 30, 2008
Of the two major concerts the Salt Lake Children’s Choir performs each season, the Christmas concert is director Ralph Woodward’s favorite by far. “This concert for me personally is very satisfying, because there are so many facets of what Christmas is,” he told the Deseret News. “And I like to show that by bringing a convergence of ages and cultures together at these concerts. I find that to be a very inspiring experience.” Read original…

Children’s choir travels the world in song, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, May 4, 2008
Ralph Woodward is excited about the upcoming concerts with his Salt Lake Children’s Choir. “I feel it’s going to be a special event,” he said in a phone interview with the Deseret News. The choir will give two concerts this coming weekend in the First Presbyterian Church, and true to tradition, the choir’s program will be wide-reaching and varied. Read original…

Holiday CDs have a special touch, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, December 16, 2007
With so many Christmas albums on the market and more being released each year, they have to be special to make them stand out. And Ryland Angel’s “The New Voice of Christmas” offers listeners that something special. Read original…

Bestor captures season’s joy, Carma Wadley, Deseret News, Friday, December 7, 2007
Kurt Bestor’s 19th annual Christmas concert begins with the sound of angels — the Salt Lake Children’s Choir, under the direction of Ralph Woodward, singing ethereal glorias.Read original…

Choir to perform European music, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, November 25, 2007
Popular Christmas music has its place but not necessarily with the Salt Lake Children’s Choir. So when the children present their annual holiday concerts, Ralph B. Woodward focuses on the season’s rich European musical tradition. “I resonate most with this music,” Woodward said. “It can carry you to the heights and take you away from the mundane.” Read original…

Children’s Choir poised to perform, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, April 29, 2007
The annual spring concert by the Salt Lake Children’s Choir has traditionally been a musical trip that visits many countries and traverses a spacious range of styles and periods. That’s partly because founder and director Ralph Woodward enjoys presenting programs of the widest possible scope. Read original…

Director still delights in choir, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, November 26, 2006
After more than a quarter-century of directing the Salt Lake Children’s Choir, Ralph B. Woodward is as enthusiastic today as he was when he presented the choir at its first public concert in December 1979. Those kids are now grown with their own children, many of whom are in the choir now. And that first Christmas concert has spawned a holiday tradition that people look forward to each year — and not just by those who have their sons or daughters singing in the choir. Read original…

Salt Lake Children’s Choir enriches young lives, Tammy Walquist, Deseret News, Friday, May 5, 2006
It was seeing a need that first motivated Ralph Woodward to start the Salt Lake Children’s Choir 26 years ago. Read original…

‘Great’ concert looms for choir, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, April 30, 2006
With its annual spring and holiday concerts, the Salt Lake Children’s Choir has been an important as well as stable force on the local music scene for the past quarter century.Read original…

Children’s Choir mixes older and newer works, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, November 27, 2005
Of all the holiday music traditions in Utah, one of the oldest is the annual pair of concerts by the Salt Lake Children’s Choir. Read original…

Governor honors Salt Lake Children’s Choir, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Monday, May 9, 2005
The Salt Lake Children’s Choir, celebrating its 25th anniversary season, was honored recently by the state of Utah when Gov. Jon M. Huntsman Jr. signed a declaration proclaiming the week of May 7-14 as Salt Lake Children’s Choir Week. Read original…

Salt Lake Children’s Choir: Organization celebrating its 25th anniversary with 2 concerts, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, May 1, 2005
When Ralph B. Woodward formed the Salt Lake Children’s Choir, he never thought it would last, or that he would still be directing it 25 years later. Read original…

Children’s choir to sing in L.A., Edward Riechel, Deseret News, Tuesday, February 1, 2005
This year, the Salt Lake Children’s Choir will be celebrating two significant milestones — chiefly its 25th anniversary, which will be celebrated in May with concerts in Libby Gardner Concert Hall and Abravanel Hall. But before that, the children will be traveling to Los Angeles to perform at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association. The convention runs Wednesday through Saturday this week,, and the choir will perform three times at three venues in downtown Los Angeles. Read original…

Choir marks 25th anniversary, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, November 28, 2004
Next weekend’s Christmas concerts by the Salt Lake Children’s Choir in the Cathedral of the Madeleine will have a special significance for the ensemble that stretches well beyond the holiday season. They mark the choir’s 25th anniversary and the beginning of a yearlong celebration. Read original…

Fresh songs blend with familiar sounds, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, May 9, 2004
Ralph Woodward is continually on the lookout for new material that the Salt Lake Children’s Choir can perform. But the choir’s founder and director says it’s inevitable that some of the same pieces will crop up every year. Read original…

Children’s choir honored again, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, February 22, 2004
The Salt Lake Children’s Choir has once again been honored by being accepted to perform at this year’s American Choral Directors Association western-division convention. This will mark the fifth time the choir has had the distinction of taking part at the association’s Western convention, which includes directors and choirs from Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California and Hawaii. Read original…

Children’s Choir taps into music of ages, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, November 30, 2003
Like so many other people in the weeks leading up to Christmas, Ralph Woodward gets tired of hearing the same holiday music over and over again wherever he goes. That’s why the founder and director of the Salt Lake Children’s Choir tries to instill a sense of what the holiday season is all about in the choir’s Christmas concerts. Read original…

Children to present annual spring concert, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, May 25, 2003
The Salt Lake Children’s Choir presents its annual spring concert next weekend. Called “From San Marco to Humahuaco to ‘The Sunny Side of the Street,’” the program will include music from the Renaissance to today, as well as folk music from around the world and popular songs. Read original…

Holiday spirit alive in annual concert, Carma Wadley, Deseret News, Monday, December 16, 2002
Kurt Bestor does Christmas with exceptional grace, style and beauty. Read original…

Uniting Neighbors encourages respect, Laura Hancock, Deseret News, Friday, November 22, 2002
One person can save a two-way relationship from going sour. Read original…

Mahler’s Eighth simply brilliant, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Saturday, November 16, 2002
This year’s Tanner Gift of Music concert affords local concertgoers the unique opportunity to experience one of Mahler’s most dramatic and yet most elusive creations, his monumental Symphony No. 8, nicknamed “Symphony of a Thousand” because of the huge forces required for its performance. Read original…

S.L. Children’s Choir is captivating, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Saturday, June 1, 2002
For its final offering of the season, the Salt Lake Children’s Choir presented a well-chosen and enjoyable program of music spanning several centuries Friday. Read original…

Children’s Choir to conclude season, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, May 26, 2002
The Salt Lake Children’s Choir will wrap up its season this weekend with a pair of concerts that will explore a wide range of music and cultures. Read original…

Baritone Sykes in a class of his own, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Saturday, November 24, 2001
It’s rare to find singers who are able to perform popular music equally as well as classical. Jubilant Sykes is one such vocalist who can do both. Quite frankly, this young baritone is in a class by himself. Read original…

Children’s choir sounds heavenly, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Monday, May 21, 2001
There is probably nothing more delightful than hearing the Salt Lake Children’s Choir sing. Their pure, innocent voices seem to bring new meaning to whatever they perform. And with someone as talented as Ralph Woodward as conductor, the results are nothing less than heavenly. Read original…

Varied program shows off choir’s range, versatility, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, May 13, 2001
They might be just a bunch of kids, but when they sing together as the Salt Lake Children’s Choir, they sound like an ensemble of seasoned professionals. Read original…

Children’s voices lift spirit of Christmas, Rebecca Cline, Deseret News, Monday, December 4, 2000
Nowhere is the splendor of Christmas more apparent than in the beauty and innocence of children, and this weekend, that beauty was certainly resplendent in the sweetness and joy of the Salt Lake Children’s Choir. Read original…

Children’s Choir show to cover the globe, Rebecca Cline Howard, Deseret News, Sunday, November 26, 2000
Of all the voices raised in song to herald the celebration of Christ’s birth, none are so angelic as the voices of children. All of us who missed the original angels singing on that first Christmas night can get the next best thing this weekend when the Salt Lake Children’s Choir performs. Read original…

S.L. Children’s Choir sings like angels, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Monday, June 5, 2000
It seems that you just can’t get enough of children’s choruses. There’s something about them that makes it fun and exciting to hear them sing. And one of the best of these groups is the Salt Lake Children’s Choir. Under the inspired direction of founder Ralph Woodward, these young singers exhibit a lot of talent, musicality and sheer enthusiasm. The voices of these children are angelic and pure, and they give the music they perform a new dimension. Read original…

Children’s choir celebrating 20 years, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, May 28, 2000
It’s hard to believe, but the Salt Lake Children’s Choir is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary. Over the past two decades, the choir has become a mainstay on the local music scene, performing with such well-known artists as Frederica von Stade, Marvin Hamlisch and Pete Seeger and recording with groups such as the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the Utah Symphony. Read original…

Children’s Choir Hits All Right Notes, Edward Reichel, Deseret News, Sunday, December 5, 1999
Ralph Woodward and his 80-voice Salt Lake Children’s Choir gave an exciting concert of holiday music Saturday evening. Deftly blending well-known Christmas music with some lesser-known pieces, and even some contemporary songs, Woodward created a program that was simply terrific. Read original…

S.L. Children’s Choir fills hall with musical emotion, Rick Mortensen, Deseret News, Friday, May 8, 1998
Pablo Picasso once said that his goal was to paint like a child. Listening to the Salt Lake Children’s choir, one can see what he meant. Read original…

Pianist, Children’s Choir Warm Hearts, William S. Goodfellow, Deseret News, Friday, April 26, 1991
Rain, sleet, snow and hail – hardly divine weather for April, no matter how badly we needed it. But within Symphony Hall Thursday, amid the warmth generated by an audience of proud families and friends, the Salt Lake Children’s Choir sang like angels. Read original…