Members of the Salt Lake Children’s Choir during dress rehearsal at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City. Photo by Bre Lasley
It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The Choir’s traditional Christmas Concerts are almost here!
This year we have two locations:
December 1 and 3 at 8pm in the magnificent Cathedral of the Madeleine. Admission is free, but limited to those over 6 years of age.
December 17 at 7pm in the LDS Chapel at 8350 South Jackson Street, Midvale. Admission is free and open to those of all ages.
The concert will include works Orlando di Lasso, Antonio Vivaldi, and other early masters–as well as much-loved carols from around the world, including “Lo, How a Rose, E’er Blooming,” “Angels o’er the Fields,” “Still,Still,Still,” and “Il est né le divin Enfant.” Also heard will be “Panis Angelicus” by César Franck and two selections from Benjamin Britten’s “Ceremony of Carols” as well as “Gloria al Rey” and “Little Star” by the director. The evening will conclude with combined choirs, choir alumni and audience joining in several carol favorites–accompanied by Ken Udy, organist. Harp accompaniment for the evening will be by Lysa Rytting.
In the middle of the month, the Choir has the exciting opportunity to be guests of the Salt Lake Choral Artists at their Christmas Concerts.
The choir is thrilled to be performing their annual Christmas Cathedral Concert this December 1st and 3rd at the beautiful Cathedral Of The Madeleine. Selections will include many beloved traditions such as “Lo How A Rose Ere Blooming” and “Berceuse” as well as Christmas music from around the world and classical composers.
Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City. Photo by Bre Lasley
When:Friday, Dec 1, 2017 and Sunday, Dec 3 2017 Time:8pm (this is a highly attended concert so we suggest early arrival) Where: Cathedral Of The Madeleine, 331 E South Temple, SLC Details: Ages 6-106 are welcome (these concerts are recorded for radio so please respect this age range)
We hope you will join us in embarking on a lovely holiday season through angelic holiday music in ethereal surroundings.
P.S. Benefactors of the choir enjoy VIP seating at this event. If you are interested in supporting the choir, please contact us.
*Update – Thank you, Thank you from the Choir for the exciting support we received during Love Utah Give Utah. The Choir received not only monetary donations, but kind notes of appreciation for our music and of for the experiences of children in the choir over the years. It was heartwarming to read.
If you did not contribute that day and would still like to, the Choir’s fundraising account at Razoo is active year round. You contribution is welcome whenever it is convenient for you. Please also be sure to attend our Spring Concert! Details can be found here.
Thank you, again!
Tomorrow, March 30, 2017, many will come together for a special 24-hour online Giving Day called Love UT Give UT and we need YOUR HELP!
We want to raise $2,500 to help keep our Annual Christmas Concerts free for all who attend.
An added bonus: Mark Miller Subaru, a sponsor of Love Utah Give Utah, has provided the opportunity for one lucky donor (to any of the participating non-profits) to win a 2017 Impreza. By donating to our choir, you will be automatically entered to win. Click here for the contest rules. Find out more about the ‘give where you live’ initiative by visiting Love Utah GIve Utah
The choir’s 2017 spring concerts will be May 12 and 13 at 7:30 PM in Salt Lake City’s beautiful First Presbyterian Church (South Temple and ‘C’ Street). The program will feature some of the world’s greatest classical songs–including the transcendent “God Is My Shepherd ” and “Nacht und Träume” by Franz Schubert, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s dramatic “Spring Waters,” and the evocative “Ku-loc” (Cow-keeper call) by Norwegian master, Edvard Grieg. The choir will also conduct its traditional survey of outstanding world music with visits to Scotland, Ireland, France, Slovakia, Norway, Japan, Mexico, and Brazil–including a revival of the choir’s own exciting setting of the Irish reel, “Follow Me Down to Carlow” and Stephen Hatfield’s international hit arrangement of the Mexican huapango, “Las Amariillas.” Returning to American shores, the choir will sing “I Left My Heart in San Francisco” and will conclude the concert with its own calypso number, “Down by the Seashore,” followed by “Little Lamb” and “A Day in Spring.”–both by the director.
General Admission: $10.00 ($6.00 students) and admission limited to those age 6 and older. Tickets at Day Murray Music or at the door. Additional information at 801-537-1412
— A Message From our Director on Performing at the Cathedral of The Madeleine
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.
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.