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May 12 & 13, 2017

 

 

The Salt Lake Children's Choir 2017 Spring Concerts, May 12 & 13, 7:30 at the First Presbyterian Church.

The Salt Lake Children’s Choir 2017 Spring Concerts, May 12 & 13, 7:30 at the First Presbyterian Church.

Please join us for two lovely spring evenings, this coming weekend.  Details about the program can be found here.  Tickets can be purchased online here, from choir members, or at the door.

Spring Concerts 2017

 

 

Once again, Spring time is here and our Spring Concert is just around the corner!

7 children smiling and standing in a line

Member of the 2015/16 Salt Lake Children’s Choir

Friday & Saturday, May 12 & 13, 7:30 P.M.

First Presbyterian Church, South Temple & ‘C’ Street

Tickets available at the door, from choir members, or online here.

For addition details about the concert program, please click here.

 

Love Utah Give Utah – March 30, 2017!!

*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!

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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.

Please help make a real difference for our Choir.

Click Here  to help us reach our goal.

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

Spring Concert 2017

Choir on stage in church. Sunset through stained glass window.

Sunset during the Spring Concert 2013.

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 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.

Auditions 2016-17!

7 children smiling and standing in a line

Members of the Salt Lake Children’s Choir

 

Our new season is peeking around the corner!

The Salt Lake Children’s Choir is preparing to begin our 37th season.  Many exciting performance opportunities lie ahead this year – including the traditional Christmas Cathedral Concerts, December 2 & 4, 2016 in the beautiful Cathedral of the Madeleine.

Auditions are currently being scheduled for all interested singers, ages 8-15.  No prior singing experience is required and no advance preparation is needed for the audition.  Schedule your audition appointment by calling 801-537-1412.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Program Notes – Spring 2016, part 2

More thoughts from Ralph B. Woodward about pieces on the program this weekend.  Please scroll down to previous posts, to find concert details).  Our Choir hopes to see you in the audience!

Dancing Song”  (arr. Zoltán Kodály)

The “Kodaly Method” of music education is still taught world wide.  However, in addition to being a pioneer in the music education of young people, Zoltán Kodály, along with fellow Hungarian Bela Bartok, was an avid researcher and a great composer.  His masterful arrangement of the Hungarian “Táncnóta” (Dancing Song), with its tempo changes, dynamic shifts and electrifying ending, is always a big hit with our singers and audiences.

(For a sneak peek of a past year’s choir singing this number, please click here!)

Olha a Rosa Amarela”  (Brazil)

We have given this Brazilian folk song a Samba treatment–complete with percussion.  (The kids have trouble standing still.)

The Old Chisolm Trail

Not all so-called “cowboy songs’ are authentic (some of the best known actually been written by Eastern songwriters).  But this one really is authentic–and is complete with a fair dose of cowboy humor.  Our young “buckaroos” (especially the littlest ones) enjoy “saddling up” and singing this one.

Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume” (Vienna, City of My Dreams)

This extremely charming waltz by Rudolf Siecynski is much loved throughout the German-speaking world (and beyond) and is a crowd-pleaser wherever and whenever we sing it.

Calypso Loco

This piece, written in the Calypso style, just keeps piling on the parts until it arrives at a state of total “craziness.”

“Evening Prayer

This is a personal favorite–maybe because of the way it came about and the feeling it seems to convey.

A Day in Spring

Our traditional “finale,” when many former choir members come up and participate–always making it a sentimental “spring reunion” for everyone.