To help you get in the mood for our concerts tomorrow and Saturday (May 1 & 2, 2015, 7:30 p.m. ), here is a clip of the Choir performing Ralph B. Woodward’s setting of Laudate Dominum two years ago in the same venue – the lovely First Presbyterian Church on South Temple in Salt Lake City. This year you can hear Mozart’s setting of Laudate Dominum as well as many other immortal musical treasures. For additional information about what’s on the program and ticket information please see this post. The Choir looks forward to singing for you!
For the last few years, our Choir has had the honor of being included in the Christmas Around the World episodes of the syndicated radio program “Performance Today”. Today, PT’s playlist includes the recording of “Silent Night” from our 2013 concert. If you were there, tune in to hear yourself, in the audience, sing with our choir. Today’s playlist can be streamed over the internet anytime from now until at least the end of the year here. Locally in the Salt Lake City area, the program airs on Classical 89 (89.1 FM) from 6-8 p.m. As our piece is the last thing on the playlist, it will be on about 7:50.
Merry Christmas to all from the Salt Lake Children’s Choir!
This year’s Cathedral performances have come and gone, but we still have one major concert left this season. The Salt Lake Children’s Choir will present their annual Family Christmas Concert at the LDS chapel at 951 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, on Sunday, December 21, 2014, 7:30 P.M. All ages welcome. Ramp access from the parking lot into the chapel is available.
As we begin to look towards the new year, we would also like to get the word out that interested children may audition to join the choir for the second semester (January-May 2015). If you would like to schedule an audition, please call the director, Ralph Woodward, at 801-537-1412. Click here for more information about auditions.
Our 2014 Cathedral Concerts are barely more than a week away.
Did you know the Salt Lake Children’s Choir sang in the Cathedral of the Madeleine for the first time 30 years ago in 1984? Here’s how Ralph B. Woodward, founder and director, remembers that concert:
It has occurred to me that this December marks the 30th Anniversary of our choir’s first performance in the Cathedral of the Madeleine. We were still rather new then, and, of course, in awe of the Cathedral. However, I thought the Cathedral would be the ideal setting for a wonderful work my father had performed at Brigham Young University back in 1955 ( just a couple of years following the work’s actual creation). The piece, “Une Cantate de Noel” (or Christmas Story) by Swiss Composer, Arthur Honegger calls for full orchestra, mixed choir, baritone soloist, children’s choir, and organ. I loved the piece – particularly the thrilling way the children’s voices were employed. Now that I directed a children’s choir and since my father (now retired from BYU) still had the Ralph Woodward Chorale (a fine community ensemble), I decided to approach Dr. David Dalton, then conductor of the Salt Lake Symphony about a joint performance. He responded favorably and the orchestra later did, as well. The next task was to approach then Cathedral Rector, M. Francis Mannion, about the idea–which he fully embraced. At the time, he was interested in opening up the cathedral to more community cultural events, and this suggestion came at the perfect time.
So, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 1984, the program was presented as follows:
The Salt Lake Symphony, directed by Dr. Dalton opened the evening with the sublime “Adagio in G Minor” for strings and organ by Tomaso Albinoni. We, The Salt Lake Children’s Choir, then gave unaccompanied performances of the several carols which would later appear during the course of the Honegger work. This was then followed by a very stirring performance of Arthur Honegger’s “Une Cantate de Noel,” conducted by my father, Dr. Ralph Woodward. It was a glorious event for all present, and a wonderful beginning to our long association with the Cathedral of the Madeleine.
Please join us this year to enjoy this beautiful Salt Lake tradition. December 5 & 7th, 8:00 P.M. at the Cathedral of the Madeleine.
This year the Salt Lake Children’s Choir is excited to be appearing as special guests of the Choral Arts Society of Utah in their annual Holiday Pops Concert. Proceeds from the concert benefit the Salvation Army Angel Tree program. Please share this post with people you know who would want to support this cause and enjoy this concert.
Many of you have asked already about the dates for the Cathedral Christmas Concerts this year. Though it is hard to believe, the holiday season is nearly upon us.
The choir will present its traditional Cathedral Christmas Concert Friday and Sunday, Dec. 5 and 7 at 8 PM in the Cathedral of the Madeleine (331 East South Temple). Featured will be music of Bach, Handel, and other early masters, as well as familiar and lesser-known carols from many lands–including “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “What Child Is This?,” “Pat-A-Pan,” “Cantemos,” (a traditional Venezuelan villancico), and the sublime “Sleep of the Child Jesus” by Henri Büsser. Audience and choir will join in several carol favorites to conclude the evening. Accompaniment will be provided by harpist Lysa Rytting and organist Ken Udy.
There is no charge but admission is limited to those over 6 years of age. Due to the resonant nature of the cathedral and the relatively late hour of the concert, please leave small children at home.
On another note – please BRING the small children, and everyone else, to our Family Christmas Concert on December 21st. Traditionally held at the LDS Chapel at 951 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, this concert is slightly shorter, slightly earlier, and has much more parking than our Cathedral Concerts. Anyone with mobility issues will also find it easier to navigate than the Cathedral. It will be our last concert of the season.
One exciting addition to our holiday schedule this year is the chance to appear as guest artists on another holiday program. On Saturday, Dec. 6 (Yes, this IS the night between our Cathedral Concerts), at 7:30 PM, the choir will join with the Choral Arts Society of Utah, Sterling Poulson, Music Director, and the West Valley Symphony for the popular KUTV Holiday Pops Benefit Concert at Cottonwood High School. The program will include music by Holst and Handel–plus traditional carols–as well as “Sleigh Ride,” “The Night Before Christmas,” “Frosty, the Snowman,” and a combined sing-along. Tickets are available at Smith’s-Tix.
The Salt Lake Children’s Choir is excited to be hosting the Phoenix Boys Choir for a few days this June. They are visiting Salt Lake City as part of their 2014 tour of the Western States. On Saturday, June 14th at 7:30 p.m., they will present a free concert at the Federal Heights LDS Chapel, Virginia Street (1340 E.) and Fairfax Road (335 North). Our choir will also participate in this concert. Please help us get the word out and fill the chapel for these visitors! It will be a beautiful evening and an exciting opportunity to hear a world-renowned boys choir. Founded in 1947, the Phoenix Boys Choir has programs featuring training in voice, music theory, and performance for boys age 7 to 14.
While in Salt Lake, the boys choir will also sing an extended postlude for Mass at the Cathedral of the Madeleine on Sunday, June 15th before continuing on to Park City. To view the rest of their tour schedule or learn more about them, please visit: http://www.boyschoir.org/
As our concert approaches this weekend, we wanted to share some program notes on some of the pieces to be performed written by our artistic director, and founder, of the choir – Ralph B. Woodward. The concerts will truly be a journey across the history of music in both time and geography. We hope that you enjoy learning more about the music, its place in the world and the relationship our choir has with some of these pieces. Of course, no reading takes the place of hearing the real thing! Please join us on May 2 & 3. (Additional concert details available in the previous post – Tickets available from our website or at the door).
Hodie Apparuit: This is a short motet by the great Franco-Flemish master Orlando di Lasso and is a prime example of 16th Century polyphony. Its wonderful interweaving of parts makes it an extremely gratifying work to sing and to hear (the kids love it).
Bonne Nuit: One of the great joys of working with these young people is to see what they can do with the Art Song. We sing many of this genre–usually those by German masters. However, in the beginning years of our choir, the very early ’80’s, one member’s mother (who also belonged to our first choir board) loaned me a book of songs which happened to contain the charming “Bonne Nuit by the French composer, Jules Massenet (probably best known to most for his violin solo, “Meditation”–from the opera, Thais). I then made an adaptation for the choir and we have done it periodically over the years. I had never heard this charming song before, and I have never heard it since — other than being sung by our choir.
Techot Volga ( by M. Fradkin): This is a much loved by older Russians, and was first sung by our choir in 1987. It speaks of the permanence of the ever-flowing Volga and the stages and changes in our lives. It is wistful, expressive and very beautiful. .
Caliche (by R. Alarcon): This popular Chilean song, in the “cueca” dance rhythm, is a real favorite. It refers, in endearing terms, to dark-complected “Caliche, ” which I originally thought meant a pretty girl. In fact, this is a symbolic reference to a black ore that is mined in Northern Chile and which sustains many miners of that area and their families.
Turn Ye to Me: from Scotland, is a bitter-sweet song of parting of someone who is leaving a loved one to go to sea.
Follow Me Down to Carlow: a rousing Irish dance tune, is one of the Choir’s all-time favorites.
Makedonska Devoice: from the Republic of Macedonia (formerly part of Yugoslavia and not to be confused with Greek Macedonia) was introduced to me by a friend from Bosnia. It is very tuneful, rhythmic (in 7/8) and very popular all over the Balkans.
Vienna, City of My Dreams: This captivating waltz by Rudolf Sieczynski is much loved the world over (and especially by German-speaking people). It is full of irresistible Viennese charm and one of our favorites,
Kaya Kaymanta Ripusaj: An Andean song of farewell from Bolivia in the ‘quechua’ language (language of the Incas)–with a couple of Spanish words. The melody and complimentary harmonies (which we have added) have a unique, mystical quality.
Palomita del arrozal: This song is also from Bolivia, but from the Santa Cruz region–which is lower and more tropical. It’s lyrics are mostly Spanish–but also include words of the native Guarani people of that area.
Kapusi Kali Kongo: is a novelty song from Zambia with fascinating poly-rhythmic percussion.
On the Sunny Side of the Street by Jimmy McHugh: This popular American standard will be a lively, refreshing return to our own shores. The perrformance will be complete with skat singing by the choir and the artistry of jazz pianist extraordinaire, Steve Keen.
From Vienna — to the Andes — to “The Sunny Side of the Street”, a concert by the award winning Salt Lake Children’s Choir, will be presented Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3, at 7:30 PM in Salt Lake City’s beautiful St. Ambrose Church (1975 South 2300 East). Spanning four centuries and four continents, the program will include musical treasures, both familiar and little known, from the British Isles, Eastern and Western Europe, Africa, South America and the USA — including the much-loved “On Wings of Song” and “Vienna, My City of Dreams” — as well as the lively “Follow Me Down to Carlow” from Ireland and the wistful Bolivian “Kaya Kaymanta Ripusaj”–sung in native Quechua, the language of the Incas. Jazz pianist extraordinaire Steve Keen will join the choir on Woodward’s rhythmic “Canto” and the American favorite, “On the Sunny Side of the Street. The evening will conclude with the choir’s own “Evening Prayer” and. “A Day in Spring.”
All seats are $9:00 ($6.00 students) and tickets are available at Day Murray Music or at the door. Online tickets can be purchased here and will be held at will call on the nights of the concerts. Admission is open to those ages 6 and older.
Please note: The choir is now scheduling auditions for new members, and there will be a sign-up sheet for an audition time at the concert for those who attend.
The Salt Lake Children’s Choir, Ralph B. Woodward, Artistic Director, will present its traditional Christmas Concerts Friday, Dec. 6 and Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8:00 PM in the Cathedral of the Madeleine (331 E South Temple). Featured will be works by di Lasso, Handel, and other early masters, as well as familiar and lesser-known carols from many lands–including “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “Infant Holy, Infant Lowly,” Ill est ne, le divin Enfant, and the Peruvian villancico, “Venir, pastorcitos.” Also heard will be the title theme from the motion picture, “King of Kings” by Miklos Rozsa. The evening will conclude with audience and choir joining in several carol favorites. Accompaniment will be by harpist Lisa Rytting and organist Ken Udy. There is no charge, but admission is limited to those over 6 years of age.