The Salt Lake Children’s Choir will be singing this coming Sunday, March 22, 2015 at the Sunday Service in the Federal Height’s Chapel, 1300 Fairfax Road. The Service will begin at 12:50.
All are welcome to attend.
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.
A few notes from Ralph B. Woodward about selections on the program for this year’s Cathedral Concerts:
The only piece the choir has sung every year since its inception is “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (Es is ein Ros entsprungen). Apart from its sheer beauty, it seems to have a particular ability bridge the centuries. Although relatively young in terms of the entire Christian Era (having first appeared around 1600), it is one of the the earlier carols which we sing, and when we do so, I somehow sense we are joining our voices with those of ages past.
I grew up hearing my mother, a gifted singer and voice teacher, sing the beautiful ” Le sommeil de l’Enfant Jesus (Berceuse pour al Nuit de Noel) by Henri Büsser. Years later, after founding the choir, I suddenly remembered the piece, asked her about it, and upon locating it, adapted it for use by our choir. This piece, to which we often refer as simply “Berceuse”, or lullaby, has proven to be a stirring high point of our Christmas concerts ever since.
Other long-standing traditions of our Christmas concerts are the special descants which are sung with the audience at the end of our concerts. The one to “Silent Night” is partially derived from one my mother created and sang and, as far as I remember, was sung along with our newly-composed “O Come, All Ye Faithful” descant at our inaugural concert in 1979. Our other carol descants were added not many years later and are, themselves, part of a long-standing tradition.
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.
Our 2014 Christmas Cathedral Concerts (details here!) are just around the corner on December 5th and 7th. Something else to put on your Holiday calendar is a week’s worth of broadcasts from our friends at Classical 89 (KBYU radio). Each day from December 8th to 12th, at 10:00 A.M. and 4:06 P.M. (just after the BBC news), Classical 89 will broadcast three selections from the live recordings of our 2013 Cathedral Concerts. The listings for these broadcasts are already posted on Classical 89’s website. Check there if you had a particular favorite last year that you’d love to hear again. (The link jumps to the current day’s playlist. You will have to hit “Next Day” until you come to the day you are interested in.)
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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.
Participating in the Salt Lake Children’s Choir is a great way to expose your child to the wonderful world of classical music. The Choir is now scheduling auditions for children between ages 8-15. No previous musical experience is required. Please call 801-537-1412 to set up an audition or to find out more. Please share this announcement with friends, family and neighbors who might be interested!