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Performance Today

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!

Salt Lake Children’s Choir at the Cathedral – Christmas 2013

children in cathedral

Wednesday Choir’s Dress Rehearsal at the Cathedral of the Madeleine 2013

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.

Just in time for Christmas…

DVD bannerLast spring’s concert  has been produced into a beautiful DVD now available for purchase. We are also releasing a CD with 18 selections from the 2012 Christmas Concert.   They will make excellent keepsakes of your child’s participation in the choir or as gifts to family and friends not near enough to attend the concerts. Below is a clip taken from the DVD as a preview.

Pricing is as follows:

  • 2013 Spring Concert DVD:  $20 (first copy),  $10 (additional copies)
  • 2012 Christmas audio CD:  $15 (first copy),   $10 (additional copies)
  • DVD/CD Combo:  $30
  • Shipping:  $4 per address, domestic only. Free pick up option available at the Community Christmas Concert on December 22nd.

To place an order, please click here to send an email to the choir listing the items you would like to order, shipping addresses (if applicable), and a phone number in case we need to clarify anything. You will receive a PayPal Invoice from the choir for these items which you can then pay by PayPal, credit card, or mailed check. The order is not final until the payment is received. Be sure to include your preferences for shipping or pick-up at our upcoming holiday concerts.

If you would prefer to place an order over the phone or have any questions, please call/text Ali at 801-792-9641 or email slcc@q.com

Contact us for information on Blu-ray discs if interested.

Celebration of Christ tickets now available!

poster for Celebration of Christ Concert, November 30th, 2013 in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square.

The Salt Lake Children’s Choir will be appearing as part of a large cast in the “Celebration of Christ” Concert on November 30th, 2013.

The choir’s first public Christmas appearance will be at the Tabernacle on Temple Square on November 30th.  The concert is titled “A Celebration of Christ” and features the choir, Vocal Point (from BYU) and Jenny Oaks Baker as well as performers from many Christian denominations in the Salt Lake Valley.  Tickets can be purchased from LDS events for $10 general admission.  There are two shows that day:  a matinee at 4:30 p.m. and an evening performance at 8:00 p.m.

Upcoming Performances for the 2013 Holiday Season

poster for Celebration of Christ Concert, November 30th, 2013 in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square.

The Salt Lake Children’s Choir will be appearing as part of a large cast in the “Celebration of Christ” Concert on November 30th, 2013.

The holiday season is quickly approaching.  The Salt Lake Children’s choir will be helping sing in the Christmas spirit in the “Celebration of Christ” Concert on November 30th in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.  There will be a 4:30 matinee of this concert as well as an evening performance at 8:00 p.m.  Tickets are not yet available, but will be distributed through the LDS temple square events web site.  We will post a link and more details when they are available.

Other dates for your calender, including our traditional Cathedral Christmas Concerts, have been updated on our Performances Page.  The Choir is looking forward to singing for you this special season!

2013-14 Season Begins…

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

Sunset during the Spring Concert 2013.

The 2013-14 Season is upon us!  Last minute auditions are still being conducted through the first two weeks of September.  Scheduling is underway for Christmas events and beyond.  If you or a group you are part of wish to hire the Choir to sing this year, contact the director, Ralph B. Woodward at 801-537-1412.  More information about concerts and appearances coming soon on this website!

Program Notes from Mr. Woodward

Children of the Salt Lake Children's Choir in their robes.

The Salt Lake Children’s Choir ready to sing at the First Presbyterian Church.

Tonight, May 11, is our last Spring Concert in Salt Lake for 2013.  Here are a few more program notes for pieces being performed tonight:

Anicka dusicka   arr. M. Schneider-Trnavsky
This lovely dance song has the combination of spice and melodic charm  for which Slovak songs are so widely known and loved..  It is one of the most  popular folk songs of Slovakia.

 

Las Amarillas  arr. by Stephen Hatfield
Back in 1997, when I first saw this arrangement of a southern Mexican huapanago, I thought it was one of the best (but most difficult) arrangements of ethnic music I had ever seen.  However, not wanting  to avoid a worthwhile challenge for the choir,  I immediately had our kids prepare  and perform it–and was glad I did (as was the audience!). Since then, it has been sung all over the world (mostly by groups older than ours)– and we have also done it once since.  However, it has been many years since we have tackled it and I am delighted this year’s group has the opportunity.  It is rhythmically complex, exciting, and great fun for all involved.

 

Springtime in the Rockies  by Robert Sauer
By the time we come to this sentimental favorite, we will have been on a wonderful musical journey (including a trip to the Norwegian mountains) and it will feel good to be back home.  Of local interest is that the composer, a German immigrant, was a member of the BYU music faculty when the song was written in 1927.  There will be more great things yet to come on the program, but this will start us on the home stretch.

Program Notes from Ralph B. Woodward: Moonlit Night

Moonlit Night (Mondnacht) by Robert Schumann

In many ways, I relate more to the music of Robert Scumann than any other composers of the German Romantic Era,  and this is one of the greatest of all his songs.
The characteristic interplay between piano and voice is exquisite, and the overall effect of the song is simply transporting (especially as sung by these young voices).  As with all our settings of such music, the accompaniment  is left untouched, the vocal parts enhanced with appropriate harmonies only sparingly and at strategic points. I don’t think this song can ever be programmed too often.
Text of the English translation sung by our choir:

 

It seemed as if, serenely, by heav’n the earth were kissed
That she so bright and queenly must dream of heav’nly rest

 

The breeze was lightly straying through cornfields waving light
and forest leaves were sighing as starlit was the night

 

And my rapt soul, her pinions, in eager joy out spread,
moved o’er the earth’s dominions as homeward on she sped.

Program Notes: Stars

Leading up to the concerts this weekend, we will be publishing some “Program Notes” by the choir’s director, Ralph B. Woodward, about pieces you will hear :

Stars (verse, Sara Teasdale) by R. Woodward
The poem conveys in simple, vivid terms the wonder and reverence elicited by being outdoors witnessing the infinite majesty of the heavens. The music uses in great measure the ethereal, openness of the whole-tone scale (in similar fashion to that heard in some of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets”).  Despite the other-worldly sounds of the song, our young singers really respond to its evocative effect and message.
Alone at night
On a dark hill
With pines around me
Spicy and still,And a heaven full of stars
Over my head,
White and topaz
And misty red;

Myriads with beating
Hearts of fire
That aeons
Cannot vex or tire;

Up the dome of heaven
Like a great hill,
I watch them marching
Stately and still,
And I know that I
Am honored to be
Witness
Of so much majesty.