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
With our major Spring performances coming up at the end of the week, we are pleased to share with you some program notes written by the choir’s founder and director, Ralph B. Woodward. Hopefully this will give you additional insight and appreciation for the pieces you will hear the choir perform. We will have notes on additional program pieces throughout the week.
“Now Is the Month of Maying” (Thomas Morley)
The 16th Century (the time of Shakespeare) was the golden age of the English Madrigal (secular polyphonic song), and “Now Is the Month of Maying” is among the most famous. I was contacted not long ago by an English choir director, who had seen us perform it on YouTube asking about the arrangement we use (which happens to be by Jerry Wesley Harris). So, if she, being from England likes it, I guess we’re on solid footing. The kids really enjoy singing it.
“Song of the Skylark” (Johannes Brahms)
One of the great genres of vocal music is the German Art Song, and I have surveyed virtually all the songs of Schubert, Brahms, Schumann and Mendelssohn in search of material suitable for our choir. Some which we sing were already familiar to me, but some were not, and may not be to our audiences. One of these, “Song of the Skylark,” (Lerchengesang), is particularly beautiful in its wistfulness. The 3 against 4 beat rhythm (choir vs. piano) ads to the song’s poignancy.
Impromptu #2 in E-flat Opus 90 (Franz Schubert)
We are proud to feature brilliant young pianist and choir member, Caleb Spjute performing this extremely virtuosic work. You may want his autograph after you hear him play (others have).
“Blagoslavi dushe moya Ghospoda” (Pavel Chesnokov)
This work (translation: Bless the Lord, my soul), with its rich harmonies and extreme dynamic changes is a fine example of late 19th and early 20th Century Russian liturgical music.
“How Excellent Thy Name” (Howard Hanson)
I first heard this piece sung by a college choir and have liked it ever since. It’s composer, Howard Hanson was the first director of the Eastman School of Music (where he remained for 40 years) and was one of the pre-eminent American composers of the 20th Century. The work, whose text is taken from the Psalms, is very evocative and beautiful and I appreciate the remarkable insight our singers bring to it.
The Salt Lake Children’s Choir, Ralph B. Woodward, Artistic Director, will present its annual Spring Concerts Friday and Saturday, May 13 and 14 at 7:30 PM in the First Presbyterian Church (South Temple and C Street).
The program will include art songs of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Schubert and Zoltan Koday’s fiery setting of the Hungarian “Dancing Song.” Also on the program are the choir’s original a cappella arrangements of “Olha a Rosa Amarela” from Brazil, the Mexican favorite, “Cielito Lindo,” and “El Condor Pasa” from Peru. Of special interest will be the rich sonorities of “Zadrimali Volne” and “Blagoslvi dushe moya Ghospoda” by Russian masters, Cesar Cui and Pavel Chesnokov, and the evocative and powerful “How Excellent Thy Name” by 20th Century American composition and music education icon, Howard Hanson.
The concert will conclude with the sentimental favorite, “Springtime in the Rockies,’ followed by the choir’s 7-part “Calypso Loco,” and its traditional “A Day in Spring.” Tickets available at Day Murray Music, from choir members and at the door. All seats $10 ($6 students) and admission is open to all over age 6. For further information, call 801-537-1412
Friends and family near Rexburg, Idaho can also hear the choir this spring. The children will be performing at BYU-Idaho on April 22, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. in the Barrus Concert Hall. Click here for information on obtaining tickets for this performance.
Thank you from the choir for the outstanding audience that attended the Cathedral Concerts! It was standing room only both nights. In case you left early or decided not to try to squeeze in last weekend, please know that the choir has one more public concert left this year.
Our Family Community Christmas Concert will be Sunday, December 20, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. at the Federal Heights LDS Chapel (1300 East Fairfax Road – across from Shriner’s Hospital). This concert is open to all ages and will feature most of the same repertoire performed at the Cathedral last weekend.
Finally – you may already be aware from our radio appearances and ads on Classical 89 that the Choir is conducting mid-year auditions. We would love to have your child, niece, nephew, neighbor, cousin, friend, or grandchild between the ages of 8-15 audition for the Choir. Please contact our director at 801-537-1412 to schedule an appointment. No previous singing experience is required.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you from the Salt Lake Children’s Choir!
The Salt Lake Children’s Choir is delighted to welcome the outstanding Pacific Boychoir to Salt Lake City and will be participating with them in a special concert Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the beautiful St. Amborse Church (2315 Redondo Ave.) This concert is being presented at no charge and will begin at 7:30 PM. The program will offer a wide variety of music–ranging from Bach, to Gershwin, to John Denver. Said the LA Times–
“Pacific Boychoir’s musical sophistication and quality of sound were astonishing.”
Further information about this fine choir and its tour repertoire can be found at www.pacificboychoir.org
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.
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.