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Save the dates! Dec 1 & 3, 2017

The choir is thrilled to be performing their annual Christmas Cathedral Concert this December 1st and 3rd at the beautiful Cathedral Of The Madeleine. Selections will include many beloved traditions such as “Lo How A Rose Ere Blooming” and “Berceuse” as well as Christmas music from around the world and classical composers.

Boy walking up the aisle to perform with the choir.

Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City. Photo by Bre Lasley

When: Friday, Dec 1, 2017 and Sunday, Dec 3 2017
Time: 8pm (this is a highly attended concert so we suggest early arrival)
Where: Cathedral Of The Madeleine, 331 E South Temple, SLC
Details: Ages 6-106 are welcome (these concerts are recorded for radio so please respect this age range)

We hope you will join us in embarking on a lovely holiday season through angelic holiday music in ethereal surroundings.

 

 

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P.S. Benefactors of the choir enjoy VIP seating at this event. If you are interested in supporting the choir, please contact us.

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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 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

Auditions 2016-17!

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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 1

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.

Springtime in the Rockies

As the springtime blooms around us,  join the Salt Lake Children’s Choir and director, Ralph B. Woodward, for a beautiful evening of songs from around the world at First Presbyterian Church (South Temple and C Street) on May 13th or 14th, Friday/Saturday at 7:30 P.M.Spring2016 Poster_half size

The program will include art songs of Mendelssohn, Brahms and Franz Schubert–followed by a Schubert Intermezzo for piano performed by brilliant young pianist and choir member, Caleb Spjute.  Also heard will be Zoltan Koday’s fiery setting of the Hungarian “Dancing Song,” and the choir’s a cappella arrangements of the rhythmic “Olha a Rosa Amarela” from Brazil, the Mexican favorite, “Cielito Lindo,” and “El Condor Pasa” from Peru.  Of special interest will be the rich sonority 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” 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 entertaining “Calypso Loco,”(in seven parts)  and its traditional “A Day in Spring.” Tickets available at Day Murray Music, from choir members and at the door.  All seats are $10 ($6 students) and admission is open to all over age 6.  For further information, check our Facebook page or call 801-537-1412

Spring Concerts 2016

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).

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

Sunset during the Spring Concert 2013.

 

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. 

Cathedral Christmas Concerts, 2015

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The Choir’s traditional Cathedral Christmas Concerts will be presented at 8:00 PM Friday and Sunday, Dec. 4 and 6 in the Cathedral of the Madeleine (331 E. South Temple).

The program will include music of Palestrina, Bach and Handel, as well as “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” “Bring a Torch, Jeanette Isabella”,”Il est né le divin Enfant” and other carols, both old and new, from around the world. Also heard will be “Blagosovi dushe moya Ghospoda” by Russian master Pavel Chsnokov, “All My Heart This Night Rejoices” by noted American composer, and “O Bethlehem” by the choir’s director. The evening will conclude with the choir singing the sublime “Sleep of the Child Jesus, Henri Büsser followed by audience and combined choirs joining in several carol favorites.

Harpist Lysa Rytting and organist Ken Udy will provide accompaniment.

The public is invited at no charge, but admission is limited to those over 6 years of age.