Happy New Year from the Salt Lake Children’s Choir!
UPDATE: Due to demand, we will continue scheduling auditions for Saturday, January 13, at Day Murray Music. Appointments for other times and locations can also be made by calling 801-537-1412, to reach our director, Ralph Woodward. Please call right away so we can be sure to accommodate you!
If you’ve ever thought of having your child audition for our choir, right now is the perfect time! The choir will be returning from Christmas break and beginning to learn their spring repertoire next week. We will be having an audition day this Saturday, January 6, at Day Murray Music. For details, click here. However, if this day is inconvenient, please call anyway and schedule a time that works in your schedule. We look forward to meeting you!
- December 1 and 3 at 8pm in the magnificent Cathedral of the Madeleine. Admission is free, but limited to those over 6 years of age.
- December 17 at 7pm in the LDS Chapel at 8350 South Jackson Street, Midvale. Admission is free and open to those of all ages.
In the middle of the month, the Choir has the exciting opportunity to be guests of the Salt Lake Choral Artists at their Christmas Concerts.
- December 15 & 16, 7:30 P.M. at St. Ambrose Church (1875 South 2300 East, SLC). This concert is ticketed. Please click here to purchase tickets.
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.
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.
P.S. Benefactors of the choir enjoy VIP seating at this event. If you are interested in supporting the choir, please contact us.
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
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!
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.