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Chester River Chorale’s Messiah Sing In

A Chestertown holiday singing tradition, the Chester River Chorale Messiah Sing in will take place at the Garfield Center for the Arts on Friday evening. The concert includes Part I and selected choruses from Part II, an oratorio for a four part chorus of mixed soprano, alto, tenor, and bass voices. The Chorale will be directed by Douglas Cox, and accompanied by Sammy Marshall on piano.

Friday, 16 December, 2011
Starts at 8:00 PM

Cost: $5

Garfield Center for the Arts at the Prince Theatre, 210 High Street, Chestertown, MD 21620

www.chesterriverchorale.org

Chester River Chorale Spring Concert

Come “Welcome Spring!” with the Chester River Chorale, as 70 voices celebrate Mother Earth’s vernal awakening from its icy winter sleep.

The CRC will present its spring concert, “Welcome Spring!” on Friday, March 18 at 8 p.m. at Kent County High School in Worton, and Sunday, March 20 at 3 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Centreville.

This performance marks the spring equinox when the hours of daylight surpass darkness.

“The program explores the season of renewal from many viewpoints: the changes we see in the natural world, the sowing of crops and planting of gardens, and the chance encounter with new-found love,” said CRC Artistic Director Douglas D. Cox.

Selections include an excerpt from Franz Josef Haydn’s oratorio from 1801, The Seasons, featuring guest soloists Mark Huseth, baritone; Dan Erbe, tenor; and Janet Hjelmgren, soprano. This early, turn-of-the-century Viennese perspective is contrasted with such contemporary works as “Make Our Garden Grow,” from Leonard Bernstein’s Broadway opera, Candide; “Come to My Garden,” from the British musical sensation The Secret Garden; and “Morning Has Broken,” arranged by Mack Wilberg, conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

The Chester Chamber Singers, a 20-voice ensemble drawn from the Chorale, will turn the focus from the love of Nature to the nature of Love. The joys and heartaches of youthful infatuation will have a voice in several contemporary settings on courtly lyrics of 17th century Elizabethan England and tunes from 20th century Broadway.

The program will also feature several 4-hand piano accompaniments played by the Chorale’s pianist, Sam Marshall, and guest pianist Darren Lael.

“There is an optimistic tone throughout the program that reflects the pulse of the season. It’s that feeling of anticipation we all experience as winter retreats,” said Cox. “Our hope with this program is that our patrons’ connection to the new season—for all the beauty it portends—will be magnified through the music they hear from The Chester River Chorale.”

Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for students. Children under 12 are free but must have a ticket so that seats are not oversold.

Tickets are available at Scotties, Compleat Bookseller, and Towne Stationers in Chestertown; Galena Pharmacy in Galena; Java Rock in Rock Hall; and Optical Galleria in Centreville.

The Chorale’s Christmas Holiday Concerts were sold out and people were turned away, so the Chorale is urging patrons to get their tickets early and to arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain to be assured of being seated.

Chorale members are amateur singers drawn mainly from Kent and Queen Anne’s counties. The CRC’s mission is to provide opportunity and inspiration for amateur singers to strive for artistic excellence. No audition is required. Rehearsals are held Mondays at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Chestertown.

The Chester River Chorale performances entertain diverse audiences and enrich the cultural life of the community. It is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by the Kent County Arts Council and by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. For more information visit www.chesterriverchorale.org or call 410–810–1438.

Chester River Chorale Spring Season Begins

The Chester River Chorale is welcoming new and returning members for its upcoming performance season. Everyone who loves to sing is invited to join in song on Monday, January 3. Following on the heels of two sold-out performances of A Chestertown Holiday, the CRC will be preparing for upcoming concerts in March and May.

Rehearsals are held Mondays from 7 to 9:15 p.m. at First United Methodist Church on the corner of High and Mill Streets in Chestertown. Registration for both new and returning members begins at 6 p.m. on January 3.

There is no audition for membership in this 75-voice chorus. The goal of the CRC is to offer a comfortable situation for singers of all levels of ability to enjoy singing while developing their musical skills and knowledge.

Interested singers may audition for a smaller ensemble, the Chester Chamber Singers, drawn from the CRC membership. This group meets for extra rehearsals to tackle more challenging music.

Now in its 12th year, the CRC is directed by Douglas D. Cox, former Assistant Director of the Soldiers’ Chorus of the United States Army Band. Sammy Marshall, who continues to work with the Field Band, worked with Cox for 12 years as accompanist for the Soldiers’ Chorus and serves as the CRC’s Accompanist.

On Friday, March 18, the CRC will present Welcome Spring! at Kent County High School. Falling on the weekend of the vernal equinox, the program will celebrate the reawakening of spring—and, of course, the season of love. The CRC will be joined by several guest artists performing “The Spring,” the first movement of Joseph Haydn’s oratorio The Seasons. The subject of courtly love will add a little heat to the evening with the music of Richard Rodgers, Leonard Bernstein, and others.

On Friday, May 27, the CRC will help kick off the Chestertown Tea Party with a concert at the Prince Theatre on the theme of Independence Forever! This performance will feature diverse music of our national political and cultural heritage and will include a special guest artist—local Gospel singer, Karen Somerville.

For student singers, the CRC offers two kinds of scholarships. Scholarships for high school and college students are available without audition to cover the membership fee of $40 per semester. Larger scholarships are also available for qualified college students by audition. Interested students should contact CRC for more information.

The Chester River Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by the Kent County Arts Council and by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The CRC’s Mission is to provide opportunity and inspiration for amateur singers to strive for artistic excellence. CRC performances entertain diverse audiences and enrich the cultural life of the community. For more information visit www.chesterriverchorale.org or call 410–810–1438.

Chester River Chorale Presents “A Chestertown Holiday”

Singing for the joy of it, the Chester River Chorale will present its winter season program celebrating both the beginning of the Christmas season and the eight days of Hanukkah on Friday, December 3, at 8 p.m., and Sunday December 5, at 3 p.m.

The 75-member Chorale, now under the direction of Douglas Cox, former assistant conductor of the Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band, will be joined by Cantor Gary Schiff, a brass and percussion ensemble, and organ played by Chorale accompanist Sammy Marshall for the concerts at Hotchkiss Recital Hall in Washington College’s Gibson Center for the Arts.

The program will include music of both the Christian and Jewish traditions to jointly mark the December 25th Nativity and the eight-day Festival of Lights starting at sundown December 1. The audience will be invited to join in celebrating the season with a sing-along of familiar carols, including “I Saw Three Ships,” “O Christmas Tree,” and “White Christmas.”

Following a solo by oboist, Emily Madsen, the voices of the Chorale’s Chamber Singers will hail the season Gospel-style.

Tickets are $15 and may be purchased in Chestertown at Compleat Bookseller, Towne Stationers, and Scottie’s; in Galena at Galena Pharmacy, and in Rock Hall at Java Rock. There is no charge for children under twelve.

The membership of the Chorale is open to any of any ability who love to sing. It is made up primarily of residents of Kent and Queen Anne’s counties.

Chorale Director Cox, who replaced Ann C. Turpin earlier this year after she retired from her Chorale post and he retired from the Army, noted that the weekend of the concerts “marks the concurrence of two important religious observances: the Christian Advent Season, the beginning of the liturgical year; and the Hanukkah Festival of Lights, of Jewish tradition. Both recall stories of deliverance from darkness and oppression through miraculous Divine intervention.”

In addition, Cox said, “December is the month when communities draw together through all sorts of cultural ties that go beyond religious experience and reaffirm the highest of all values: Love and Care for one another; and the desire for Peace. This program touches on those beliefs and values that intertwine diverse faiths and cultural groups. It reminds us that at our deepest core there are common elements that connect us.”

The Chester River Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization funded in part by the Kent County Arts Council and by an operating grant from the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The CRC’s Mission is to provide opportunity and inspiration for amateur singers to strive for artistic excellence. CRC performances entertain diverse audiences and enrich the cultural life of the community. For more information visit www.chesterriverchorale.org or call 410–810–1438.