Spring Concerts May 1 & 2, 2015

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To help you get in the mood for our concerts tomorrow and Saturday (May 1 & 2, 2015, 7:30 p.m. ), here is a clip of the Choir performing Ralph B. Woodward’s setting of Laudate Dominum two years ago in the same venue – the lovely First Presbyterian Church on South Temple in Salt Lake City.  This year you can hear Mozart’s setting of Laudate Dominum as well as many other immortal musical treasures.  For additional information about what’s on the program and ticket information please see this post.  The Choir looks forward to singing for you!

Spring Concerts 2015

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Mark your calendars!

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The Salt Lake Children’s Choir, under the direction of Ralph B. Woodward, will celebrate its 35th Anniversary Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2 at 7:30 PM in the First Presbyterian Church (South Temple and ‘C’Street).  The program will include J. S. Bach’s much-loved “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” the sublime “Laudate Dominum” of Mozart,” Franz Schubert’s immortal “To Music,” Benjamin Britten’s setting of the wistful Scottish “Ca’ the Yowes,” “Echoes of Armenia” by Karine Rafael, and traditional spirituals, “Deep River” and “Let Me Fly.” Also heard will be musical treasures from Russia, Switzerland, Namibia and Venezuela–along with Woodward’s own “Peasant Dance” and “Desert Eyes.”

Guest artists are Armenian piano virtuosa, Karine Rafael and jazz greats, Craig and Matt Larson–who will join the choir on the Duke Ellington standard, “I’m Just a Lucky So-and-So.”  The evening will conclude with combined choirs singing “Look to the Rainbow” (from the Broadway musical, Finnegan’s Rainbow), “The Lord Is My Shepherd” and the choir’s traditional “A Day in Spring” joined by choir alumni.

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Sunset during the Spring Concert 2013.

Tickets: $10 ($6 students/children).

Advance tickets available from choir members, at Day Murray Music or online here.  Tickets can also be purchased at the door on the nights of the concert.

Please note that admission limited to those over age 6.  Those desiring further information are invited to call 801-537-1412.  Please share this post to help us reach a wider audience.

* Also noted that the choir is currently scheduling auditions and a sign-up sheet for an audition appointment will be on hand at the concerts.

Support the Choir during “Love UT Give UT”

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On March 26, 2015, Love UT Give UT will bring Utahns together for 24 hours of unprecedented giving to some of our community’s premier nonprofit organizations.

We encourage you to make a donation of $10 or more to The Salt Lake Children’s Choir.

Give online through the Choir’s special “Love Utah Give UT” website .  Make your donation on March 26, or, if you prefer, click here now and schedule your donation for March 26.

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Smiling singers from the Salt Lake Children’s Choir, Cathedral of the Madeleine Christmas 2014.

Thank you for your generous support of arts education for children in our community.

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Performance Today

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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!

Family Christmas Concert 2014

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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.

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Smiling singers from the Salt Lake Children’s Choir, Christmas 2014.

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.

Christmas 2014 – Program Notes

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A few notes from Ralph B. Woodward about selections on the program for this year’s Cathedral Concerts:

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A rose in stained glass.

The only piece the choir has sung every year since its inception is “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (Es is ein Ros entsprungen).  Apart from its sheer beauty, it seems to have a particular ability bridge the centuries.  Although relatively young in terms of the entire Christian Era (having first appeared around 1600), it is one of the the earlier carols which we sing, and when we do so, I somehow sense we are joining our voices with those of ages past. 

I grew up hearing my mother, a gifted singer and voice teacher, sing the beautiful ” Le sommeil de l’Enfant Jesus (Berceuse pour al Nuit de Noel) by Henri Büsser.   Years later, after founding the choir, I suddenly remembered the piece, asked her about it, and upon locating it, adapted it for use by our choir.  This piece, to which we often refer as simply “Berceuse”, or lullaby, has proven to be a stirring high point of our Christmas concerts ever since.

Other long-standing traditions of our Christmas concerts are the special descants which are sung with the audience at the end of our concerts.  The one to “Silent Night” is partially derived from one my mother created and sang and, as far as I remember, was sung along with our newly-composed “O Come, All Ye Faithful” descant at our inaugural concert in 1979.  Our other carol descants were added not many years later and are, themselves, part of a long-standing tradition.

 

30 Years of Cathedral Concerts

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Our 2014 Cathedral Concerts are barely more than a week away.

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Interior Photography of the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Photo by Pedro Szekely.

Did you know the Salt Lake Children’s Choir sang in the Cathedral of the Madeleine for the first time 30 years ago in 1984?   Here’s how Ralph B. Woodward, founder and director, remembers that concert:

It has occurred to me that this December marks the 30th Anniversary of our choir’s first performance in the Cathedral of the Madeleine.  We were still rather new then, and, of course, in awe of the Cathedral.  However, I thought the Cathedral would be the ideal setting for a wonderful work my father had performed at Brigham Young University back in 1955 ( just a couple of years following the work’s actual creation).  The piece, “Une Cantate de Noel” (or Christmas Story) by Swiss Composer, Arthur Honegger calls for full orchestra, mixed choir, baritone soloist, children’s choir, and organ.  I loved the piece – particularly the thrilling way the children’s voices were employed.  Now that I directed a children’s choir and since my father (now retired from BYU) still had the Ralph Woodward Chorale (a fine community ensemble),  I decided to approach Dr. David Dalton, then conductor of the Salt Lake Symphony about a joint performance.  He responded favorably and the orchestra later did, as well.  The next task was to approach then Cathedral Rector, M. Francis Mannion, about the idea–which he fully embraced. At the time, he was interested in opening up the cathedral to more community cultural events, and this suggestion came at the perfect time.

So, on Sunday, Dec. 2, 1984, the program was presented as follows:  

The Salt Lake Symphony, directed by Dr. Dalton opened the evening with the sublime “Adagio in G Minor” for strings and organ by Tomaso Albinoni.  We, The Salt Lake Children’s Choir, then gave unaccompanied  performances of the several carols which would later appear during the course of the Honegger work.  This was then followed by a very stirring performance of Arthur Honegger’s “Une Cantate de Noel,” conducted by my father, Dr. Ralph Woodward.  It was a glorious event for all present, and a wonderful beginning to our long association with the Cathedral of the Madeleine. 

Please join us this year to enjoy this beautiful Salt Lake tradition.  December 5 & 7th, 8:00 P.M. at the Cathedral of the Madeleine.

 

Christmas Past and Present

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Our 2014 Christmas Cathedral Concerts (details here!) are just around the corner on December 5th and 7th.   Something else to put on your Holiday calendar is a week’s worth of broadcasts from our friends at Classical 89 (KBYU radio).  Each day from December 8th to 12th, at 10:00 A.M. and 4:06 P.M. (just after the BBC news), Classical 89 will broadcast three selections from the live recordings of our 2013 Cathedral Concerts.   The listings for these broadcasts are already posted on Classical 89’s website.   Check there if you had a particular favorite last year that you’d love to hear again.   (The link jumps to the current day’s playlist.  You will have to hit “Next Day” until you come to the day you are interested in.)

If you’d like to have reminders to tune in – follow us on Facebook!

 

KUTV Holiday Pops Concert featuring The Salt Lake Children’s Choir

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2014 KUTV Holiday Pops Concert will feature the Salt Lake Children’s Choir as special guests.

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.