Exciting events for the 2015-16 Choir Season

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#TBT picture of the Salt Lake Children’s Choir ready to perform at Abravanel Hall in Salt Lake City.

The Salt Lake Children’s Choir is entering its 36th season next month.  The immediate future is just as exciting as many of those 35 years.   Looking Ahead–

  • Auditions (for musicians 8 to 15 years of age) are now being scheduled
  •  (call 801-537-1412 for an appointment)
  • Feature performance for Utah’s choral conductors at the inaugural Utah Convention  of the American Choral Directors Association on  September 19 (Libby Gardner Hall).
  • Commemoration performance with Igor and Vesna Gruppman and Karina  Rafael on October 10 (First Presbyterian Church).
  • Traditional Christmas Concerts (Cathedral of the Madeleine) first weekend in   December  (recorded for local and national broadcast)
  • International Choral Festival and Competition (March 2016).  More details on the Interkultur web site.

If you have a child who likes to sing, or know a child who might be interested, please don’t hesitate to set up an audition and to share this information.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Pacific Boychoir – Joint Appearance this week

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The Pacific BoyChoir. Photo from www.pacificboychoir.org

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

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:

A rose in stained glass.

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.