Chorale Launches 61st Season with Oktoberfest and Reformers & Rebels Concert
The Colorado Springs Chorale proudly announces the launch of its 61st performance season with an Oktoberfest event on Oct. 6 from 6 to 10pm, and its fall concert entitled, "REFORMERS & REBELS: Music for a Changing Tide," on Friday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m. at First United Methodist Church in downtown Colorado Springs. The concert features the Chorale and the Chamber singers with a professional orchestra in music of Bach and Monteverdi, along with popular spirituals, and contemporary selections by Ives, Whitacre and Barnett.
"Reformers & Rebels deals with revolutions large and small," says artistic director Deborah Jenkins Teske, "from the sweeping historical impact of the Lutheran Reformation, marking 500 years next month, as well as its influence on centuries of choral literature, to the secret rebellion of the Underground Railroad, to Leonardo da Vinci's fertile imagination and his visions of flying." Highlights include excerpts from the Lutheran Bach cantatas, including Ein' feste Burg ("A Mighty Fortress"). The Chamber Singers of the Chorale will perform Eric Whitacre's creative tour de force Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine, and the concert will feature vibrant arrangements of traditional African American spirituals, and works by Charles Ives, Claudio Monteverdi, and Carol Barnett. Refreshments served following the concert.
Releasing Creativity by Miranda Teske
WHAT: REFORMERS & REBELS CONCERT: Music for a Changing Tide
WHEN: Friday, October 13th at 7:30 pm
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 420 N. Nevada Ave.
The Chorale's Oktoberfest on October 6 will take place at Tap Traders, a new taproom-restaurant in the historiCal Alexander Film Studios building. The event supports the work of the Chorale, and will feature German fare such as bratwurst, potato salad, cucumber salad, pretzels and apple strudel. Plan on singing some drinking songs with members of the Chorale! $35 admission includes food and ticket for one beer. Cash bar available.
WHAT: OKTOBERFEST WITH THE CHORALE
WHEN: Friday, October 6th from 6pm to 10pm
WHERE: Tap Traders, 3104 N. Nevada Ave.
Founded in 1956, the Colorado Springs Chorale is the oldest continuously-performing community organization for vocal artists in the state of Colorado. The Chorale and its outreach arm, the Chamber Singers of the Colorado Springs Chorale, contribute to the cultural richness of the Pikes Peak Region while providing an artistically rewarding choral experience for talented vocalists. The 120-voice Chorale functions as the premier symphonic chorus for the Pikes Peak region. Each season, the Chorale performs at its independently-produced concerts, and it also collaborates with ensembles in the region, including the Colorado Springs Philharmonic, the Chamber Orchestra of the Springs, the Air Force Band of the Rockies, Opera Theatre of the Rockies and others.
The heart and soul of the Chorale is its auditioned singing membership. The group is comprised of a cadre of dedicated volunteers-from young adults to retirees and from all walks of life-who participate in the Chorale's work for the sheer love of their art. They are each well-trained in choral singing and musicianship, and give many hours of rehearsal to the perfecting of each concert. The Chorale sings a wide range of classical, contemporary and international music, including the masterworks of the choral repertoire. With its high caliber of vocal artistry and musicianship, it rivals professional choruses around the world.