For those who had to memorize and possibly recite a poem by Robert Frost in elementary school, the Greeley Chorale has a treat in store for you! Six classic Frost poems have been set to music by Randall Thompson, creating the Frostiana Suite, one of the centerpieces of A Choral Potpourri, the season kickoff concert for The Greeley Chorale. These works, along with a wide variety of others will be presented by the Chorale on Saturday, October 21, at 7:30 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 2101 16th Street in Greeley.
The Chorale’s program will also include works by Jean Sibelius, Eric Whitaker, and David Frost, who composed a “mash-up” of the Hallelujah chorus from Messiah and When the Saints Go Marching In, which is sure to be memorable. There’s also Circus Band, a work by Charles Ives, a composer known for sheer musical fun.
As they have done many times before, the Chorale will be joined by the Greeley Children’s Chorale for this concert. The children will perform several numbers of their own, and join the Chorale for Circus Band and Every Child of God, a work composed by Greeley native Nathan Howe, who was also once a member of both the Children’s Chorale and the adult Chorale.
The rest of the 53rd season includes Fa-La-La-Le-Lujah! on Saturday, December 16th at 7:30 p.m. in the Union Colony Civic Center. Warm up your vocal cords and bring your scores, because part of this concert is a Messiah sing-along! In addition, there will be lots of traditional holiday music. This concert is produced in cooperation with the Union Colony Civic Center, and is sponsored by Good Samaritan Greeley Communities.
Next up is Pops & Pasta!, a perennial favorite of Northern Colorado audiences. This fundraiser for the Greeley Chorale Tour Fund is Saturday, February 24, 2018, at the Greeley Recreation Center, 651 10th Avenue in downtown Greeley. Chorale members provide the cabaret-style show, performing as soloists, duos, and small ensembles, as well as the full Chorale. The singers also perform as servers and kitchen staff. One of NorthernColorado’s most unique Silent Auctions rounds out this event. Pops & Pasta! has seatings at 1 and 6 p.m., and is already well on the way to another sellout!
One of America’s greatest statesmen provides the inspiration for the centerpiece of the Chorale’s spring concert, One Nation, Indivisible, on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at First United Methodist Church in Downtown Greeley. Testament of Freedom, a work by American composer Randall Thompson, set to the powerful words of Thomas Jefferson, is this concert’s focal point, along with spiritual arrangements from the 19th century and more contemporary settings, as well.
Tickets for all events are available through the UCCC at 356-5000, or online through www.greeleychorale.org. The Chorale’s 53rd season is funded in part through a grant from Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as Media Underwriter The Greeley Tribune.