The first concert, a MasterWorks offering, is titled “A Celebration of the Seasons.” This concert is presented in collaboration with the Telluride Dance Academy and features a chamber orchestra of musicians from Grand Junction Symphony, The Mesa State Orchestra and the San Juan Symphony. It will feature new works by local conductor and composer Dr. David A. Lingle as well as favorites from noted composers Randall Thompson and Aaron Copland.
The works by Lingle include settings of the Ecclesiates 3 (“To everything thing there is a season…”) titled “A Time For Peace,” and poems by Telluride’s poet laureate, Rosemerry Trommer, titled “A Telluride Suite: Seasons at 8,750’.” The Thompson work features the last three movements of “A Psalm Of Thanksgiving.”
The Copland piece represents the Choral Society’s second collaboration with the Telluride Dance Academy in recent years. For this concert the Telluride Dance Academy is presenting a special dance interpretation of Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” This work is presented by special permission from the Aaron Copland Foundation and will be choreographed by Valerie Madonia.
This concert will be performed on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 2 at 3 p.m. at the Michael D. Palm Theatre.
Anyone interested in auditioning for the MasterWorks Chorale who has not done so in the past can contact Lingle at 728-3411 anytime before Wednesday, Sept. 10, when rehearsals begin at Christ Church at 5:45 p.m.
The second concert of the 2008-09 season, in mid December, is titled “’Tis the Season” and represents a return to the traditional WinterSing format. Highlights from the concert include “Deck The Halls in 7/8,” the John Rutter piece “Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind” and excerpts from the world famous oratorio by P. D. Q. Bach. The most time honored selection from this work is “If You’ve Got the Money Honey, I’ve Got the Thyme.”
The third concert in this year’s series is “Seasons of Love,” to be performed in the spring of 2009. Music in this concert will be familiar Broadway pieces about love. Other selections in this presentation will be taken from vintage Broadway seasons.
Youth choirs will be joining the adults for “Celebrate the Seasons” and for the WinterSing concert. They will present their own concert in May at the traditional KidSing event. Children interested in participating in the youth groups simply need to attend the first rehearsal and set up an appointment at that time. Some may wish to try-out after the first session on Monday, Sept. 8, at 5:30 p.m. in the high school band room for Omni Voce (middle school through high school). The Choristers first rehearsal will be Thursday, Sept. 11 in the elementary school music room at 3:30 p.m.
For any further information, contact the Telluride Choral Society at 728-3411.