It was another busy concert season for the Encore Chorales!
Greater Reading Encore Chorale
Encore’s newest affiliate, Greater Reading Encore Chorale, performed their inaugural concert Sunday, April 28 at The Alsace Lutheran Church in Reading, PA. 25 very talented singers under the direction of David Rutt presented a splendid concert to a large and enthusiastic audience. The singers sang with a full, rich and well blended sound and were very attentive to their conductor. Their accompanist, Nana Rowley, was excellent and supportive.
The concert opened with a rousing Big City Sound arranged by Greg Gil. It set the stage for an exciting afternoon. Two Great Spirituals – Great Gettin’ Up and Great Day! were crisp and energetic. Concertschtick was a hilarious mix of old American tunes culminating with the Hallelujah Chorus. The singers gave it humor and energy and the audience loved it.
The Alsace Ringers, guest performers, were a wonderful addition to the concert. They were precise and they thoroughly enjoyed playing. Their repertoire included Song of Joy by Arnold Sherman, There’s a Song in the Air arr. By Barbara Baltzer Kinyon, When We All Get to Heaven by Emily D. Wilson, Sing Amen, Sing! Arr. By Derek Hakes and the Finale by Igor Stravinsky. It was exciting to hear that beautiful clear sound of a full bell choir fill the space.
The singers took center stage to present a rousing climax of patriotic music beginning with a sensitive and poignant singing of Americana by Luigi Zaninelli. Narrator Ken Sallade and Ed Greth and solo Nancy Davidson along with the chorale did a memorable performance of The Ones Left Standing. The audience loved this and clearly were moved by this piece. The conductor then asked the audience to sing along with a spirited Armed Forces Tribute, recognizing each branch of the service. The concert ended with a rousing and energetic Song For the Unsung Hero.
It was indeed a grand opening for the Greater Reading Encore Chorale. Encore salutes our newest addition. VIEW PHOTOS HERE.
Myerberg Encore Chorale
The Encore Chorale Spring Concert Season got underway on Thursday, April 18 with a concert at Myerberg Senior Center, featuring the Myerberg Encore Chorale and members of the Anne Arundel Community College Encore Chorale. The singers sang the repertoire of Ching-A-Ring Chaw, Simple Gifts, Zion’s Walls, Dream With Me, and Who Could Ask For Anything More? Their exciting and full sound filled the auditorium and delighted the audience. Cutoffs were sharp, diction was always spot on and the singers had fabulous time presenting their concert.