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  • Encore Chorale Comes to Springfield, VA

    Watch for details about Encore's newest Chorale, coming to Springfield, Virginia in September 2011!


  • New Programs for Summer 2011

  • Encore Chorale Comes to Columbia, MD!

    Watch for details about Encore's newest Chorale, coming to Columbia, Maryland in September 2011!


  • From Broadway to Balmoral: Encore Chorale Spring Concert

    May 5, 2011 -- The Laurel Lake Encore Chorale, featuring singers age 55 and older from Hudson and neighboring cities, will present its Spring Concert on Monday May 23 at 7 p.m. at Laurel Lake, 200 Laurel Lake Drive in Hudson.

    Joining the Chorale will be guest artists Gregory Fiocca, Principal Cellist of Akron Baroque, and tenor Ryan Michaels .

    This year’s concert will feature a salute to Rodgers and Hammerstein on Broadway; the music of Ireland and Scotland, including “O Danny Boy,” a choral setting of Robert Burns’ “A Red, Red Rose” with cello and violin, and “Wi’ A Hundred Pipers” with snare drum and flute; and inspirational songs such as “The Mighty Power of God” by Mark Hayes, “Endless Song/How Can I Keep from Singing?,” and “You Raise Me Up” performed by Ryan Michaels.

    A highlight of the evening will be two cello solos by Gregory Fiocca: “The Swan” from The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns, and Vocalise by Rachmaninoff.

    gregoryfioccaGregory Fiocca is Principal Cellist of Akron Baroque and Mastersingers Inc. of Northern Ohio. His 25-year career includes an eclectic blend of performances ranging from orchestral, chamber music and solo to Broadway shows, jazz, and rock. He has served as Principal Cellist of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, Pro Musica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus, and Assistant Principal Cellist with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony and Renaissance City Chamber Players of Detroit. Fiocca taught cello at Allegheny College and Western Reserve Academy, and now maintains a private studio in Kent. He holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from The Juilliard School where he was a student of Leonard Rose and Channing Robbins.

    ryan-michaelsRyan Michaels, tenor, is a Vocal Performance major at The University of Akron, and the grandson of an Encore Chorale member. This aspiring singer, songwriter, actor and dancer has played leading roles in high school and community theater productions of Les Miserables, Oklahoma, South Pacific and Man of La Mancha. He has won numerous awards including Akron Idol First Runner Up at First Night Akron 2010; Best Male Soloist, 2009 All Arts Show Choir Classic; and Best Male Vocalist, 2006 New York Show Choir Competition. Michaels has performed at the Akron Civic Theatre, House of Blues and many other venues, and was a 6-year member of ETC All American Show Choir.

    Audience members are invited to join the performers for light refreshments following the concert, which is free and open to the public. For more information, call Donna Anderson at 330-655-1436 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    The Laurel Lake Encore Chorale, under the direction of Donna Anderson, rehearses weekly and performs several concerts each year. The Chorale was the first national affiliate of Encore Creativity for Older Adults www.encorecreativity.org , established in 2007 to provide an excellent artistic environment for adults 55 and over, regardless of experience or ability, who seek performance opportunities under a professional artist. Today, Encore choral and dance programs are offered in Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. Encore’s combined chorales (500 singers) have performed concerts at The Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, and the White House Conference on Aging. Each year, Encore conducts summer "sleepaway" choral camps for older adults at the famed Chautauqua Institution, New York, and at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Encore also hosts Singing at Sea cruises.

  • Spring Concert Blog



    ARLINGTON, VA, MAY 6, 2011: The Virginia Encore Chorales presented a spectacular “From Berlin to Beatles” concert on Friday, May 6 at 7:30pm in the Washington-Lee High School Auditorium.  The singers wowed their audience of 350 concert goers.  They began with an energetic and spirited spiritual Great Getting’Up Mornin’ arranged by Donald Moore and the singers were off to a fabulous start. The audience was indeed in for a “great getting up concert”.   They followed with two settings of Allelujia, sung beautifully with a focused tone and excellent phrasing.   Festival Alleluiaby Roger Emerson showed excellent diction and phrasing and Alleluia 2004 by Tom Benjamin displayed musical phrasing,  exciting fortes and shimmering soft tones.   Closing the first part of the concert featured another spiritual , Great Day!

  • Concert Blog Continued

    adsc_0536WASHINGTON, DC, May 7, 2011: The Smithsonian Encore Chorale and singers from Washington Conservatory of Music Encore Chorale at Glen Echo performed a stunning concert at the beautiful National Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May 7 at 11am. The bright sun lit up the stained glass windows and the church acoustics really showed the singers off.   The repertoire, listed above, delighted the large and appreciative audience.   The singers sang with beautiful tone, exceptional diction,  and the entire concert was full of energy.   All the singers looked like they were thoroughly enjoying themselves and the applause was proof that they had truly performed an excellent concert. <CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY>>

    adsc_0634GLEN ECHO, MD, MAY 7, 2011: Some of the same singers at National Presbyterian Church drove up to Glen Echo Park in Bethesda to join the Washington Conservatory of Music Encore Chorale for a Saturday afternoon outdoor concert at the “Cuddle Up” pavilion.   It was a gorgeous sunny day and the singers had a blast performing for their audience.   Their smiles, enthusiasm and great sound said it all.    The park is a truly wonderful treasure.  The park hosts an arts education program and is known for its antique carousel, Spanish Ballroom and Historic electric streetcar. Encore’s concert in the park was a great way to end a fabulous day of singing. <<CLICK HERE FOR PHOTO GALLERY>>

    FAIRFAX, VA, MAY 10, 2011: On Tuesday, May 10, the Potomac Academy of GMU Encore Chorale gave a rousing performance at the Woodlands Retirement Community in Fairfax, VA.   They sang with such vibrancy and infectious spirit.   The audience loved them.   After the concert, Woodlands gave a lovely reception for the audience and singers.    It was a great way to end the season for the singers of Potomac Academy of GMU Encore Chorale. They couldn’t have done a better job.

    ALEXANDRIA, VA, MAY 10, 2011: The Encore Chorales of Goodwin House Alexandria, Goodwin House Baileys Crossroads, and Langston Brown were to perform a concert at Goodwin House Alexandria Tuesday evening, May 10.   But the singers arrived to find no electricity in the building.   So no concert.   What a huge disappointment for all the singers and audience!

    BALTIMORE, MD, MAY 11, 2011: Myerberg Encore Chorale and members of the AACC Encore Chorale gave a splendid concert at North Oaks Retirement Community on Wednesday, May 11. The audience loved the energized Irving Berlin melodies. The singers gave it their all and their efforts were very much appreciated. The singers broke out the straw hats for Doin’ What Comes Naturallyand some of the male singers wore black Army baseball hats to sing This is the Army. A great evening was enjoyed by both singers and audience.

    ARNOLD, MD, MAY 12, 2011: 130 singers from the Encore Chorales of AACC, Myerberg Senior Center, Scheinhaut Senior Center, Maryland residents of the Smithsonian Encore Chorale and Washington Conservatory of Music at Glen Echo came together to perform a fabulous concert at Pascal Center for Performing Arts on the campus of Anne Arundel Community College. Their large audience loved the high energy, wonderful full sound and pure delight from the singers. Guest artists were the Heart of Maryland Encore Chorale conducted by Glenn Phillips. The men sang delightful barbershop tunes and the audience particularly enjoyed the patriotic medley. Another truly great evening for Encore!

    BALTIMORE, MD, MAY 15, 2011: The beautiful St. Vincent’s de Paul Roman Catholic Church of downtown Baltimore hosted the Myerberg and AACC Encore Chorales for an Encore concert on Sunday afternoon, May 15.  The acoustics showed off the singers beautifully.  The sound was rich, full and the articulation was excellent.  It was a grand setting for Encore and the audience showed their appreciation with broad smiles and thunderous applause.  Another great concert!

    AKRON, OH, MAY 23, 2011: Encore’s affiliate chorale of Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson, Ohio, gave a wonderful and inspiring concert on Monday, May 23, 2011.  The 45 singers performed to a standing room only audience and performed beautifully under the direction of Donna Anderson.   The evening opened with the singers performing Rodgers & Hammerstein on Broadway.  The energy level was high, the sound full, the diction clear and everyone was glued to their conductor.    Ryan Michaels, a young tenor from The University of Akron , performed a lovely rendition of You Raise Me Up.   His clear, beautiful voice rang out. LAUREL LAKE CONTINUES HERE

  • I'm Back!

    JK_Boat_042509You haven’t heard from me in a while.    I have been a little busy preparing my fabulous Encore Chorale singers for their concerts.   We have performed three concerts thus far and they have been spectacular.   They could not have gone any better.   I have loved every note,  and we sure sing a lot of notes!  Seven more to go!

     And I have been busy with the Encore Chorale Institute at St. Mary’s College of Maryland.   This will be our biggest at St. Mary’s!   Very exciting.   The music will be fun and I have lined up wonderful evening concerts.   I am really looking forward to going to St. Mary’s!

     The Chesapeake Bay is so beautiful in the spring.    Larry and I just had our screened-in porch redone, so now we feel we are sitting outside, even though we are screened in with no bugs.   A few evenings ago,  we were sitting outside in our neighbor’s garden and we were all crazy with the “no see-um”bugs! They drive you crazy.   They are so tiny, yet with a nasty little bite.   So I love our porch.   No bugs!   This morning I went out on the porch and there he was:  A deer was in the neighbor’s yard.  He startled me and I startled him.   He ran fast.    What a wonderful thing to wake up to.

    We are truly lucky to live here.   Watching the osprey pick up big twigs to carry to their nests is fascinating.   Sometimes the twigs are just too heavy and they drop them.   Their nests are amazing.   They are built to withstand mighty winds.   Now the momma osprey are sitting in their nests waiting for their young to be born.   An article in the Washington Post this am said that an osprey set up a nest on a crane down on the DC waterfront.   You just cannot disturb an osprey nest, so they have to postpone their work.   They will have a long wait!

     I hope all you mommies - and grandmommies - had a great Mother’s Day.  I sure did!   I was with my lovely daughters and of course my precious little grandson, Lucas.   Life couldn’t be better!

  • Two to Go!

    JK_Boat_042509Eight down…….two to go.  The Encore Chorale concerts have been completely over the top.  The singers have given it their all.  The energy level has been more that I thought they could muster.  Evidently it takes a huge audience to make these singers really perform.  I have loved every minute of the concerts.

     We finally have the sails up!  Hooray!  Now Larry is working on the teak.  That is a huge job but Cantabile has to look perfect.  You all know me with perfection.  It is not an option!!!

    I will have to go up the bos'n chair to fix the Lazy Jack system, but I really kinda like going up the mast.  My neighbors probably get a real hoot out of that.  

     Our gardens are looking …… perfect, also.  It is hard work but I love looking at them.  I think I will treat myself a visit to the flower nursery this afternoon to buy some lantana for our front garden.  That always looks gorgeous.

     Last night we sat out on our screened in porch during a thunderstorm.  Then we were rewarded with a beautiful rainbow.  Ahhhh life is good!

  • PHOTOS: Glen Echo Chorale Concert May 7, 2011

    The Glen Echo Chorale performed on their "home court" May 7, 2011 at historic Glen Echo Park.  The Glen Echo Chorale is a program of the Washington Conservatory of Music.  Click on the photo below to launch the gallery, then click on the right side of the picture to advance to the next one.


  • PHOTOS: Smithsonian Chorale May 7, 2011

    The Encore Smithsonian Chorale performed a memorable concert at the National Presbyterian Church on Saturday, May7, 2011.  View photo gallery by clicking on the picture below, then click on the right side of each picture to advance to the next:


  • PHOTOS: Washington-Lee High School Spring 2011

    Approximately 170 Encore Chorale singers from the Virginia and Smithsonian Chorales performed at the Washington-Lee High School on Friday, May 6, 2011. The Washington-Lee HS Jazz Band also provided a rousing performance. Click on picture below to launch slide show, then click on the right side of the photo to advance to the next.