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  • Spring 2012 Concert Hightlights - America The Beautiful

    The 60-voice Laurel Lake Encore Chorale performed a Spring Concert at Laurel Lake Retirement Community in Hudson on June 4, 2012, joined by a 16-member guest ensemble from the Western Reserve Community Band. Here, the Encore Chorale performs "America the Beautiful" arranged by Joubert.

  • Holiday Concert Season is Underway!

    The Holiday Tradition Continues!
    In true harmonious form, the Encore Chorales have begun the 2012 Holiday Concert Season. All thirteen Chorales will perform throughout the month of December in the MD/VA/DC area. Be sure to check the schedule below to see when they are going to perform in your area. All concerts are free and open to public except those noted.
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    Date Time Location Chorales Singing
    Saturday Dec. 1 3:00 pm Patuxent Presbyterian
    Church

    23421 Kingston Creek Rd, California, MD VIEW CONCERT PHOTOS HERE
    AACC and Southern Maryland Encore Chorales  
    Thursday Dec 6 7:30 pm Smithsonian Encore Chorale
    Tuesday Dec 11 4:00 pm Potomac Academy/
    The Woodlands,
    Fairfax, VA
    The Potomac Academy of GMU at The Woodlands
    Tuesday Dec 11 7:30 pm
    Goodwin House, Bailey's Crossroads Falls Church, VA   Goodwin House and Langston Brown Encore Chorales Performance for Goodwin House residents only
    Wednesday Dec 12 7:30 pm Leisure World of Virginia
    Lansdowne, VA
    Leisure World Encore Chorale
    Performance for Leisure World residents only
    Saturday Dec 15  3:00 pm
    Kenmore Middle School Arlington, VA
    200 South Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA
    All Virginia Chorales
    Sunday Dec 16 3:00 pm All Maryland Chorales
    Tuesday Dec 18 7:30 pm Goodwin House, Alexandria, VA Goodwin House and Langston Brown Encore Chorales

    Performance for Goodwin House residents only
    Wednesday Dec 19 7:30 pm AACC and Southern Maryland Chorales
    Thursday Dec. 20 7:00 pm Asbury Methodist Village
    Rosborough Theatre,  
    409 Russell Ave
    Gaithersburg, MD  
    Asbury Methodist Village Encore Chorale
    Sunday
    Dec. 23
    6:00 pm All Encore Chorales
  • Encore Announces Holiday Concert Schedule

    The Holiday Tradition Continues! Mark Your Calendar
    In true harmonious form, the Encore Chorales have released the 2012 Holiday Concert Schedule. All thirteen Chorales will perform throughout the month of December in the MD/VA/DC area. Be sure to check the schedule below to see when they are going to perform in your area. All concerts are free and open to public except those noted.
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    Date Time Location Chorales Singing
    Saturday
    Dec. 1
    3:00 pm
    Patuxent Presbyterian
    Church, 23421 Kingston Creek Rd,
    California, MD
    AACC and Southern Maryland Encore Chorale
     
    Thursday
    Dec 6
    7:30 pm Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
    Smithsonian Encore Chorale
    Tuesday
    Dec 11
    7:30 pm
     
    Goodwin House and Langston Brown Encore Chorales
    Performance for Goodwin House residents only
    Tuesday
    Dec 11
     4:00 pm Woodlands Retirement Community, Fairfax, VA Potomac Academy at GMU Encore Chorale
    Wednesday
    Dec 12
    7:30 pm
    Leisure World
    Lansdowne, VA
    Leisure World Encore Chorale
    Performance for Leisure World residents only
    Wednesday
    Dec 12
    2:00 pm 
    Solomons, MD
    Asbury Residents Only
    Southern Maryland Encore Chorale
    Saturday
    Dec 15 
    3:00 pm
    Arlington, VA
    200 South Carlin Springs Rd. Arlington, VA
    All Virginia Chorales
    Sunday
    Dec 16
    3:00 pm

    Asbury Methodist Village Chorale
    Myerberg Chorale
    Washington Conservatory - Glen Echo Chorale
    Schweinhaut
    Chorale

    Tuesday
    Dec 18
    7:30 pm
    Goodwin House and Langston Brown Encore Chorales

    Performance for Goodwin House residents only
    Wednesday
    Dec 19
    7:30 pm
    AACC and Southern Maryland Chorales
    Thursday
    Dec. 20
    7:00 pm
    Asbury Encore Chorale
    Rosborough Theatre,  
    409 Russell Ave
    Gaithersburg, MD
     
    Asbury Methodist Village Encore Chorale
    Sunday
    Dec. 23
    6:00 pm
    All Encore Chorales
  • A Grand Time in Chautauqua!

    01-dsc01794-1Chautauqua 2012 Participants Gather Before the Athenaeum Hotel

    The fifth annual Encore Institute at Chautauqua was a huge success,  with over 80 older adults from around the country in attendance, enjoying creativity in choral singing, dance/movement and theatre.  Chautauqua is the perfect location to create and learn under the very best professional teaching artists, allowing participants to perfect their chosen track of singing, movement or theatre, and explore outside of their areas. The faculty included Dr. John Barry Talley, retired Director of Musical Activities at the United States Naval Academy and Encore chorale co-conductor along with Jeanne Kelly, Founder of Encore.  Dr. Stu Kandell, Founder of Stagebridge Theatre and David Barnet of the University of Canada directed the theatre students and Shula Strassfeld of The Dance Exchange led the movement students.  Peg Barrett, Chautauqua physical education teacher, led the morning movement class along with Shula Strassfeld.  Each day began with a movement class, followed by full rehearsals in all areas. Afternoon exploration classes were offered in voice, theatre and movement, followed by full rehearsals.  Participants were happily busy learning new technique in their crafts, studying scripts, learning new music, and creating dance pieces.  With education the major thrust of the institute, students were also engaged in preparing for their final Encore Institute grand finale concert.

    To provide a complete Chautauqua experience, Encore presented the West Shore Piano Trio in performance, brilliantly performing the Debussy Piano Trio, Four Seasons by  Astor Piazzolla, and Paul Schoenfield Café Music to a large and very appreciative audience.  Encore also took great pleasure in presenting the Young People’s Chorus of Erie in concert.  These talented young singers, fresh off the World Choir Games with a Gold and Silver medal, gave an excellent and spirited performance.  Shula Strassfeld of Dance Exchange performed a hauntingly beautiful dance outdoors, on the porch of the Athenaeum Hotel.  The dance was set on Rachel Carson, the Founder of the contemporary environmental movement.

    The Athenaeum Hotel provided accommodations and creative and delectable food for the participants.  Every evening the hotel porch provided a lovely setting for participants to enjoy wine and splendid views overlooking the lake...a perfect end to perfect days.

    The grand finale concert was a fabulous ending to six days of learning and creating.  The singers performed “Amanti Constanti”  from The Marriage of Figaro by W.A Mozart,  O Light, Awaken by Mark Patterson, “Appalachian Celebration” incorporation Wildwoon Flower, He’s Gone Away and Sourwood Mountain  arranged by Earlene Rentz,  and “And So I Sing”  by Linda Spevacek.   Their choral sound was rich and beautiful and the singers performed with energy and passion and brilliant articulation.The theatre students presented varied and excellent scenes to the delight of all.   And the movement students danced their  creative pieces with  passion and grace.All the participants joined forces for grand performance of “Westside Story” selections arranged by Dr. John B. Talley.  The performance was electrifying.  It was truly a memorable experience for students, instructors and the large appreciative audience.  There could not have been a better way to end our Encore Institute at Chautauqua.

    VIEW PHOTO GALLERY (PART 1) HERE

    VIEW PHOTO GALLERY (PART 2) HERE

  • Back at Full Speed - But Faster

    jk_blog_photoAs I was putting drops of “Calm  Down” in  Spencer and Spicy’s water bowl this morning, I thought maybe I should put some of that calming and de-stressing liquid in my water bottle! Smile

    This week has been incredibly busy with Encore opening thirteen area Encore Chorales, including our two new chorales at Asbury Methodist Village in Gaithersburg and Leisure World in Leesburg, VA.  And this comes directly after we had a spectacular six days at our Encore Institute at Chautauqua. 

    It has been truly wonderful to welcome returning singers, but also many new singers.  Word is out.  Encore is a buzz word. 

    We now have five conductors including myself………very capable conductors sharing the same excitement as I do for Encore.  And I am always anxious to see how the singers respond to my repertoire choice.  Judging from the smiles and the very spirited rehearsals, I think the repertoire is perfect.

    Our summer institutes always generate interest to start Encore Chorales in other parts of the country.  I will be travelling to Reading, PA in a few weeks to interview conductors there.  Our goal is to have an Encore Chorale in every state. 

    I have been helped tremendously by my new assistant, Amy Dowell.  She calms me, steers me and supports me.  

    Upward and onward.  Life is good.  Now if those little Osprey would just fly to their winter home in South America and stop eating fish while sitting on top of our sailboat mast!  Nothing like going on board and finding fish tails, etc.!!

  • French River Cruise 2012 - Nice

     

  • PHOTOS: Encore 2012 Summer Institute at Chautauqua - Part 1

    Part 1 of photo highlights of Encore's Summer Institute at Chautauqua Institution, August 26-31, 2012.  Click on photo to open album, then click on right side of photo to advance to the next.

    Photos courtesy of Harold Miner - Thank you!

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    CLICK HERE TO VIEW PART 2.

  • PHOTOS: Encore 2012 Summer Institute at Chautauqua - Part 2

    Part 2 of photo highlights of Encore's Summer Institute at Chautauqua Institution, August 26-31, 2012.  Click on photo to open album, then click on right side of photo to advance to the next.

    Photos courtesy of Harold Miner - Thank you!

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    CLICK HERE TO VIEW PART 1