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  • Virginia Chorales Holiday 2012 Concert

    VIRGINIA CHORALES

    adsc_0102-1Virginia Encore ChoralesThe Virginia Encore Chorales including the Goodwin Houses of Alexandria and Baileys Crossroads, Langston Brown Senior Center, Potomac Academy of George Mason University, and Springfield presented their typical rousing and spirited holiday concert to a very captivated audience full of singers' children, grandchildren and friends.  Saturday, December 15 was a very difficult day for the country, as everyone had just learned about the horrific shootings in Connecticut. The singers lifted everyone’s spirits.  It was a true community, and very uplifting event that took thoughts off the unspeakable event.  The singers delivered their music with energy and heartfelt passion. Their rendition of Jingle Bells Hallelujah Chorus drew cheers.  In the Bleak Midwinter was especially beautiful and poignant.  Cellist Kimia Arsani, a student at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, played the cello obligato inHanukkah, a Season of Light, and added such warmth and inspiration to this piece of hope, piece and family.  Maribeth Gowen added great musical support at the piano.

    The Arlington Children’s Chorus, conducted by Kevin Carr, produced a heavenly and beautifully focused tone throughout their acappella performance.  Their repertoire included One Song by Jean and Alan Perry, Something Told the Wild Geese by Sherri Peterfield, Carol of the Fieldmice by Kenneth Grahame and Philip Ledger and concluded with an energetic Hine Ma Tov by Alan E. Naplan.  The children reminded everyone of the spirit of the season.  Their performance meant so much to everyone.

    Encore Chorale returned to the stage  with a very funny rendition of Twelve Days After Christmas, complete with very creative props. The concert ended with the very clever Christmas Goes Classical, much to the delight of the audience.   A great afternoon in Virginia!  VIEW PHOTOS HERE.

  • LAUREL LAKE CHORALE WELCOMES NEW SINGERS

    a9704_10151301719852365_1997774648_n-1-1The Laurel Lake Encore Chorale is recruiting new singers -- age 55 and older -- for its winter/spring 2013 season.

    The season starts Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. at Laurel Lake Retirement Community, 200 Laurel Lake Drive in Hudson.

    Under the direction of Donna Anderson, singers will learn about vocal technique and rehearse a repertoire that includes Aaron Copland's "Zion's Walls," "Simple Gifts" and "Ching A Ring Chaw"; Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band" in a lively medley with "Play A Simple Melody," "Blue Skies" and "Puttin' on the Ritz"; a lush arrangement for men's chorus of "Down In The Valley," and more.

    Two spring concert dates will be announced for late May.

    Encore Creativity for Older Adults is the nation's largest and fastest growing choral program for older adults. Encore stands for artistic excellence, physical and mental benefits, and the chance to socialize with people who love music. Encore Chorales are open to all singers age 55 and up who love to rehearse and perform four-part choral music.

    At Laurel Lake, Encore rehearses every Tuesday from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in the Community Room, with the first rehearsal set for Jan. 8. There are no auditions and participation is free. All singers, and especially men, are invited to join.

    Conductor Donna Anderson hummed her first Mozart melody at the age of five, and has sung in choirs ever since, including The Cleveland Orchestra's Blossom Festival Chorus.  Donna earned her BS in education at Kent State University where she also studied music.  A public relations specialist for Laurel Lake by day, Donna sings with The Stairwell Singers, a local ensemble, and has led the Laurel Lake Chorale for ten years.

    For more information, call Anderson at 330-285-7516.

  • Virginia Chorales Holiday 2012 Concert

    VIRGINIA CHORALES

    adsc_0102-1Virginia Encore ChoralesThe Virginia Encore Chorales including the Goodwin Houses of Alexandria and Baileys Crossroads, Langston Brown Senior Center, Potomac Academy of George Mason University, and Springfield presented their typical rousing and spirited holiday concert to a very captivated audience full of singers' children, grandchildren and friends.  Saturday, December 15 was a very difficult day for the country, as everyone had just learned about the horrific shootings in Connecticut. The singers lifted everyone’s spirits.  It was a true community, and very uplifting event that took thoughts off the unspeakable event.  The singers delivered their music with energy and heartfelt passion. Their rendition of Jingle Bells Hallelujah Chorus drew cheers.  In the Bleak Midwinter was especially beautiful and poignant.  Cellist Kimia Arsani, a student at Duke Ellington School for the Arts, played the cello obligato inHanukkah, a Season of Light, and added such warmth and inspiration to this piece of hope, piece and family.  Maribeth Gowen added great musical support at the piano.

    The Arlington Children’s Chorus, conducted by Kevin Carr, produced a heavenly and beautifully focused tone throughout their acappella performance.  Their repertoire included One Song by Jean and Alan Perry, Something Told the Wild Geese by Sherri Peterfield, Carol of the Fieldmice by Kenneth Grahame and Philip Ledger and concluded with an energetic Hine Ma Tov by Alan E. Naplan.  The children reminded everyone of the spirit of the season.  Their performance meant so much to everyone.

    Encore Chorale returned to the stage  with a very funny rendition of Twelve Days After Christmas, complete with very creative props. The concert ended with the very clever Christmas Goes Classical, much to the delight of the audience.   A great afternoon in Virginia!  VIEW PHOTOS HERE.

  • Maryland Chorales Holiday 2012 Concert

    Pascal Center Concert

    An overflowing audience at the December 19, 2012 Anne Arundel Community College Encore concert enjoyed the truly wonderful performance from the singers of AACC, Myerberg and Southern Maryland Encore Chorales.  Jingle Bells Hallelujah Chorus displayed excellent diction, lots of personality and loads of energy and set the stage for a memorable concert.  Their sound was full and warm.  All the selections were performed beautifully.  The singers were clearly on and enjoying themselves.  Adding to the joy of the evening was the Indian Creek School Solo Choir conducted by Jill Woodward.  Their selections included  Il Est bel et bon by P. Passereau, Notre Pere by Durufle, a very spirited Bonseby Aba Johnson, And Wherever You Go by D. Wagner and the charming Baby, It’s Cold Outside by F. Loesser.  The students with a crystal clear and well focused sound and added much to the concert.

    Encore returned to perform a very charismatic Twelve Days After Christmas to the laughter of the audience and finished the concert with an excellently executed Christmas Goes Classical.

    The Annapolis Capital named the concert a “top pick of the day”  and judging from the size of the audience and the top notch singing,  it was.  <VIEW PHOTOS HERE.>  <VIEW VIDEO OF PERFORMANCE HERE>