Thursday, April 23, 2015

Sunday at Greenway Audtorium 4:00 pm

We've rehearsed and rehearsed so please join us for the concert.  You'll hear Dona Nobis Pacem, enjoy our small orchestra as it carries us through 38 minutes of unbelievably rich text and composition that addresses war, moves us toward reconciliation, and ends on the soprano's haunting plea for peace.  Soloists Loren Squires, baritone, and soprano Susan Loeffler sing like professionals.  Our orchestra is second to none and the choir itself has grown since that stellar spring concert last spring that launched our grand tour to Carnegie Hall in New York City.  At intermission we hope to share some of our best slides of our New York City time and we'd love to visit with you during the reception that follows the concert.  Tickets are free to children and veterans and only $10 for adults.  See you there!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

We're Back and Ready to Deliver. . .

The Carnegie Tour contingent is back and ready for an intense rehearsal with Director Sam Evans and the orchestra this evening.

Sunday at 4:00 in Greenway Auditorium the entire choir brings you New York New York, a concert of prayerful petition throughout Dona Nobis Pacem, Ralph Vaughen William's cantata, followed by the inspiring songs of Broadway.

Tickets (available at the door) are only $10 with complementary tickets to students and veterans, courtesy of a Lake Country Power Operation RoundUp grant.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Carnegie Hall--We Did It!

A week ago tonight 20 of us stepped onto the Carnegie Stage in New York City (along with 243 singers from across the nation) and performed Ralph Vaughen Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem.  Now we want to bring our experience back to you:

and share as much as we can at Greenway Auditorium next Sunday, April 26th at 4:00 pm.

We're still totally in awe of this powerful prayer for peace and our entire experience.  The Itasca Community Chorus Carnegie Tour 2015 was even more than Director Sam Evans promised.  I, for one, don't know how we can give you more, but we're going to try to complete a powerpoint from some of our best photos to show at intermission, deliver a second half of the concert with Broadway tunes and follow that with a reception.  That's $10 for adult tickets at the door with complementary veteran and student tickets courtesy of Lake Country Power.

This activity is brought to you in part by MN Legacy funds through a grant from Arrowhead Regional Arts Council. 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Opportunity and Challenge!

So here we are in NYC with a fabuous director in Trey Jacobs. Our rehearsals have been 4 intense hours of good choral work with detailed instruction on how to enunciate so the audience can understand and shape each phrase so just listening to tone communicates deep grief, terror, etc.  We've learned about echo consonants among other techniques.  The soprano soloist uses these to the point where her final "pacem" is delivered like a kiss. 

The frustrating part is that my electronics are not connecting and I can not share the fabuous photos being taken by our singers and VIPS.  For a taste try Facebook and ask to befriend Glenna Tolrud.  She and Connie Daigle's daughter Linnea have been in constant motion and recording the highlights with their cellphones.  We're hoping to create a power point to show some of these at our home concert in Greenway Auditorium, Sunday, Aprill 26th at 4:00 pm.  Tickets are on sale or from Itasca Community Choir members:  $10 for adults with students and veterans free courtesy of a Lake Country Power Opeation RoundUp grant. 

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

New York New York

April 8, 2015 at 6:00 am thirty-one Itasca Community Chorus singers and their supporters depart from Grand Rapids for Carnegie Hall in New York City.  There they will rehearse for 14 hours with Distinguished Choirs of New York City Director Trey Jacob as he brings 250 vocalists from around the nation and full orchestra together to perform Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem cantata on the Carnegie stage Sunday evening April 12. 

The event Itasca Community Chorus has worked long and hard for under the direction of Sam Evan and accompanist Stuart Boehr is days away, but before the cadre of singers departs, we have two intense rehearsals ahead.

Please follow us here, on twitter, and  Facebook as we share pictures and snippets of our New York tour.

In Awe

Last night Itasca Community Chorus rehearsed with the baritone and soprano soloists Loren Squires and Susan Saxhaug Loeffler.  The chorus was "in awe" to the point where Director Sam Evans first said, "Don't clap now" only moments later to say "You can clap now!"

Since Day 1 the chorus has been in awe of what accompanist Stuart Boehr does on the piano, but last night sent us out the door still singing.  Week by week the sections have gained in their ability to produce music some thought inaccessible to us.  Last night section leader Lenora Evans commented, "That was easy!" Until April 26th we will all work on that tricky timing or the unusual interval, but the key words here are "We will ALL work!"  And happily so. . .

Posters are out; tickets are on sale from choir members at $10 per adult so please reserve Sunday, April 26th on your calendar.  And allow a bit of extra time because this time we're performing Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem followed by hits from Broadway on the historic stage in Greenway at 4:00 pm.  Student, active military, and veteran tickets are free. Reception follows.

Saturday, March 21, 2015

New York New York

The long anticipated tour to Carnegie Hall in New York City is nearly here.  April 8 thirty-one singers and their supporters will depart Grand Rapids at 6:00 am.  Once there vocalists will mass with a national choir of 250 voices and full orchestra under the direction Trey Jacobs of New York City Choirs of Distinction to rehearse before performing Dona Nobis Pacem on the Carnegie stage Sunday, April 12.

Since January Itasca Community Chorus has been rehearsing not only Ralph Vaughan Williams' Prayer for Peace (Dona Nobis Pacem), but also Broadway hits from Mama Mia, Wicked, and Hairspray as well as the title piece "New York New York."

April 26 at 4:00 pm. the full choir will present all of the above at the historic auditorium in Greenway.  In keeping with their mission, Itasca Choral Society has obtained assistance from Lake Country Power, held a Soup'r Good fundraiser, and obtained an ARAC grant to keep tickets very affordable.  Student, active military, and veteran tickets are complementary and all others are $10.  Tickets are available from chorus members, on Facebook, and at the door.

Following the concert is a reception at which returned Carnegie singers will share their experience.

New York New York is funded in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, thanks to appropriations from the Minnesota State Legislature’s general and arts and cultural heritage funds.