January 2017 Newsletter - Chamber Choir, Treble Choir

Type of post: Newsletter
Status: Current
Date Posted: Tue, Jan 17 2017

Announcing Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir’s Winter Concert

Awaken the New Year

Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 4:30 pm
Snow Date: Sunday, January 15 at 4:30
hrist Episcopal Church
20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie

Tickets online at http://www.cappellafestiva.org/ at “advanced sale” pricing.
15 ($13 Advanced Sale) ~ General Admission
$12 ($10 Advanced Sale) ~ Senior Citizens
$5 ~ Students
For more information about the upcoming concert, call 845-853-7765.

The Cappella Festiva Chamber Choir, under the baton of guest conductor Ronald Bemrich with James Fitzwilliam at the piano offers a concert of choral gems for the New Year, featuring inspiring music by Mendelssohn, Britten, Poulenc, Faure, Gjeilo, and Whitacre.

The repertoire will include Benjamin Britten’s A New Year Carol written in 1934. It is based on a Welsh folk song, which combines folk stories and religious ideas and is traditionally sung at the New Year. Britten has been described as a brilliant composer who interprets human feelings, moods, and thoughts, inspiring us to understand and appreciate our own nature, purpose, and destiny.


Another featured composer, Francis Poulenc was part of the legendary group of French composers known as “Les Six” in the 1920s. Breaking away from Germanic formality and French impressionism, this French group wanted to compose music with a direct and simple style. Poulenc was the most successful of the group. Three of Poulenc’s compositions will be included in Cappella’s January concert: Hodie Christus natus est; Quem vidistis pastores dicite; Laudes de St. Antoine, the latter written for men’s voices. Poulenc puts the best of himself into these beautiful works.

Cappella Festiva will also offer Mendelssohn’s and Fauré’s sacred choral music along with contemporary works by composers Eric Whitacre and Ola Gjeilo. The Gjeilo pieces will feature cello and tenor saxophone.

We asked guest conductor Ron Bemrich if he would share with us how this concert was conceived. This is what he had to say: I am very excited about this program and hope you are too. When [Artistic Director] Christine [Howlett] and I started discussing the January concert, the four Christmas Motets of Poulenc were a challenging work that we definitely wanted to include.

We felt all four of them might be too much to handle, given the Cappella’s busy schedule, so when Christine mentioned that Faure’s Tantum ergo for women’s voices was a favorite of hers, we thought, to create a French section of the program we could include the first two of Poulenc’s Laudes for men’s voices, and finish with an all time favorite, the Cantique de Jean Racine. Rise up my love, My Spirit Sang all Day, and Glow were brought together as a way of musically bridging winter with spring; using two old standards in the choral repertoire and one newbie that is sure to become a standard. Mendelssohn’s Richte mich Gott brought some gravity to the concert and shows off the choir’s talent at singing eight-part harmony. Because the Ola Gjeillo Serenity was already included in Lessons and Carols, it made sense to repurpose it for this concert and to include another choral-instrumental work of Gjeillo, Evening Prayer. Finishing with Great Day just seemed to be the perfect way to send our audience out into the New Year!
Do you know a young child who loves to sing and make music? Consider registering them for Cor Capriccio!

The new session of Cappella Festiva's Cor Capriccio program begins on Wednesday, January 25th at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Poughkeepsie. Cor Capriccio is a singing ensemble for kids in grades 2-5, directed by Elizabeth Clifton (pictured left), early childhood music specialist. We will meet weekly from the end of January to the beginning of April to learn songs from a variety of cultures and in a variety of languages. We offer an early afternoon session (1-2 p.m.) for homeschool students, and a 5:30-6:30 pm session, convenient for working parents.
Cor Capriccio offers many benefits to the young singer. Each week, we will exercise our bodies and minds as well as our voices. We will be learning songs to sing, but we will also be getting a deeper understanding of tonality, rhythm, musical form, dynamics, and general musicianship. We will play singing games and will learn to communicate the meaning of a song as well as the notes on the page. While we sing, we will be working on such important skills as teamwork and self-discipline. At the end of the session, we will have an opportunity to share what we have learned in a concert for friends and family!
Want to know more? We will hold an open house on Wednesday, January 18th from 1-2 and again from 5:30-6:30 at St. John's. This is an opportunity for you and your child to stop by, meet the director, play some games, ask any questions you may have, and get a sneak peek at some of the music we'll be singing! Invite a friend - we will look forward to meeting you! You can also email any questions about the program or registration to info@cappellafestiva.org. And please, spread the word! Thank you.
Cappella Festiva enjoys the support of many local providers of goods and services. See who they are by clicking on this sentence. We hope you'll patronize these local businesses and let them know you appreciate their support of Cappella.
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Thank you!