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First Rehearsal of the 2016-2017 Season, Charles River Chorale
Tue, September 13, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
An event every day that begins at 7:00pm, repeating until Tue, September 13, 2016
The Charles River Chorale begins rehearsals for its thirty-second year on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. (coffee) and 7:30 (downbeat). The Chorale rehearses at the Church of Christ, 142 Exchange St. (Route 115), Millis, MA. We are a secular chorus drawing membership from throughout the Charles River Valley, and performing two major concerts per year. We rehearse weekly, and we always have coffee and snacks available by about 7:00 p.m. Members both old and new are encouraged to come early to socialize and prepare for the night’s work. Rehearsals generally end at 9:30 p.m.
Under the direction of Ashley Nelson, the Chorale will rehearse works for its December offering, “Home for the Holidays.” Among the works featured will be Randall Thompson’s Frostiana: Seven Country Songs. Specifically composed to put seven of Robert Frost’s winter-themed poems to music. The collection was originally performed for the Bicentennial of Amherst, Massachusetts in 1959. The pieces include works for male voices alone, female voices alone and for four-part chorus. They will also highlight the skills of Susan Fortin, Assistant Music Director and piano accompanist.
The remainder of the music is yet to be announced, but is expected to be enjoyable to rehearse and perform.
The Chorale is a non-audition community chorus. Anyone who wants to sing is encouraged to join us. Membership is fluid for the first month; new members are generally accepted only during the first four weeks. No musical training is required, and Ms. Nelson will work with new members to determine the range at which their voices and skills will be most successful. Members pay dues of $65.00 for the entire year (holiday and spring concerts) and reimburse the chorale for the cost of their music, and keep the music. High school students are not required to pay dues, but pay for music.
The Chorale also performs outreach to the community. Currently, the Chorale sponsors and financially supports the Charles River Children’s Choir. The Children’s Choir also performs at the Chorale’s concerts.
The Chorale is always looking for ways to expand its repertoire and reach. Over the past summer, a “third season” of a cappella and barbershop music was rehearsed by members willing to brave the heat. The men and the women involved performed in several small venues, and in the process increased their skills and repertoire.
Anyone interested in vocal performance is encouraged to visit with us beginning September 13, 2016.