Member News - December 12, 2017

Concert dates:

Sunday, December 17
We are the onstage chorus for the annual Sing-Along Messiah, conducted by Dan Earl, at the Jackson Theater at Sonoma Country Day School

1:00 p.m. - rehearsal 
3:00 p.m. - concert



Concert attire:
MEN:  tux with black bow tie and cummerbund, black shoes and socks
WOMEN:  red and black concert dress, black shoes and socks/hose and NO necklace or dangly earrings

 

Member News - December 7, 2017

Please note! We will have our regular rehearsal on Monday,

December 11, in preparation for the Sing-Along Messiah

the following weekend.


Riser help needed!

Paul Troppy needs helpers. Please call his cell if you are available for any of the following:

  1. Friday, December 15, 9:00 a.m. - pick up risers from the Glaser Center 
  2. Saturday, December 16,  4 p.m. - unload and set up risers up at the Jackson Theater for the Messiah
  3. Saturday, December 16, post concert - break down and reload risers 
  4. Monday, December 18, around 9:00 a. -  unload risers at the Glaser Center



Concert dates:


Sunday, December 10 - Christmas Pops Concert

The chorus will perform at Luther Burbank Center with the

Santa Rosa Symphony in a Christmas Pops concert. 


Call time on Sunday, December 10,  is 2:00 p.m.


Concert attire for Sunday:

MEN:  tux with the “sparkly” red bow tie and cummerbund, black shoes and socks
WOMEN:  red and black concert dress, black shoes and socks/hose, sparkly necklaces and earrings are encouraged

 

Sunday, December 17 - Sing-Along Messiah

We are the onstage chorus for the annual Sing-Along Messiah,

conducted by Dan Earl, at the Jackson Theater at Sonoma

Country Day School.

Concert attire:
MEN:  tux with black bow tie and cummerbund, black shoes and socks
WOMEN:  red and black concert dress, black shoes and socks/hose and NO necklace or dangly earrings


March 17 & 18

We will perform Carmina Burana with the Sonoma

Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

 

Member News - November 2, 2017

Hello Choir,
 
Thanks so much for a great rehearsal the other night. I really appreciate your work and the energy that you are putting into the details. I think the 2 Christmas concerts will have a special meaning this year to each of us as we have seen so much suffering close to home. I know that it is important that we try to convey as much care and warmth as we can to our audiences.
 
This Saturday – full rehearsal at Santa Rosa Bible Church – corner of Brush Creek (Wallace) and Badger Rds. We will begin at 10 – I was thinking originally about going all the way to 4 but we will not do that unless I receive a huge influx of music over the next 2 days! Bring our lunch or be prepared to take a short drive to Oliver’s. Don’t forget that rain is expected that day!
 
Have a great day!
 
BH


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These past weeks have been a difficult time for our community. Sadly, many people have been affected by the fires in one way or another.  If you are unable to continue attending chorus rehearsals this semester or will miss a rehearsal, please let chorus liaison, Betty Stychno know at bstychno@gmail.com or 707-823-9023.
Hope to see you at rehearsal!
Betty
 
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Concert dates:


December 10

The chorus will perform at Luther Burbank Center with the

Santa Rosa Symphony in a Christmas Pops concert. 

Rehearsal for this will be December 9.



December 17

We are the onstage chorus for the annual Sing-Along Messiah,

conducted by Dan Earl, at the Jackson Theater at Sonoma

Country Day School.

Rehearsal for this will be December 16.



March 17 & 18

We will perform Carmina Burana with the Sonoma

Philharmonic Orchestra.

 

Member News  - October 20, 2017

Hey Choristers,

It has been quite an eventful few days - I've missed seeing you all. Of course, that pales in comparison with what many of you have been dealing with. Our hearts and love go out to all of you that were truly in the midst of the tragedy - I know there were a number of people in the group that were profoundly impacted by the fires.

Last night, the Board and I made the decision to cancel our upcoming Weekend at the Opera concert in November. There were several reasons that this felt like the right thing to do at this point. From a musical standpoint - we have lost a couple of rehearsals in an already crowded semester. We didn't feel right about selling tickets to a lot of family and friends that have suffered through so much. Some of our soloists were greatly impacted by the fires. We even thought about making it a free community concert but felt like our own members needed the time and energy for their own personal well-being and healing. I am so hopeful that all of you that have suffered through a dark time will continue to join us on Monday nights in the hopes that the music will serve as a balm to your souls.

This will also give us the chance to be well-prepared for our Christmas concerts. The Symphony does pay us for our service with them and we need to make sure that we hit it hard with our efforts. I just received the music from them and will work through some of it on Monday. Please bring your copies of the Handel as well as Pat-A-Pan and Blow, Blow if you have it.

Don't forget that November 4th is our Fall retreat. I am planning a time-frame of 10-4 with a couple of breaks rather than our longer lunch period that we have done before.

We have tentatively secured the date of April 20 for the Choral Festival. Make sure that you save the date on your calendars and I will be able to confirm it within the next week.

Looking forward to seeing you Monday!

BH

 

Member News  - September 25, 2017

Here are links to some YouTube video performances of the opera choruses that I have gathered:

Triumphal Chorus/Aida  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PUlvXqTaZig
 
 
Chorus of the Villagers/Bartered Bride https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzPAUqitz7E
 
 
Coronation Chorus/Boris Godunov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfRl9qA3uf8
 
 
Chorus of the Peasants/Cavaileria Rusticana https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xdCMOTegxeY
 
 
Bridal Chorus/ Lohengrin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0nCiWr9PHU
 
 
Wach Auf Chorale https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8XCHbWFTGVU
 
Bell Chorus /Pagliacci https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QIqs5-wFdG0
 
 
Saint-Saens/ Voici le printemps  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egfx8Gfwlzs
 
 
Anvil Chorus https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6tjL29fLcc0&list=RD6tjL29fLcc0&t=6
 
 
JB Leep has gathered audio recordings from YouTube of most of the Opera Choruses and put them in MP3 format.  They can be found and downloaded at https://jbshare.com . Thanks, JB!
 




Thanks to Wendy Klain Gross for compiling the following....

Concert dates:
 

November 17 & 18

We will perform Opera Choruses at the Glaser Center. We

have a booklet of popular choruses from operas. 



December 10

The chorus will perform at Luther Burbank Center with the

Santa Rosa Symphony in a Christmas Pops concert. We do

this every other year. Rehearsal for this will be
December 9.


December 17

We are the onstage chorus for the annual Sing-Along Messiah,

conducted by Dan Earl, at the Jackson Theater at Sonoma

Country Day School. Rehearsal for this will be
December 16.


March 17 & 18

We will perform Carmina Burana with the Sonoma

Philharmonic Orchestra.

There will be two other events next spring but they are not yet scheduled.

 

 

 

Member News  - July 25, 2017

Hey Everybody,


Wanted to send you a quick communique to invite you to the Summer Sings!

We are meeting on August 7th and 14th from 7-8:30 p.m. at Santa Rosa Bible Church. We will be in one of the small front rooms. 

This is a great time for you to bring along some visitors to look us over - the more, the merrier! It's also just a fun chance to sing together a little bit and look over the music for the following sessions. That way we can get all the grumbling out of our systems before we begin the actual class schedule...

We will have music available to purchase on these evenings. No $$$$ please - just checks! We will be taking a look at Camina Burana as well as the opera choruses that we are singing in the Fall. 

Hope you have enjoyed your summer - I'm really looking forward to seeing you all again!

BH

P.S. Class begins Monday, August 21!