Larimer Chorale announces 42nd Concert Season!
The Larimer Chorale 42nd concert season will kick off October 20 with a performance of the popular and beloved Carmina Burana at the Lincoln Center in Fort Collins. Conductor and artistic director Michael Krueger promises a continued season of “tremendous variety” featuring two all-time great choral masterworks in the choral repetoire, along with two other exciting concert selections.
The season opens with Carl Orff's powerful, mesmerizing and rhythmic work, Carmina Burana. The work is based on secular - and even carnal - texts, ancient Latin mixes with Middle High German and Old Provençal French on subjects ranging from drinking, gambling, changes in fortune, gluttony, lust, love and the inevitable cycle of life that brings rebirth each year.
The concert will feature the Centennial Children’s Chorus and the Canyon Concert Ballet along with professional soloists, collaborating to create “a visual and acoustical treat” according to Krueger. Tickets have sold quickly for past performances of Carmina, so buying tickets early is recommended.
The Chorale’s annual holiday concerts have become a cherished and popular holiday tradition for many in the Fort Collins/Loveland area. A Candlelight Christmas will again bring its unique surround-sound presentation of holiday pageantry and wonder including a candle lighting, festive music for singers and instruments, readings of seasonal poetry and stories and featuring the Chorale’s Dickens Carolers in authentic period costumes. This year’s holiday performances will be held on one day, Saturday, December 8, at either 2:00 pm or 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, Fort Collins.
The third concert, Gabriel Fauré's Requiem, is among the best-loved pieces in the choral repertoire, says Krueger. For these concerts he will conduct the piece in its original version for low strings, organ, brass and solo violin. The violin soloist for the evening will be Stacy Lesartre, long-time concert master and friend of the Chorale, whose playing will be featured in several pieces written for chorus and solo violin.
“Fauré's talent as a composer of art song is quite evident in the long, mellifluous lines,” said Krueger. “As a result, his Requiem remains a favorite for choral singers the world over. These will be two very special performances.”
The Requiem will be held of February 23rd, at 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, Fort Collins, and at 2:00 pm February 24th, at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Campion.
The final concerts of the season on April 26 and 27th will be Music from the Chapel Royal. Krueger explains that at its founding, the Chapel Royal wasn't a building, but a body of singers that accompanied the monarch wherever he or she travelled. Many of the greatest English composers have worked and composed pieces for the Chapel: Thomas Tallis, William Byrd, John Blow and perhaps the greatest of all, Henry Purcell.
“With this concert we will celebrate the glorious choral music of the Chapel Royal as composed by Henry Purcell and his contemporaries,” said Krueger. The concert will be held in Fort Collins at the First Presbyterian Church, at 7:30 pm both evenings.
In his 15th year as the Chorale’s conductor and artistic director, Krueger feels that the chorus has never been better. ‘The quality of the singing is simply outstanding,” he said. “The Chorale is comprised of absolutely wonderful people who are passionate about what they do and who bring an attitude of professionalism to every rehearsal. I’m so privileged to work with them.
“This season is going to prove to be one of the best,” he added. “We are most grateful for the incredible community support we receive and we are excited to demonstrate that we honor that loyalty."
Season tickets are now on sale at the Lincoln Center Box office or on-line at lctix.com. For more information on the Larimer Chorale or the 2018-2019 season, or the December Dickens Dinners, visit https://www.larimerchorale.org.