On Saturday December 10th, Circle City Chorale along with the Circle City Singers and the Circle City Children’s Choir performed their 6th Annual Christmas Concert to a sold-out audience in attendance. In addition to grand favorites like “Oh Come, All Ye Faithful”, “Betelehemu”, and “Hallelujah Chorus” (from Handel’s Messiah), the ever growing C3 unveiled some brave technical pieces like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir’s own “Deck the Hall” arranged by Mack Wilberg. The Chorale also introduced new favorites this year to an enthusiastic applause, namely, “The Twelve Days of a Regifted Christmas” by Greg Gilpin which featured solos by several members, each one displaying a particular unwanted regifted item and included a light-hearted “feather boa” section that caught the men off of their guard. Hilarity ensued. Continue reading »
Christmas is truly a magic time. The spirit in the air, the giving and sharing of love, the beautiful lights and scents . . .
Come share the magic at the Circle City Chorale’s wonderful holiday show, The Magic of Christmas. Three choirs – the full 65-member chorale, the smaller Circle City Singers ensemble, and the 30-member Circle City Children’s Choir – will perform standard favorites, modern renditions of classic songs, and and some less familiar but no less inspiring melodies. This is always an exciting and touching musical concert filled with the hope, joy, and magic of the season.
Reflections from Europe 2016 by Erick Lange
On May 8th, 2016, the Circle City Chorale finished up an eight day tour of Europe. The group visited and performed in three cities together: Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria; and Budapest, Hungary. Many members extended their trip for a few days, going to cities like Paris, Berlin, and Milan at their own leisure
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Lights! Camera! Action! Oh, we had it all. From the 1930s to the 2010s. From Europe to St. Louis to Neverland. From opera to swing to modern. From satin and lace and sequins to . . . leather. Yeah. Well. It was a hit from every era and every genre. The Children’s Choir members were show-stoppers with songs like When She Loved Me from Toy Story 2 and Bop to the Top from High School Musical. Sometimes beautifully touching, sometimes funny and fun. The C3 members grabbed us with What You Mean to Me from Finding Neverland, Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again from Phantom of the Opera, Hello Dolly (with trumpet, no less) from Hello Dolly, and Broadway Baby from the Follies. Probably the show’s most exciting number was La Vida Loca from Shrek. All that leather. Hm. A mix of the groups had numbers like Do-Re-Mi from the Sound of Music and I Know It’s Today from Shrek the Musical. Circle City Singers dug into the 1940s and swing with Singin’ In the Rain and Embraceable You. The Circle City Childen’s Choir’s medley from Annie was awesome. The full Circle City Chorale came together for the rousing medley from Guys and Dolls.
Thank you so much to our loyal fans. What wonderfully appreciative audiences you were. You are the reason we love to sing our hearts out. Just wait until you see what’s on the marquees for next year!
It’s show time! Join Circle City Chorale (C3) and the Circle City Children’s Choir (C4) as they celebrate the music of Broadway and the movies. Members of these two talented groups join together for a lavish production of this exciting music featuring solos and small groups from within our ranks. Featured songs will be performed from classic musicals such as Hello Dolly, Kismet, and the Sound of Music to newer musicals and movies including, Toy Story 2, Shrek-The Musical, and Pitch Perfect. C3 anchors the performance with a medley from Guys and Dolls.
This has always been an exciting show where members showcase their abilities and the audience gets to experience the wonderful talents possessed by the individual singers. (Between you and me, the children are amazing and NOT to be missed!) Circle City Chorale was founded in January, 2010, under the direction of Angela Rosser, with about 20 members. Now with almost 70 singers plus accompanists they put on a memorable show. Circle City Children’s Choir was formed in Fall, 2014. They are a bright symbol of what music can give to young lives.
Tickets are available through PurplePass beginning July 11, 2016!
The Circle City Chorale will host two vocal workshops on July 25th, 2016 at the newly-renovated Circle City Center. The class is open to all members of our community. Please RSVP before July 18th, 2016 by calling Angela Rosser at 951-272-8848 or by emailing us at Angelarosser.email@example.com!
Youth Vocal Workshop – 5:00pm – 6:00pm
This class will cover the fundamentals of singing, reading music and what it takes to sing in a group setting.Additional focus will target posture, breathing for singers, preparing for auditions and performances, and singing in harmony.
These are just a few things that will help solo or choir singers improve their musical knowledge and overall performance. All of this will be done in a fun, classroom setting with singing throughout the workshop.
Adult Vocal Workshop – 6:30pm – 8:00pm
This class will focus on the fundamentals of singing for the beginning to intermediate singer. Aside from posture, proper breathing mechanics, vocal exercises, and proper vocal placement throughout the vocal registers, you’ll learn about yourself!
In a safe, active, fun and intense group setting, you’ll learn not only the “what” of vocal mechanics, but also the “how” and “why” as you learn how to become more attuned to your own special and unique instrument.
Some of us just got back from a whirlwind tour of Europe, performing successfully in Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. We are very grateful that our music has been appreciated in such a variety of cultures. As wonderful as the experience was, it is great to be back home among our family and friends. Thank you for being so loyal.
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Circle City Chorale’s 2016 European Tour is finally coming over the horizon and approaching at jet speed! With a couple months left to embark, choral members are assembling the program, perfecting the repertoire, scrambling to get their travel gear, and eagerly packing their bags. What awaits them across the Atlantic are three performances, in three cities, a few days of sightseeing and leisure, and a life’s worth of shared memories.
In the musically rich cities of Prague, Vienna, and Budapest, Circle City Chorale will carry proudly the mantle of musical performance, tracing the footsteps of its forbearers, and sharing the sound of our diverse culture with a new audience.
Angela Rosser, Circle City Chorale Director, all smiles, giddy about the news she had just received, that she and her husband would be extending their trip into Paris, sat across from me at a table in a room normally reserved for Circle City Chorale board meetings.
Graciously, she humored me for this unique look behind the scenes of the chorale’s upcoming tour. This being a Monday evening with a three hour rehearsal ahead of us, the muffled chattering and vocalizing of chorale members in a steady crescendo just behind the wall, I’d have to make it quick.
Erick Lange: First, I have to ask: Are you excited about the trip?
Angela Rosser: I am elated! Can’t wait. Haven’t packed my bags yet but…
AR: I’ve never been to Europe; and I have the opportunity to direct, do something that I love and take a group that I founded and be able to explore several foreign countries… just thrills me! You know, to go where Mozart has been… I’ve studied music my whole life. So to be somewhere where such incredible composers originated, created… having the opportunity for us to sing there is incredible! Continue reading »