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.
For all of the technical rehearsing, fine execution, and musicality the three choirs put into each of their performances, they unfailingly put just as much heart and emotion into the music itself. Heart and emotion are the pillars of their concerts, without which the structure of the musical message would collapse. These members keep it standing, their preferred form of communication – music. This was exemplified at their Christmas concert by one of their second-year members, tenor soloist Mickey Laux. During the song “Yes, Virginia, There’s a Santa Claus”, Mickey sang to his own daughter who was featured sitting just off-stage. The personal touch he brought to the message of the song moved, not only himself to tears, but even the director as well. No doubt many audience members were moved similarly.
The Circle City Chorale and featured choirs continue to grow with every season. They recruited a few new members this season upon returning from their first European tour in 2016. The search for skilled and dedicated members never ends, however, as they continue to reach out to vocal performers in and around the area who share the same desire to communicate heart and emotion through music. With heart and emotion they sing, soar, and inspire the community for the better. If you share this passion and have the voice to prove it, you are encouraged to audition on Monday, January 9th, 2017 and Monday, January 16th, 2017 from 8:30-9:30 PM at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Corona, CA. 526 Magnolia Ave, Corona, California 92878.
To schedule an audition, send us a message on our auditions page.
Circle City Chorale looks forward to seeing you there and sharing the journey with you.
-Author Erick Lange