Spring 2017: "The Great American Songbook"
The Clermont Chorale's Spring 2017 season, "The Great American Songbook," reaches back into the amazing history of American popular song to find shining examples from some of the greatest composers of all time... George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and others. We will feature songs that are part of our collective American consciousness, like "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," "God Bless America," and "Yesterday." There will be expressions of love, joy, patriotism, and celebrations of life, in music that we can call our own. Join us as we bring you a sampling of the songs that made American popular music the gold standard for the world, yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
The June 4 concert at St. Mark's also features Cincinnati's up-and-coming jazz vocalist, Natalie Brady, who will perform three pieces. This is a great opportunity to hear this young jazz singer who performs at venues around town such as The Greenwich, Pappadeaux, and The Listing Loon, as well as for private events for companies such as Budweiser and Chase Bank.
Saturday, June 3: 1-2 PM Summerfair Summer Showcase at Moonlite Gardens (Coney Island). Free with Summerfair admission.
Sunday, June 4: 3 PM at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Milford, OH. Tickets are $10 – purchase below or at the door.
Great poetry has always inspired great choral music. The Winter 2017 season "And the Poet Sings" explored the work of timeless poets as set to innovative music. Among the poets represented were Frost, Whitman, Shakespeare, Donne, and Tennyson, and the composers include Eric Whitacre, Gabriel Faure, Norman Dello Joio, Randall Thompson, and Alice Parker. This concert featured the world premiere of Donne's "Death Be Not Proud" set to the music of Clermont Chorale's own Co-Artistic Director Tim Carpenter!
Our Winter 2016 season, "Masterworks," was a haunting concert of sacred music, including three Renaissance motets by Schutz, Palestrina, and Phillips; Schubert's Mass in G; and "Achieved is the Glorious Work" from The Creation by Haydn. Several pieces were performed a cappella and 2 with string orchestra.
Spring 2016 brought a return to old CFC favorites in "Heaven & Earth."
"In the Good Ol' Summertime" explored music from medieval times to today!
The theme was summer, and it was great to start rehearsals on this bright, sunny music during one of the coldest, iciest winters in recent memory. A chorus of over 60 people came together to sing pieces such as the oldest written-down piece of music available, "Sumer is Icumin In," old-time favorites from the roarin' 20s, everyone's favorites, the Beach Boys, and much more.
January, 2013 featured Faith, Hope & Love. Spring of 2013 we presented a program of Beatles arrangements in a wide variety of styles from a capella rock to madrigal.
In addition to performing this program at UC - Clermont College Kreuger Auditorium, we also performed as an opener for the May Festival, Summerfair at Coney Island, Miami Township's Summer Concert series, Milford's Frontier Days Festival, and the Promont House Art Affaire!
In the winter of 2013, amidst much snow & ice, we presented Benjamin Britten's "A Ceremony of Carols" and a program of other traditional and not-so-traditional British holiday carols.
After a several-year hiatus, we started up again with A Concert of American Composers on April 27, 2012.
Our second year found us performing with the Lebanon Symphony and Chorus in Lebanon, OH and the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Cincinnati Choral Society.
For our Holiday 2007 Concert, we also held a fundraiser, "Singing With Santa." The fundraiser and concert were both great fun and very successful, featuring a "singing Santa," carolers and magician Jason Jacobs.
In 2006, we presented two concerts with the Clermont Philharmonic Orchestra.