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Greeley Chorale to showcase women in music, Handel and more for 59th season

Updated: Oct 20, 2023

Don’t miss your chance to enjoy some amazing music while supporting local talent when the Greeley Chorale launches its 59th season with “A Season of Magnificent Music.”

Founded in 1964, the group’s mission is to “provide for, encourage and support quality choral music for the enjoyment, cultural enrichment, and education of the community.”

The Greeley Chorale is a chorus of more than 100 members of different ages and from a variety of backgrounds.

Over the years, the chorale has been a staple at community celebrations including downtown’s Christmas tree lighting, the University of Northern Colorado’s Concert Under the Stars and the Greeley Stampede.

The group’s 2023-24 season kicks off at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15 with “Spotlight on Women Composers” at the University of Northern Colorado’s Campus Commons Performance Hall, 1051 22nd Ave., Greeley.

“The contributions of female composers through the years has been considerable, yet largely ignored,” said Galen Darrough, artistic director. “For the first time in its history, the chorale will sing an entire program of chorale works by women composers.” Some of the female composers the group will highlight during the concert include Marianne Martinez, Emma Lou Diemer and Sarah Quartel.

The group will be bringing back the popular “Messiah” by Handel with “Magnificent Messiah and Holiday Carols” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 at the UNC Campus Commons Performance Hall.

The chorale last performed the piece in 2017. “With the pandemic interrupting things, we got off schedule of presenting ‘Messiah’ every couple of years,” Darrough said. “We’re going to make up for that this season.”

The second annual Cabaret & Cabernet fundraising event will take place at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024, in the lobby of the Campus Commons with a pre-show reception.

Attendees can enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wines, beer and non-alcoholic drinks as well as take part in a silent auction, wine pull and whiskey drawing before heading into the performance hall at 7 p.m. for the cabaret-style show.

The chorale will wrap up its season with “Requiem and Royalty” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 13 at the First Congregational Church, 2101 16th St., in Greeley. The first half of the concert will feature pieces from John Rutter’s “Requiem,” with parts in Latin and added psalms and biblical verses in English. The second half of the show will showcase music specifically composed for the coronation of England’s kings and queens. The performance will include pieces from 1727 up to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s contribution to the coronation of King Charles III.

The chorale will be accompanied by an orchestra and organ for the show.

Tickets for shows are on sale now.

This year, the chorale is offering a new Season Bundle ticket package that offers all three concerts for a discounted price. For those wishing to attend specific shows, tickets for each concert are $22 for adults, $10 for students with an I.D. and $18 per person for a group of 10 or more from a single purchaser. Tickets for the Cabaret & Cabernet event are $36 for guests 13 and older and $15 for youth 12 and younger. Tickets for Cabaret & Cabernet can also be added to Season Bundle packages.

To purchase tickets, click here, call (970) 351-4849 or visit the UNC Ticket Office on the Campus Commons at 1051 22nd Ave., Greeley.

Tickets may also be purchased at the door on the day of each event.

This article was written by Tamara Markard and was published by the Greeley Tribune. To read the original article in its entirety, click here.

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