Greetings to you, our Greeley Chorale patron, and welcome to our 2019-20 season! We hope to once again bring you the finest choral music we can offer in our wonderful part of this country.
Choral music is alive and well in Northern Colorado, and it is our pleasure to present a season that will be satisfying for both the Chorale members and you, our beloved patron. It is tough to top each year, and many of you will remember the final concert of last season, The Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest. As the director, I was not prepared for the emotional impact that work would have on our singers and audience members. It was, for many of our people, their favorite choral/orchestral work ever!
This is the great challenge: to find repertoire that touches the hearts of our singers. The chances are great that if they are singing joyously with their hearts and minds, the audience will be drawn into their expression. With that in mind, we hope to present performances that satisfy singer and audience alike.
Our first concert of the season will be something I’ve wanted to do for a long time – put the responsibility on the Chorale members to select the program of their favorite selections from the past ten years. Knowing the members as I do, they would likely select 15 African American spirituals (their favorite) so I’ve polled them on their favored selections from the areas of classical, folk songs, spirituals, contemporary sacred, and of course, arrangements of popular songs. This should be a wonderful, ear-pleasing and soul-feeding concert!
For the holidays, we are delaying our semi-yearly performance of Messiah until the 2020-21 season, and instead presenting our popular concert of seasonal favorites and special numbers featuring our own members, and perhaps a guest or two!
), we proudly present the Mozart Requiem. One of the grandest works of the 18th century, the piece is actually somewhat controversial in that Mozart passed before its completions, and his wife had to turn to two fellow musicians to complete the orchestration and choral parts. Regardless, it still possesses the stamp of one of the greatest musical geniuses of our time.
We hope you will be able to join us for the entire season as we once again present music that is uplifting, poignant, and timeless.
Sincerely, Galen Darrough Artistic Director and Conductor