Messiah Rehearsals Begin….Join us!

Handel MessiahIt is time to prepare for a long time Clinton tradition, the annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.  Any community member who would like to sing is welcome, we have the musical score for you to borrow (or you are welcome to bring your own).  Rehearsals are from 7-8:30 pm on Monday evenings, in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 400 5th Ave South, Clinton, Iowa (enter in the alley/parking lot side, proceed to the top of the stairs).  The first rehearsal is Monday, November 2nd.  (Missed the first one?  It’s ok, come next Monday!)

This is the third year of the cycle, so we will be performing nearly the entire work with orchestra.  The performance will be on Sunday, December 6, at 2:00 pm.  Hope to see you at rehearsal, or the concert….it’s not Christmas without the Messiah!

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RiverChor presents ‘O, To Be in England’ on November 1

RiverChor is in final rehearsals for their fall concert, “O, To Be in England”. Mark your calendars for Sunday, November 1, 2:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa. The concert will feature the following pieces:

When in Our Music God is Glorified …..  Charles Villiers Stanford
Remember, O Lord, What is Come Upon Us …..  T. A. Walmisley

Jerusalem, DLM …..  William Blake
I Was Glad …..  C. H. H. Parry
featuring David Gaulrapp, organist

Hosanna to the Son of David …..  Orlando Gibbons
There Shall a Star from David …..  Felix Mendelssohn
Advent Motet …..  Gustav Schreck

Lay Up Your Treasures in Heaven ….. Pepper Choplin
Swing Low, Sweet Chariot ….. arr. Stacey V. Gibbs

I’ll Fly Away ….. Albert E. Brumley/arr. Joel Raney

We look forward to seeing you in the audience this Sunday!

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RiverChor Prepares for November 1 Concert

RiverChor Nov 2015 Promo jpgSave the date!  RiverChor will present their fall concert on Sunday, November 1, at 2pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton.  Entitled ‘O, To Be In England’, the concert will feature works by English composers.

If you’d like to help us promote the concert, simply click the link below for a PDF of our poster, which you can print and post.


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2015 Auditions, and start of the season!

auditions2It’s time for auditions!  Stop by Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, IA anytime between 1-3pm on Sunday, August 30th.  There is no need to prepare anything, our director will ask you to sing a few simple things to get an idea of your range and ability.  The audition will take about 10 minutes.

The RiverChor 2015-2016 season will start rehearsals this Monday, August 31, at 7:00p.m. in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church in Clinton.  Come in the door facing the parking lot and proceed up the stairs or elevator.


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RiverChor to feature Bach Cantata on April 19th Concert

Christ lag in Todes Banden BWV 4 is an early cantata of Johann Sebastian Bach, and was likely intended for an Easter performance in 1707.  It is a chorale cantata, with music and text based on the hymn of the same name by Martin Luther.  There are seven movements, and it will be accompanied by strings.

RiverChor is also excited to present Robert Schumann’s Er, der Herrlichste von allen.  This piece has been newly arranged for three part women by Dr. Thea Engelson.

Making up the balance of the concert are various songs of the sea, of love, and spirituals as follows:

He’s Gone Away   American Folk Song  arr. Shaw/Parker

The Sailor and Young Nancy     arr. E.J Moeran

I Love My Love    Cornish Folk Song  arr. Gustav Holst

The Jolly Tar and the Milkmaid    George & Ira Gershwin

Where is Love?    Lionel Bart arr. Kirby Shaw

I Love That Old Barbershop Style   Einar Pedersen  arr. Val Hicks

Let Me Fly    arr. Robert DeCormier

I’ll Never Turn Back No More    R. Nathaniel Dett

King Jesus is A-Listenin’   arr. Ken Berg

Saints Bound for Heaven    Traditional   arr. Alice Parker and Robert Shaw

Mark your calendar now so you don’t miss this concert!  It will be Sunday, April 19, 2015, at 2:00P.M. in Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton.  The concert is open to the public, a free will-offering will be taken to defray the cost of music and musicians.

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It’s time for Messiah!



We hope you can join us.  You are welcome to print this poster and put it up (click on it, it will open in a new page), we work on DIY advertising!  Be a part of a long standing Clinton tradition….it just isn’t Christmas without the Messiah.

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Messiah Rehearsals Begin

Handel MessiahRehearsal for the annual Clinton community performance of the Messiah will begin tonight, Nov. 3rd.  Community singers of any age and ability are encouraged to join us, music will be available.  Rehearsals will be on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 400 Fifth Ave. South.  This is the second year of the three year cycle, we will perform Part I, plus selections from Parts II and III, with piano.

We need an audience, also….so if it just isn’t Christmas without the Messiah, please plan to join us on Sunday, December 14,  2 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.

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RiverChor to present Mozart & More

RiverChor, Clinton Iowa's Community Choir

RiverChor will begin its 11th season of operations with its annual fall concert Sunday, November 2, at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 439 Third Ave. South.

The concert is free and the public is cordially invited; free will offering plates will be provided.

The concert, entitles “Mozart and More”, will feature Mozart’s Mass Number 15 in C Major, K. 317, known as the “Coronation Mass”.  First performed on Easter Sunday, 1779, the work got its nickname from the Austrian imperial court in early 19th-Century Vienna, when it was the preferred music that was performed for imperial coronations.

The concert will open with three sacred anthems, performed from the balcony: “Ubi Caritas” by Ola Gjeilo; “O Lord God” by Pavel Tschesnokov; and “The Lord is My Light” by Horatio Parker, performed with our guest organist, David Gaulrapp.

Following intermission, the choir will present a varied set of works on the subject of love: an arrangement of the Scottish folk song “Annie Laurie”; “The Pasture” (from Frostiana) by Randall Thompson, featuring the tenors and basses; “At Last”, featuring the sopranos and altos; and “A Summer Night, and You, and Paradise” by Benjamin Kornelis, with a text by popular radio personality Garrison Keillor.

The concert will conclude with three songs of faith: Larry L. Fleming’s arrangement of “Lord of the Dance”; “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, arranged by Peter Knight; ad the spiritual “King Jesus is A-Listenin'”, arranged by Ken Berg.

Following the concert, RiverChor will begin rehearsals for Clinton’s annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah”, which will be held Sunday, December 14, at Zion Lutheran.  Any interested community singers are invited to join the choir at its regular rehearsals, held Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 400 Fifth Ave. South.

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RiverChor Prepares for Fall 2014 Concert

RiverChor is in rehearsals for their fall concert, which will be Sunday, November 2, 2014 at Zion Lutheran Church.  The concert is free.

Rose and Crown

Repertoire will follow two basic themes, music for Kings, and music of love.

O Lord God …… Paul Tschesnokoff

Ubi Caritas …… Ola Gjeilo

The Lord is My Light …… Horatio W. Parker

Coronation Mass in C …….. W. A. Mozart

Annie Laurie ……….. arr. Arthur Johnstone

The Pasture ……… Frost/Thompson,  featuring our Men

At Last ……. Gordon/Warren,  featuring our Women

A Summer Night, and You, and Paradise ……. Keillor/Kornelis

Lord of the Dance ……. Carter/Fleming

Swing Low Sweet Chariot ….. arr. Peter Knight

King Jesus is a-Listnin’ ….. arr.  Ken Berg

Please mark your calendar for November 2, we enjoy singing for you!


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RiverChor Holds Auditions


Have you been interested in joining RiverChor?  Here’s your chance!  We’re holding open auditions on Sunday, September 7th, between the hours of 1-3pm in the sanctuary of Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.

Auditions take about 10 minutes, and you do not need to prepare anything.

Rehearsals will begin Monday, September 8th.   Our regular concerts will be November 2nd and April 19th.

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