Messiah to be Performed with Orchestra in 2018

Since 1931, Handel’s Messiah has been performed annually in Clinton, and is an excellent way to kick off the Christmas season.  RiverChor, Gateway area singers, area orchestral instrumentalists, and pianist Christine Holmer will perform much of the work under the direction of Dr. Rob Engelson, in his 21st and final performance with the group.  Join us on this musical journey through Scripture on Sunday, December 2, 2018 at 2:00 pm in Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.  A free-will offering will be taken to defray costs.

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No Messiah tonight!

Due to the weather, we will NOT have Messiah rehearsal tonight.

Dress Rehearsal is 1-4pm on Saturday, enter by the side door near the front of the sanctuary at Zion Lutheran.

Check out CyberBass.org for further practice!

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Shout and Be Joyful – RiverChor’s Fall 2018 Concert

Join RiverChor in celebrating its 15th season on Sunday, November 11, 2:00 p.m., at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, IA.  We will be presenting a variety of choral music crossing multiple genres.  As a special treat, we will be having a brass group join us on three pieces.  The concert is free.

Program:

When in Our Music God is Glorified; arr Mary McDonald

Jam Sol Recedit; Horatio W. Parker

Psalm 100; Heinrich Schutz

Te Deum; Robert Wetzler

O God Our Help; unknown

At Last; arr. Jay Althouse (featuring the women)

When Meteor Lights Dance O’er the Fen; arr. Thea Engelson (also featuring the women)

Hard Times Come Again No More; Stephen Foster (featuring the men)

Pirate Song; Tim Jones (also featuring the men)

Irish Tune from County Derry; Percy Grainger

His Eye is on the Sparrow; arr. Shane Warby

Let Me Fly; arr. Robert DeCormier

The Happy Wanderer; arr. Norman Luboff

 

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RiverChor anticipates 15th Season

The 2018-2019 season will mark RiverChor’s 15th year of singing for the Gateway area.  Concerts this year will be our fall concert on November 11th, and spring on April 7th.  Both of these will be at 2pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton.  RiverChor will again take part in the annual “Messiah” performance on December 2nd, also at Zion.

If you would like to audition for RiverChor, you may do so Sunday, Sep. 9, 1-3 in the sanctuary at Zion.  Auditions take about 10 minutes, and there is no need to prepare anything in advance.  Regular rehearsals will commence on Monday, September 10.

Mark your calendars, and stay tuned for repertoire details about our fall concert!!

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RiverChor Performs Haydn’s “Creation” with CSO and MCC on April 28

Don’t miss this treat!  RiverChor will be performing Haydn’s “The Creation” on April 28, at 7:30pm at Clinton High School’s Vernon Cook Theater.  The concert is in conjunction with the Clinton Symphony Orchestra, and the Muscatine Civic Chorale will join us, rounding the choir out to about 70.

In addition, we welcome special guest soloists, two of which are from the area; Alisa Magallon, graduate of Northeast High School, and Michael Jorgensen, graduate of Clinton High School.  The three soloists sparkle on the intricate passages presented by Haydn.

RiverChor is excited to present this oratorio in Clinton, we traveled to Muscatine earlier this month to perform the work with the Muscatine Symphony, and it was quite spectacular.  We expect it to be even better in Clinton!

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RiverChor’s Spring Concert on March 4

Our spring concert is coming up fast….join us for a selection of RiverChor’s greatest hits, solos and small groups from our choir, and special guests STAMVOJA, jazz choir from St. Ambrose.  All this on March 4th, 2pm, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton!  The concert is free.

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Handel’s “Messiah” presented on December 17

Please join RiverChor and gateway area singers in the annual Clinton tradition of Handel’s Messiah!  The free concert will begin at 2pm on Sunday, December 17th at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.  All of Part I and selections from Part II will be presented with piano accompaniment by Christine Holmer.  The group is under the direction of Dr. Rob Engelson.

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Messiah Rehearsals Begin

Messiah rehearsals begin on Monday, November 13, at 7:00 p.m. in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 400 Fifth Ave. S.  All singers from the area are welcome!  The performance will be Sunday, December 17, 2:00 p.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, 439 Third Ave. S. in Clinton.

Unsure about practicing?  A great resource is CyberBass, it will play your part for you, and you can even slow it down!  Messiah on Cyberbass

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RiverChor presents Fall Concert on November 12

RiverChor, the Gateway Area’s Premier Chorus, will present their fall concert entitled “The King Shall Rejoice” at 2:00pm on Nov 12, in Zion Lutheran Church of Clinton, IA.  The concert is free. In addition to the featured work by Handel, the forty member choir will sing pieces of many genres selected from the following:

All That Hath Life & Breath Praise Ye the Lord!  ….. Rene Clausen

Salvation is Created ……  Paul Tschesnokoff / N.L. Norden

O Lord God …..  Paul Tschesnokoff / N.L. Norden

Nunc Dimittis (The Song of Simeon)  …… Alexander Gretchaninoff  / N.L. Norden

O Heiland, reiss die Himmel auf ……. Johannes Brahms

The King Shall Rejoice ….. George Frideric Handel

O Sing to the Lord  ….. Dan Davison   (Featuring the men)

Shout for Joy!  …. Dan Davison  (Featuring the women)

Abide with Me …..  arr. Moses Hogan

Saints Bound for Heaven ….. arr. Parker/Shaw

Give Me Jesus …. arr. Larry Fleming

King Jesus is a Listenin’ ….. arr. Ken Berg

 

Please mark your calendars and plan to spend a lovely afternoon in song!!

 

PromoPosterNov2017  <—–PDF version of the concert poster for printing and posting!

 

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Audition and Concert Schedule for 2017-2018 RiverChor

Students are back to school, and RiverChor will soon be back to singing!  Wish to join us?  Auditions will be Sunday, September 10th, from 1-3pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, IA.  Auditions are walk-in, there is no need to prepare anything, and take about 10 minutes.  Rehearsals will resume at 7pm September 11.

Concerts this year will include our Fall Concert on Sunday, November 12, 2017, and we will again be the core group for Messiah (this year all of the Christmas portion performed with piano) on Sunday, December 17, 2017; both concerts will be at Zion Lutheran Church.  We will perform a spring concert in March 2018, stay tuned for an exact date.

The highlight of our season will be performing Haydn’s Creation with the Muscatine Civic Chorale….both in Clinton with Clinton Symphony Orchestra on April 28, 2018, AND with the Muscatine Symphony Orchestra on April 14, 2018.  Soprano Alisa Magallon, tenor Alejandro Magallon, and bass Micheal Jorgensen are slated to be soloists.  The soloists celebrate the first six days of creation as the archangels Gabriel, Uriel, and Rapheal; on the seventh day the soprano and bass become Eve and Adam, with tenor commentary.  Both concerts will be under the direction of Brian Dollinger.

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