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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RiverChor’s “Spring Potpourri” Concert to be April 23rd

 

RiverChor has been working hard this winter on a large variety of music.  We invite you to enjoy it with us on Sunday, April 23, at 2pm in Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.  The concert is free.

Repertoire will include:

All That has Life and Breath Praise Ye the Lord! ……… Rene Clausen

Ave Verum Corpus ……….. Camille Saint-Saens

Zadok the Priest ……….  G. F. Handel

The Evening Primrose  ……… Benjamin Britten

To My Cousin ……. F. J. Haydn; arranged by our own Dr. Thea Engelson

When the Saints Go Marching In ……. arr. Norman Luboff

Do Lord  ……………. arr. Norman Luboff

Camptown Races  …………  arr. Jack Halloran

Old West Medley …….. arr. Mark Hayes

Down to the River to Pray ……. arr. Mack Wilberg

Go and Tell John …… Lloyd Pfautsch

Witness ……. arr. Jack Halloran

 

Mark your calendar today and plan to join us on April 23rd!

Keep your dates on Facebook? Here’s a link to the Facebook Event.

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Messiah Sing-a-Long on Sunday!

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Be part of an 80+ year tradition in Clinton! Come on out to St. John’s and sing a long with us. No experience needed, music is provided, and all ages are welcome. Don’t sing, but want to listen? You are welcome, too!

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RiverChor and Clinton Symphony Orchestra present Holiday Pops

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Looking for a way to get in the Christmas spirit?  Join us for an evening of music and carols!  We’ll get on the Polar Express, dance with the Sugarplum Fairies, enjoy a Sleigh Ride, and learn to ‘Let It Go’.

After intermission, RiverChor will join the Symphony to present the lighthearted Star Carol by John Rutter, followed by a Christmas on Broadway medley.  The concert will conclude with several “Messiah” choruses, and a hearty carol sing-a-long.

All students are admitted free, and the start time is a little earlier, so bring the whole family out to Vernon Cook Theater for a lovely evening on December 10th!

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RiverChor to Present Fall Concert

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RiverChor is nearly ready to present their fall choir concert, which will include the following pieces:

Cantate Domino – Sweelinck

Justorum Animae – Stanford

I Am the Rose of Sharon – Billings

The Poor and Needy – Sateren

Song of Triumph –  Grotenhuis

Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened – Handel

Gypsy Song – Bizet, arr. Engelson  (Debut of this new arrangement, featuring the women)

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

The Terrible Tale of Tom Gilligan – Rutter

Wondrous Love – Clemens

How Can I Keep from Singing – Davis

Bile Them Cabbage Down – arr. Wilberg

 

Mark your calendar now for Sunday, November 13th for an afternoon of great choral music!

 

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