Join us for “Holidays with the Symphony”

Please join us this Saturday, December 14, at 7:30 in Vernon Cook Theater at Clinton High School for a wonderfully festive collaboration between the Clinton Symphony Orchestra and RiverChor. Concert and ticket information are available at https://ClintonSymphony.org .


Program

A Most Wonderful Christmas (medley); arr. Robert Sheldon

Skater’s Waltz; Émile Waldteufel

Festive Sounds of Hanukkah (medley); arr. Bill Holcombe

Messiah And the Glory * For Unto Us * Hallelujah!; George Frideric Handel  With RiverChor

Fanfare to La Péri ; Paul Dukas

The Nutcracker Marche * Arabe * Waltz of the Flowers * Trepak; Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

How Great Our Joy; arr. John Rutter  With RiverChor

Lua, Lua, Lua ; Esther Scliar  RiverChor

Farandole from L’Arlesienne Suite No. 2.; Georges Bizet

Pizzicato Polka; Johann Strauss, Jr. and Josef Strauss

Christmas Memories; Rosephanye Powell  With RiverChor

A Christmas Festival; LeRoy Anderson  Carol Sing-along with audience and RiverChor

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Join us for the Messiah Sing Along!

You are invited to join a long standing Clinton tradition, the 88th annual singing of the Messiah.  This year is the Sing-Along, which is an informal event.  If you’ve ever wanted to try to sing Handel’s work, or enjoy a unique opportunity to sit inside a choir, please join us on Sunday, December 1, at 3:00 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, please enter via the East door to the sanctuary. 

You are welcome to bring your own copy of the score, or borrow one of ours.  We will sing all the choruses from Part 1, take a few requests for choruses from Parts II and III, then finish with Hallelujah.  The event is directed by Chris Marple, our pianist is Christine Holmer. 

The Messiah Sing-Along is free.  Come as you are, bring a friend or two, and plan to have a joyous time singing!

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Vox Femina – RiverChor Fall 2019 Concert

Join RiverChor on Sunday, November 17, at 3:00 PM (note the new time!) at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa. The fall concert of our 16th season will feature the choral music of women composers and arrangers, dating from the 12th century to contemporary. The choir consists of 50 members ranging in age from 15 to 70 that come from eight communities within the Gateway Area of eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Our directors are Karl Wolf and Chris Marple; our pianist is Christine Holmer. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

Repertoire:

TitleComposer/
arranger
Text
Jubilate DeoEmily CrockerPsalm 100
Lua, Lua, Lua Esther Scliar Lucia Candall
Three Madrigals
“O Mistress Mine”
“Take, O Take”
“Sigh no more, Ladies”
Emma Lou Diemer Shakespeare
Ave Maria Angelina Figus Traditional
I Thank You God Gwyneth Walker e.e. cummings
I Will Be Earth
Featuring our Women
Gwyneth Walker May Swenson
I see the Heaven’s
Glory Shine
Featuring our Men
Andrea Ramsey Emily Bronté
My Very Own Susan LaBarr Song of Solomon
Arise, Beloved! Rosephanye Powell Song of Solomon
O frondens virga Carlotta Ferrari Hildegard von
Bingen
Gondoliera Clara Schumann Emanuel Geibel
Daniel, Daniel,
Servant of the
Lord
Undine S. Moore Trad. Spiritual
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RiverChor to Hold Auditions

RiverChor is auditioning for new members! No need to prepare anything, just drop by Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton between 1:00 and 3:00 pm. The actual audition will take about 10 minutes as our directors get to know you and your voice.

This year’s schedule is:

Fall Concert
November 17, 2019, 3:00pm,
Zion Lutheran Church, Clinton, Iowa

Messiah Sing-a-Long
December 1, 2019, 3:00pm,
Location TBA, Clinton, Iowa

RiverChor with Clinton Symphony
December 14, 2019, 7:30 pm,
Clinton High School, Clinton, Iowa

Spring Concert
April 19, 2020, 3:00pm,
Zion Lutheran Church, Clinton, Iowa

We rehearse on Monday evenings, from 7-9 pm in Clinton, IA.

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RiverChor to Present Concert April 7th

RiverChor is in rehearsals for their spring concert, which will be held on Sunday, April 7, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, 439 3rd Ave S, Clinton, Iowa. This spring, the group is under the direction of Chris Marple, Kathy Janicek, Mark Kapusinski, and Karl Wolf; our pianist is Christine Holmer.

The program will be:

Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal – Shaw/Parker

Ubi Caritas – Gjeilo

How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place – Brahms

When Jesus Wept/Lamb of God – Billings/Christiansen

All Through the Night – Luboff

Song of Triumph – Grotenhuis

The Pasture – Stroope

In Dat Great Gittin’ Up Mornin’ – Hairston

—-Intermission—

Stomp Your Foot – Copland

Johnny, I Hardly Knew Ye – Parker/Shaw

One Hand, One Heart – Bernstein/Sondheim

Blue Skies – Zegree

In Flanders Field – Jacobson/Emerson

Bridge Over Troubled Water – Shaw

Mark your calendars for April 7th! The concert is free, donations are appreciated.

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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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