RiverChor will be resuming rehearsals on January 16th (want to join us? Drop us an email and we’ll have music for you!) The spring concert will be on Sunday, April 30, 2:00pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton. Selections to be rehearsed are as follows:
David’s Lamentation – William Billings Anthony O’Daly – Samuel Barber Regina Coeli (KV 276) – W. A. Mozart The Road Home – Stephen Paulus Lamentations of Jeremiah – Z. Randall Stroope How Can I Keep From Singing – arr. Taylor Davis Saul – Egil Hovland Lass dich nur nichts nicht dauren – Johannes Brahms Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie by Lead Belly-arr. Robert Jones Pirate Song – Tim Y. Jones Auction Cries – John Biggs Bile Them Cabbage Down – arr. Mack Wilberg
RiverChor and Gateway Area Singers presents Clinton’s annual performance of “Messiah” on Sunday, December 18 at 2:00pm at Zion Lutheran Church, 439 3rd Ave S in Clinton. The group celebrates 91 years of performing Handel’s work with all of the Christmas portion, followed by several more selections concluding in a resounding “Hallelujah”!
The tradition was begun in 1931 by Rev. Frederick Schoenbohn with a group of singers called the Apollo Choral Society. Over the years, community singers have been directed by Jim Winn, John DeHaan, Dorothy Rathje, Mark Kapusinski, and Rob Engelson. This year, the baton passes to Karl Wolf, recently retired choral director of Clinton High School. The pianist is Christine Holmer, organist at Zion Lutheran and former director of music at Immanuel Lutheran Church.
“We are excited to present “Messiah” in concert again. While we have maintained the annual tradition with Sing-Alongs, this will be the first formal “Messiah” concert presented in Clinton since 2018,” said Brooke Logan, RiverChor manager and organizer of the event. “We have singers who are marking 50 years of participation, and some who are looking at this work for the very first time. We invite you to take a break from your hectic holiday schedule to enjoy their efforts and the retelling of the Christmas story through song.”
Admission is free, offerings are welcome and appreciated.
If you’d like to help us spread the word, here is a link to the Facebook Event for you to share and invite others: https://fb.me/e/3IOUQtmij
And we also have this printable poster….simply click the little printer icon in the top right corner of the preview box below.
Rehearsals for Clinton’s annual Messiah presentation will be on Monday nights, beginning November 14, at 7:00 pm, and are open to all who would like to sing. Join us in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 400 5th Ave S, Clinton. Park in the back parking lot, with overflow parking in the alley across the street behind Gateway Travel. Enter the office or elevator door and make your way to the second floor.
We will have scores to borrow. If you wish to purchase your own, Tegeler Music will have some for sale at rehearsal for $10, we use the orange Watkins-Shaw edition. If you own the G. Schirmer score, you’ll need to write in a few minor changes.
The Messiah Concert will be on Sunday, December 18 at 2pm at Zion Lutheran Church, 439 3rd Ave S, Clinton. This is year 2 in the rotation, performing Part 1 plus selections from Parts 2 & 3 with piano accompaniment. Karl Wolf is directing, and Christine Holmer is our pianist.
Thanks for being a part of this 90 year tradition in our community!
RiverChor, the Gateway Area’s community choir, presents their fall concert at 2:00pm on Sunday, November 13, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, IA. The concert is free, donations are appreciated.
Entitled “A Choral Cornucopia”, the concert explores a wide range of choral standards from William Billings (the first American choral composer), to Mozart, Distler, Dello Joio, and Copeland. The choir will also present some fun pieces by Irving Fine, Merle Travis, and Fats Waller.
The 40 member choir is directed by Karl Wolf, the pianist is Christine Holmer. RiverChor will also be joined by the talents of violinists Julie Marston and Kristen Jones. Maureen Pollpeter will partner with Holmer on two 4-in-Hand piano pieces.
On Monday, November 14, RiverChor invites community singers to join them in rehearsals for the 91st annual “Messiah” performance. Practice will be at 7pm each Monday in the Great Hall of 1st Presbyterian Church in Clinton. The free concert will take place at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 18 at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton.
RiverChor is pleased to announce their fall concert, entitled “A Choral Cornucopia”, which will take place at 2pm on Sunday, November 13 at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton. From Billings to Mozart to Fats Waller and Copeland, there is something for everyone. Mark your calendar and spread the word, we’ll see you at the concert!
Fall Concert Sunday, November 13, 2:00pm Zion Lutheran Church
Messiah Sunday, December 18, 2:00pm Zion Lutheran Church
Spring Concert Sunday, April 30, 2:00pm Zion Lutheran Church
The choir will begin rehearsals on Monday, September 12, 7-9pm. If you are interested in joining the choir, please use the Contact Form , and we’ll provide you with more information.
Messiah is open to anyone who would like to sing, this will be Year 2 of our 3 year cycle. We will perform the majority of Part 1 and selections from Parts 2 and 3 with piano. Rehearsals will begin in mid to late November; we will announce here, in the Clinton Herald, and to our Email List, you may subscribe in the sidebar —->
We look forward to singing with or for you this upcoming 2022-2023 season!
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RiverChor will begin preparing for their upcoming concert, which will be Sunday, April 24, 2022 at Zion Lutheran in Clinton. Are you interested in singing? Drop us a line and we’ll have a folder ready for you!
Please join us for Clinton’s annual Messiah Sing Along! We welcome singers and audience for this informal event. We’ll have scores for you, or bring your own. Park and enter in the rear of St. Paul’s (the church at the foot of the south bridge, and behind Sterling Federal Bank). St. Paul’s recommends masks (but not required), and they have pews marked off for social distancing. Karl Wolf will be our host and director, and Christine Holmer will provide her talents on piano. Join us for a lovely afternoon to kick off the Christmas season!