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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!

RiverChor Rings in the Season

RiverChor will be participating in two upcoming performances.  The first will be our annual appearance with the Clinton Symphony Orchestra.  We will be performing the first set of the Alfred Burt Carols.  “These delightful carols are the result of a tradition begun by the Reverend Bates G. Burt, his composer son, Alfred, and friend-of-the-family Wihla Hutson; for many years these three collaborated on the creation of original carols, which were then sent to friends as Christmas cards.” (via Shawnee Press)

Additionally, the choir will be performing with the symphony on “A Christmas Festival” by Leroy Anderson; “Jesus bleibet meine Fruede” (Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring) by J.S. Bach; and concluding with choruses from Handel’s “Messiah”.  This performance will be at Clinton High School’s Vernon Cook Theater at 7:30 pm on December 14.  Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students, children through the 8th grade are free.  Further details of the concert are available on the Clinton Symphony’s website: http://www.clintonsymphony.org/

The annual Clinton performance of Handel’s “Messiah” will take place on December 15th, at 3 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 715 S. Third Street.  This is year one of the cycle, which is the Sing-a-long.  All are welcome to sing, or to listen.  Participants are welcome to bring their own score, however there will be scores available.  We hope you’ll join us for this tradition that began in 1931, and help ring in the season.

It’s Audition Time!!

Have you been interested in joining RiverChor?  Now is your chance!

Auditions will be held:

Sunday, September 8th , 2013

1-3 P.M.

Zion Lutheran Church, Clinton, Iowa

It is not necessary to prepare anything, and the audition will last 10-15 minutes.  Rehearsals will start Monday, September 9th.

The 2013-2014 season will mark RiverChor’s tenth season of music in the Gateway area.  The fall concert features Faure’s Requiem,  last performed in Clinton on our first fall concert in 2004.

The choir will take part in the Clinton Symphony Holiday Pops concert, and look forward to their 10th Anniversary celebration concert in the spring of 2014.

We hope you will join us this season, whether in the choir or in the audience!

RiverChor Announces Auditions and Concert Dates for 2012-13 Season

Auditions for all sections of RiverChor will be held Sunday, September 9, from 1-3pm in the sanctuary of Zion Lutheran Church, 439 Third Ave South, Clinton, Iowa.  Auditions will last about 10 minutes, and it is not necessary to have anything prepared.  An alternative audition can be arranged if necessary, please contact our director, Rob Engelson.  Rehearsals begin Monday, September 10.

RiverChor’s fall concert will feature John Rutter’s Requiem, and will take place Sunday, October 28, 2pm, Zion.   The full Messiah with orchestra will be performed on December 2, time tba, Zion.  The choir will take part in the Clinton Symphony’s Winter Pops concert on December 8, 7:30pm at Clinton High.  Our spring concert will be Sunday, April 14, 2pm Zion.

We hope you can join us this season!

A New Season, time to Audition!

Do you enjoy singing, or know someone who does? We invite all Gateway area vocalists to audition for RiverChor. Auditions last about 10 minutes, and there is no need to prepare anything. We have openings in all sections.

RiverChor Auditions
1-3pm, Sunday, September 11
Zion Lutheran Church, Choir Room
439 Third Ave. South, Clinton, Iowa

An alternate audition time may be arranged by contacting Dr. Rob Engelson at 563-243-6042 or 563-212-6555.

The choir will resume rehearsals on Monday, September 12th, at 7pm in the Lyons Middle School choir room.