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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.

Handel’s “Messiah” to be Performed December 6

RiverChor, the Ashford University Choir, Clinton community singers, and Clinton orchestra members are in final preparations for Handel’s “Messiah”.  The performance is at 2:00 pm on Sunday, December 6, at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.  The performance is free, however offerings are appreciated to defray expenses.  Please come out and be part of a Clinton tradition since the 1930’s!!



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Messiah Rehearsals Begin

Handel MessiahRehearsal for the annual Clinton community performance of the Messiah will begin tonight, Nov. 3rd.  Community singers of any age and ability are encouraged to join us, music will be available.  Rehearsals will be on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 400 Fifth Ave. South.  This is the second year of the three year cycle, we will perform Part I, plus selections from Parts II and III, with piano.

We need an audience, also….so if it just isn’t Christmas without the Messiah, please plan to join us on Sunday, December 14,  2 pm at Zion Lutheran Church in Clinton, Iowa.

RiverChor to present Mozart & More

RiverChor, Clinton Iowa's Community Choir

RiverChor will begin its 11th season of operations with its annual fall concert Sunday, November 2, at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, 439 Third Ave. South.

The concert is free and the public is cordially invited; free will offering plates will be provided.

The concert, entitles “Mozart and More”, will feature Mozart’s Mass Number 15 in C Major, K. 317, known as the “Coronation Mass”.  First performed on Easter Sunday, 1779, the work got its nickname from the Austrian imperial court in early 19th-Century Vienna, when it was the preferred music that was performed for imperial coronations.

The concert will open with three sacred anthems, performed from the balcony: “Ubi Caritas” by Ola Gjeilo; “O Lord God” by Pavel Tschesnokov; and “The Lord is My Light” by Horatio Parker, performed with our guest organist, David Gaulrapp.

Following intermission, the choir will present a varied set of works on the subject of love: an arrangement of the Scottish folk song “Annie Laurie”; “The Pasture” (from Frostiana) by Randall Thompson, featuring the tenors and basses; “At Last”, featuring the sopranos and altos; and “A Summer Night, and You, and Paradise” by Benjamin Kornelis, with a text by popular radio personality Garrison Keillor.

The concert will conclude with three songs of faith: Larry L. Fleming’s arrangement of “Lord of the Dance”; “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot”, arranged by Peter Knight; ad the spiritual “King Jesus is A-Listenin'”, arranged by Ken Berg.

Following the concert, RiverChor will begin rehearsals for Clinton’s annual performance of Handel’s “Messiah”, which will be held Sunday, December 14, at Zion Lutheran.  Any interested community singers are invited to join the choir at its regular rehearsals, held Monday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 400 Fifth Ave. South.

Messiah Rehearsals Begin….

It is time to start rehearsals for Messiah, a tradition that has graced the Clinton area for over 75 years.  Anyone in the Gateway area is invited to sing.  This is year 3 of the cycle, so the bulk of Handel’s work will be performed with orchestra.

Rehearsals are on Monday evenings from 7-8pm in the Great Hall of First Presbyterian Church, 400 5th Ave South, Clinton, IA.  Enter through the church office door to the rear of the church and ascend to the upper level via stairs or elevator.  Bring your own score, or there are scores available to borrow.

Handel’s Messiah will be performed on Sunday, December 2, time TBA (afternoon), at Zion Lutheran Church.

RiverChor in concert, April 15

Finish your taxes early so you can come out and enjoy RiverChor’s spring concert!  It will be Sunday, April 15th, at 2:00pm in Zion Lutheran Church of Clinton, Iowa.  We will sing our usual delightful mix of styles, and will be joined by a variety of instruments.   Here is our tentative program:

Ubi Caritas ……………………… Ola Gjeilo

Lass Dich Nur Nichts Nicht Dauren (Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee) …….. Johannes Brahms

Te Deum ………………………. Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdi

Gloria …………………….  Antonio Vivaldi

At Last  …….. featuring our Women

Manly Men …….. featuring our own Manly Men

Aftonen (Evening) ……….. Hugo Alfven

Forever in Dala ……………. Hugo Alfven

A Maiden is in a Ring ……. Hugo Alfven

Camptown Races …………… Stephen Foster, arr. Jack Halloran

Shenandoah …………………… arr. Norman Luboff

Whoopee Ti Yi Yo ………….. arr. Norman Luboff

How Can I Keep from Singing …………… Taylor Davis

Abide with Me ………………. arr. Moses Hogan

Ezekiel Saw De Wheel …………… arr. William L. Dawson