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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


Holiday Pops Concert – December 10

Please join the Clinton Symphony Orchestra and RiverChor for an evening of Holiday music at 7:30pm, Saturday, December 10, at Vernon Cook Theater in Clinton High School.  RiverChor will be presenting suite one of The Many Moods of Christmas by Robert Shaw, and will be joined by local high school students for several choruses of Handel’s Messiah, as well as the traditional carol sing-a-long.  For complete program and ticket information, please see Clinton Symphony’s website.

Reagan of Illinois Encore Concert

If you didn’t get to hear “Reagan of Illinois” by David Holesinger the first time (or you’d like to hear it again!), the Dixon Municipal Band will be joined by an ensemble of Riverchor singers in an encore on Sunday, August 14.  Tickets are $5, and are available from the Dixon Theatre.

Concert details:
Dixon Historic Theatre
Encore Concert  –  “Reagan of Illinois”
4:00 P.M.


His Honor: Fillmore
Incantation and Dance: Chance
Student Prince Overture: Bennett
Selections from Wicked
Reagan of Illinois Part 1
Reagan of Illinois Part 2

Hope to see you there!