Thursday, April 19, 2018

Thursday Throwback...but not too far!

Hi everybody! Today is Throwback Thursday on many radio stations across the country. Well, I'm going to throw you back about six weeks to our last Concert Fundraiser at the Royal Grove in Lincoln.

Thanks to all of you who supported us and congratulations to all the musicians on their incredible work. Below is our opening song from A Choral Continuum: Prospective, Music that envisions the future moving from Darkness to Light. I hope you enjoy "In the Air Tonight" featuring soloists Curt Butler, Wendy Morrissey, Wayne Janssen, and Jan Lipovsky.

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Spirit of Collaboration, Celebrating 100 years of Bernstein, and "InChoir" legacy event

Wow! the 38th season of the LCA is wrapping up quickly! Tonight is our "Dress rehearsal" at First Plymouth Church with the Nebraska Brass Band and First Plymouth Choir. Next week is our annual "InChoir" event, and April 29 is our final concert!

There is a true spirit of collaboration as I work with Glenn Greet from NEBB and Tom Trenney from First Plymouth Church. The plans for the Lincoln Festival of Music started nearly 9 months ago. I feel blessed to have such excellent music and community-minded colleagues. I feel as if this concert is really bringing my two worlds (I live in Omaha) together. As an inaugural concert for NEBB in Lincoln, Drew Duncan (Abendmusik) reprising his solo role with NEBB, and working with Tom to present music for choirs, this concert is really going to be epic in nature.

One of the aspects that adds to this event is the piece "Make Our Garden Grow" the finale from Leonard Bernstein's Candide. LCA and FPC choirs in combination are presenting a truly stunning choral arrangement of this piece. This selection is our celebration of the life of Leonard Bernstein. This year marks 100 years since his birth. Many music and arts organizations around the country and world are celebrating this incredible artist, teacher, and conductor.

Leonard Bernstein at 100 has more information about his life and events throughout the world.

As a final legacy piece and connection to this great concert LCA has invited Glenn Greet, director of the Nebraska Brass Band to lead our annual "InChoir" event. This is the 4th year of the incredible night when the choir takes time to invite the public to our rehearsal and be a part of the mission and music of LCA!

InChoir Event - April 19, 2018

On April 19, 2017, come to the "In Choir" Event and sing with the Lincoln Choral Artists as we prepare for our spring concert on April 29, 2018.
Choral singing has the power to draw diverse communities together in a common musical experience. This program enables participants to get acquainted with great choral music by singing side-by-side with members of the Lincoln Choral Artists at a working rehearsal.
More than simply a rehearsal, "In Choir" events are stimulating, engaging choral experiences designed to illuminate music and text while revealing the historical and cultural influences that shaped their creation. Deliberately blurring the line between artists and spectators, "In Choir" creates opportunities for participants, at any level of musical ability, to get inside the rehearsal process. Hosted  by Artistic Director Jason M. Horner, and conducted by special guest Glenn Greet of the Nebraska Brass Band "In Choir" participants experience close-up and first-hand the gratifying work that culminates in polished performances.
All "In Choir" Events are free and open to the public. Scores are available 30 minutes prior to the beginning of rehearsal.
So come to the "In Choir" event on April 19, 2018 at 7:15 pm. with Glenn Greet- Conductor, Nebraska Brass Band
Nebraska Wesleyan University
Rogers Fine Arts, Second Floor Choral Rehearsal Room
Lincoln, NE 68504