A Choral Kaleidoscope

Wednesday, May 31, 7:30 p.m. and Thursday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.

at Covenant United Methodist Church, 2330 Broadway

Tickets are $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, and $8 Students

Available at Piccolo’s Music and at the door.

Reception to follow in the church entryway

Singers needed for the fall of 2017:  one soprano, two altos, 3 basses

Contact Dr. Michelson following the concert or call him at 459-8259.

 

2014 Winter Concert

HODIE – Z. Randall Stroope
      I – Christus natus est, Hodie! Alleluia!
Christ is born this day! Alleluia
II – Hodie salvator apparuit,
This day a savior appears.
Hodie in terra canunt angeli. Laetantur archangeli. Hodie!
This day on earth angels are singing.
III -Hodie exultant justi, decentes. Gloria in excelsis Deo!
This day, rejoice all just people, saying
Glory to God in the highest.

                  

Two Songs from Handel’s Messiah
And the Glory
And He shall Purify

Two Traditional Carols
Carol of the Bells – Leontovich/Wilhousky
What Sweeter Music – John Rutter
Benedictus (Duet from Christmas Oratorio) – Camille Saint-Saens
Capri Gray, Greg Zeihen, soloists
Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day – arr. Howard Helvey
Donna Seger- 2nd piano

Fourte (vocal jazz quartet)
          Members: Karen Keith, Alane Dallas, Bob Nelson, Mike Earley
Fourte selections TBA

Fum, Fum, Fum – arr. Robert Shaw/Alice Parker
Christmas Time is Here – arr. Teena Chinn
Luke Michelson, bass; Kerry Brown, drums
Christmas Collage – arr. Chris Lobdell
Deck the Halls/Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella/
O Christmas Tree/I Saw Three Ships
Kerry Brown, Levi Rispens, percussion

Fourte- Vocal Jazz Quartet

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Fourté began their musical journey 10 years ago when four members of the Helena Chamber Singers (directed by Dr. Steven Michelson) got together to perform an a cappella quartet piece for the 2004 spring concert. They enjoyed that experience so much that they have been rehearsing and exploring new a cappella music ever since and are having the BEST TIME EVER! It’s been a grand adventure and tremendous fun. They are looking forward to many more quarteting years together.

They continue to perform at concerts, schools, dinners, Helena Art Walks, Out to Lunch series, and other special occasions, including unique Christmas programs.

Members are: Alane Dallas (alto), Karen Keith (soprano), Mike Early (bass), and Bob Nelson (tenor). All live and work in Helena, Montana.

2013 Winter Concert

Program:

  • GLORIA-JOHN RUTTER   with Brass and Percussion Ensemble
  • For the Beauty of the Earth                   John Rutter
  • Fire, Fire, My Heart                                Thomas Morley
  • Like as the Culver on the Bared Bough        Halsey Stevens
  • How Can I Keep From Singing?             Z. Randall Stroop
  • Vamos a Bailar                                       Dan Davison
  • Solos, Duets, Ensembles/Jazz Quartet performing a variety of songs
  • The Holly and the Ivy                               arr. John Rutter
  • Waltz for an Open Sleigh                         Dan Davison
  • Evergreen                                                Daniel Pinkham
  • Sounds of the Season                              Mark Hayes
  • O Come, All Ye Faithful                              arr. Michael Frazier

A Potpourri of Music

2013 Spring Concert:  A Potpourri of Music
Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10, 2013

Robert Frost poems arranged for choir by Randall Thompson- Frostiana, A Girl’s Garden, The Pasture, The Road Not Taken
Kyrie and Agnus Dei-  Steve Dobrogosz
Joshua Fit the Battle of Jericho
Steal Away
Somebody Loves Me Like a River-  Krys Holmes
Armed Forces Tribute
Soloists- Capri Gray, Jerry Bowman, Rachel Aagenes, Kyla Ross, Dick Weaver, and Ken Bresndal,
Instrumentalists- Tom Larson- Bass, Sandy Rolan- Oboe, Jan Van Hook- Flute.

Christmas in July, Part 3

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So as your day has been filled with joy and wonder, with the fantastic music of CiJ-P1 and CiJ-P2, we’ve finally come to the Winter-slash-Christmas-slash-It’s-Really-Kind-of-a-Holiday-Even-If-You’re-Working concerts from 2010 and 2011. And really, this rounds out nearly ELEVEN HOURS of music from the Helena Chamber Singers, and we truly hope you’ve enjoyed your Christmas in July.

Christmas in July, Part 2

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We continue our Winding Walk through a Winter Wonderland by presenting you the Helena Chamber Singer Christmas-slash-Holiday-slash-Just-Plain-Old-Winter concerts from 2006-2009. If you’ve been playing along, the music from CiJ-P1 should have gotten you to about noon, and this will polish off a good portion of your afternoon. And then, there’s part 3…

Christmas in July – Part 1

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It’s the second most wonderful time of the year! You see, in Montana, we sometimes get snow even in the middle of summer, but even if that happens, it’s usually brief and surrounded by blessedly hot summer days that cool off into amazing summer nights. But who cares? It’s July 25th, so it’s time for Christmas in July. As a special gift, there are three parts to this showcase of every single Christmas concert that the Helena Chamber Singers have performed. You should just download the show and enjoy playing completely inappropriate yet totally safe for work music performed by the amazingly talented members of the Helena Chamber Singers.

Part 1 includes the Christmas-slash-winter concerts from 2001 – 2005. Enjoy!

May 2001 Concert

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In May 2001, the Helena Chamber Singers had their second concert, and Kevin Hamm and Gayle Sheldon recap some of the wonderful pieces performed. This is the first of our summer review pieces because we wanted to remind you of pieces we’ve done in case you wanted to vote for them for our concert in Spring 2013. Enjoy!

Folk Fantasia

Performances are April 28th & 29th, 2012

 

  • All Praise to Music – Ron Nelson
  • Weep O Mine Eyes – John Bennet
  • O Whistle and I’ll Come to You – Scottish Folk Song/arr. Mack Wilberg
  • Dieu! Qui la fait bon regarder – Claude Debussy
  • What Would You Do if You Married a Soldier? – Irish Folk Song/arr. Mack Wilberg
  • Shenandoah – arr James Erb

Fantasia on Porgy & Bess for Two Pianos – George Gershwin/arr by Percy Grainger
Mark Walker/Steve Michelson, pianists

  • The Whistling Gypsy – Irish Folk Song/arr. Robert DeCormier
  • I Am Not Yours – Z. Randall Stroope/poem by Sara Teasdale
  • Feller From Fortune – arr. Harry Somers

Porgy and Bess – George Gershwin/arr. Ed Lojeski (with additional songs)

  • Summertime – Choir
  • A Woman is a Sometime Thing – Kevin Hamm, soloist
  • My Man’s Gone Now – Nancy Harper, soloist and choir
  • Leavin’ for the Promised Lan’ –solo
  • I Got Plenty of Nuttin’ – choir, soloist Luanne Smith
  • Oh, I Can’t Sit Down – choir
  • It Ain’t Necessarily So – choir and soloist Larry Sheldon
  • I Loves You Porgy – Duet: Tamara Ashley, Kevin Matthews
  • Bess, You is My Woman Now – Mike Swisher, Choir
  • There’s a Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon for New York – solo
  • Oh, Lawd, I’m on My Way – Choir

Dress Rehearsal

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Not that we were wearing anything special, but we’ve had our final rehearsal outside St. Paul’s and our Spring Concert, Folk Fantasia, is tomorrow. Coleen Smith joins Kevin Hamm as they talk about the music you can hear and a special concert next year that you get to help out with. Enjoy!

Spring 2012 Concert

Performances are April 28th & 29th, 2012

  •  All Praise to Music – Ron Nelson
  • Weep O Mine Eyes – John Bennet
  • O Whistle and I’ll Come to You – Scottish Folk Song/arr. Mack Wilberg
  • Dieu! Qui la fait bon regarder– Claude Debussy
  • What Would You Do if You Married a Soldier? – Irish Folk Song/arr. Mack Wilberg
  • Shenandoah – arr James Erb

Fantasia on Porgy & Bess for Two Pianos – George Gershwin/arr by Percy Grainger
Mark Walker/Steve Michelson, pianists

  • The Whistling Gypsy – Irish Folk Song/arr. Robert DeCormier
  • I Am Not Yours – Z. Randall Stroope/poem by Sara Teasdale
  • Feller From Fortune – arr. Harry Somers

Porgy and Bess – George Gershwin/arr. Ed Lojeski (with additional songs)

  • Summertime – Choir
  • A Woman is a Sometime Thing – Kevin Hamm, soloist
  • My Man’s Gone Now – Nancy Harper, soloist and choir
  • Leavin’ for the Promised Lan’ –solo
  • I Got Plenty of Nuttin’ – choir, soloist Luanne Smith
  • Oh, I Can’t Sit Down – choir
  • It Ain’t Necessarily So – choir and soloist Larry Sheldon
  • I Loves You Porgy – Duet: Tamara Ashley, Kevin Matthews
  • Bess, You is My Woman Now – Mike Swisher, Choir
  • There’s a Boat Dat’s Leavin’ Soon for New York – solo
  • Oh, Lawd, I’m on My Way – Choir

 

The following were guest artists in past years: Anne Basinski

Anne Basinski, soprano, is currently on the faculty of The University of Montana-Missoula, where she teaches voice in both the Music and the Drama/Dance Departments. Her graduate degrees are from Indianan University, and professional credits include operatic roles with the Indianapolis Opera; the Ohio Light Opera; the Intermountain Opera of Bozeman, where she was seen as Zerlina in Don Giovanni; and the Rimrock Opera of Billings, where she sang Rosina in Il Barbiere di Siviglia. Continue reading