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

David Cody

David Cody is highly sought after in the intermountain region as a tenor soloist in opera and in concert, as a conductor and musical director, and as a stage director. He has sung many leading and supporting roles with such companies as The Opera Theater of St. Louis, The Ohio Light Opera, Intermountain Opera, Rimrock Opera and Nevada Opera Theater. He was featured recently with the Helena Symphony as tenor soloist in Summer Sun, Winter Moon by Robert Kapilow, and as “Beadle Bamford” in Stephen Sondheim’sSweeny Todd. Continue reading

Carolyn Coefield

A Montana native and current resident of Billings, Montana, soprano Carolyn Coefield has performed with several ensembles including Portland Opera Works!, Portland SummerFest, Helena Symphony, Astoria Music Festival, Bel Canto Northwest, Portland Opera Guild and The Illustrious Virginia City Players. Most Recently, Carolyn performed the roles “Papagena” and “2nd Lady” in the Portland Opera Works! 2006 production ofThe Magic Flute. During the summer of 2006 Carolyn sang the role of “Giannetta” in the Portland SummerFest Concert Production of L’Elisir D’amore. Continue reading

Sherry Linnerooth

Sherry Linnerooth is the Professor of Horn at Montana State University and is principal horn of the Bozeman Symphony. Sherry teaches horn at the Flathead Lake Music Camp, is the founder of the Montana State University Horn Ensemble, is a member of the Bozeman ParForce Ensemble and has performed with the Fargo-Moorhead, Grand Forks, Helena, Butte and Billings Symphonies. Sherry performs with the Intermountain Opera Association and the Montana Ballet. She has presented sessions and is a member of the Montana Bandmasters. Continue reading

Gabriel Navar

Cantos Alegres (Joyful Songs) http://gabrielnavar.com/cantos.htm.

Cantos Alegres was commissioned by and written for the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay, Jo-Michael Scheibe, Music and Artistic Director (by Paul Basler). The commission (sponsored in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts) came about after critically acclaimed performances of Basler’s Missa Kenya in the spring of 2000 by Maestro Scheibe and the Master Chorale. Continue reading

The Premiere Dance Company

The Premiere Dance Company strives to provide quality training and expand the dance education for young dancers ages 13 thru 18. At PDC they create a positive learning and social environment in a setting where dancers can explore dance as a career option. They encourage involvement in the Helena community including the schools where dancers serve as role models. They promote & share the art of dance as a service to the community. They perform benefit performances and provide free tickets to area non-profit organizations. Helena Chamber Singers is honored to have performed with PDC on several occasions.