It's Time for "Anything Goes!"

The Central Coast Chorale will be presenting their annual spring concert series, Anything Goes, in late April and early May. They will begin in Yachats with an evening concert at 7 pm on Saturday, April 27 at the Commons. The concert will be repeated in Lincoln City the following afternoon, 2 pm on Sunday, April 28 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. Finally, they will wrap up their 2018-2019 season with a final concert in Newport at 4 pm, Sunday May 5 at the First Presbyterian Church. There is a suggested donation of $10 per person for admission or $20 per family.

It is the choir’s tradition to make their spring concerts an ‘anything goes’ affair, hence the name of the concert. When choir director, Dr. Mary Lee Scoville, is asked what “Anything Goes” means she replies, “It means we get to sing anything we want!” This season the choir has chosen to sing a beautiful and technically challenging piece from the classical repertoire, Vaughn Williams’ The Spring Time of the Year. The composer adapted this song from an old English folk tune, a lovely if rather sad tale of a sailor and his lady love. They have also chosen two songs by American composer Aaron Copland. The rhythmically complicated lullaby The Little Horses, a part of Copland’s Old American Songs series, can be tricky to sing but is fun to hear. And the lovely, sweet, old Shaker song, Simple Gifts, adapted by Copland first for his ballet Appalachian Spring and then for the American song collection, will be familiar to most listeners.

 

 
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Turning to some more upbeat tempos, the Chorale will journey to the Caribbean for a rendition of Harry Belafonte’s Turn the World Around, perhaps most famous for its performance with the Muppets on PBS. And then they’ll move on to Africa for Kuimba! a folk song adapted by Texas composer and educator Victor Johnson. The choir will add some drums to this song that encourages people to sing of love and peace with a joyful heart.

There’s also a lot of fun on the program for this spring show. In addition to Animal Crackers, three pieces by Eric Whitacre that adapt the rather silly poems of Ogden Nash for choral voices, the Central Coast Chorale will also be singing a piece by comedy composer P.D.Q. Bach, known in real life as Peter Schikele. Schikele likes to take real classical pieces and make them funny. The choir will be singing My Bonnie Lass She Smelleth, a parody of Thomas Morley’s My Bonnie Lass She Smileth. It’s a subtle difference until you really listen to the lyrics and catch the musical jokes inserted in the score.

The Women of Note octet will, as always, be the choir’s special guests at the Anything Goes concerts. This year they will be singing choral adaptations of two poems, There Will Come Soft Rains by Sara Teasdale and Down by the Salley Gardens from Irish poet William Butler Yeats. Both are set to hauntingly lovely tunes, the first by Kevin Medley features an oboe accompaniment and the second, arranged by Michael Cleveland here, has become one of the most recorded Irish songs of all time.

With such a variety, the Chorale is sure that everyone will find something to love on this program. Please join us at one, two or all three of these concerts!

 

Oh we had big fun!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out to our Mardi Gras concert on Fat Tuesday. We were a little worried about scheduling a weeknight concert like that but it turned out to be a smashing success! We had a full house. The choir sang great. We've been getting lots of enthusiastic reviews from attendees. The Women of Note were their usual awesome selves albeit a might more blinged out than usual. The Shoreline Stompers, our special guest Dixieland septet, blew everyone away. We finished up the night with a second line parade (with the audience gamely joining in!) to Geneva Hall where we sold up a mess of delicious desserts and auctioned off our hand-decorated umbrellas. Thank you so much for the funds raised to benefit our Youth Choral Scholarship fund!

Mardi Gras in Newport!

The Central Coast Chorale presents a Mardi Gras concert on Tuesday, February 28th. Yes, come celebrate Fat Tuesday with us on the very day! Join us at the First Presbyterian Church of Newport, 227 NE 12th St. at 7 pm. The choir will perform some classic New Orleans style spirituals, three by Moses Hogan, and Forrest Fisher will step out from the tenor section to add a wailing soprano sax line to one of them. We'll have a couple of Brubeck jazz numbers, one by the choir and one by Women of Note. Forest's Dixieland septet The Shoreline Stompers will play an original arrangement of "The Sweet Hallelujah Georgia Brown Chorus" and the whole evening will conclude with a second line parade into Geneva Hall where we will have an array of decadent, eat-em-before-Lent-starts, delicious desserts available for purchase and consumption. We're looking forward to a very fun evening. The concert has a suggested donation of $10 per person so we can keep bringing you the best choral music on the central coast. Please join us! Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Wishes and Candles 2015

What a great concert if we do say so ourselves! We had a full house yesterday for our annual holiday concert. The chorale sang eight pieces including For Unto Us a Child is Born from the Messiah, Still, Still, Still an Austrian carol arranged by Norman Luboff and a rousing rendition of Sing We Now of Christmas. Women of Note, our women's group sang five songs. My personal favorite was the Rutter What Sweeter Music. I think it really brought out the beautiful mix of voices that you can hear so clearly with just eight singers. The Oregon Coast Community College choir class, also directed by Mary Lee, did four pieces and then joined the chorale for the grand finale. It was wonderful to have them as guests. They did such a great job.

The occc choir class joins the central coast chorale for the finale number at wishes and candles 2015

The occc choir class joins the central coast chorale for the finale number at wishes and candles 2015

 

We'd like to thank our director, Mary Lee, our wonderful accompanist, Milo, and all the people who came out to the concert on a rainy, blustery day. It's so much fun to sing for an appreciative audience. We love it and hope you did, too!

Join us next weekend for a very different concert. We'll be performing Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon with the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Corvallis Repertory Singers at the Holiday Spectacular Concert at the Newport Performing Arts Center. We'll be singing Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna and selections from the Bach Christmas Oratorio as well as a number of carols. So looking forward to the timpani in the Oratorio! We had a rehearsal in Corvallis on Saturday with our conductor for the event, Steve Zielke. Steve is the director of choral studies at OSU and founder and directory of the Corvallis Repertory Singers. It was a wonderful rehearsal and we learned a lot in a very short time. We think this is going to be a very exciting concert. Get your tickets before they sell out!  Tickets available though the Oregon Council for the Arts website.

Dr. Steven Zielke conducts rehearsal with the central coast chorale in preparation for holiday spectacular concert.

Dr. Steven Zielke conducts rehearsal with the central coast chorale in preparation for holiday spectacular concert.