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!

 

Mardi Gras Concert Party!

Join the Central Coast Chorale for a festive evening of choral music, Mardi Gras Concert Party! The concert will be presented on Tuesday, March 5th –yes, actually on Fat Tuesday—at 7 pm (band warm up starts at 6:45) at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport, 227 NE 12 St. A donation of $10 is suggested for admission so we can continue to provide the best choral music on the central coast.

The choir will perform several classic African American spirituals, two arranged by New Orleans native Moses Hogan and one from Jester Hairston who is perhaps most famous for his arrangement of “Amen” in the movie The Lilies of the Field. Come enjoy the driving rhythms and thrilling final chords of “The Battle of Jericho” and the call and response solo work of “In Dat Great Getting’ Up Morning” featuring tenor David Sampson. Chorale member Forrest Fisher will step out from the tenor section to add a wailing soprano sax line to Hogan’s arrangement of “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” Adding a jazzy note, the Chorale will perform arrangements of “Tuxedo Junction” and “That Old Black Magic”

The evening will begin with a warm up from special guests, The Shoreline Stompers, playing Dixieland arrangements of familiar tunes such as “Bill Bailey.” Later in the concert the Stompers will play Forrest Fisher’s original arrangement "The Ode to Joy, Joy, Joy.” This mashup of Beethoven, Handel and Three Dog Night promises to be a lot of fun. Regular Central Coast Chorale concertgoers will remember how the Stompers, all members of the Lincoln Pops Orchestra, brought the house down at the last Mardi Gras concert.

Women of Note, the chorale’s female octet, will be performing a folk tune, “Mouth Music,” that promises to be as much fun as the rest of the concert. Drawn from Gaelic traditions and sung during weddings, dances, chore times, or just for sport, mouth music combines astonishing verbal acrobatics with direct, heartfelt harmonies to create an irresistible musical experience. This arrangement by Dolores Keane and John Faulkner should be quite a treat. Women of Note will also be singing a piece by great American composer, Aaron Copland. “Zion’s Walls” is part of the Copland’s famous “Old American Songs” series.

The whole evening will conclude with a classic New Orleans style second line parade to the tune of “Oh When the Saints” with the chorale leading the audience into Geneva Hall where there will be an array of decadent, eat-em-before-Lent-starts, delicious desserts available for purchase. There will also be a silent auction for hand-decorated Mardi Gras masks. We’re raising money to replace our old, squeaky, hard-to-move risers with new and improved ones that will look nice, be much safer, and not add unexpected notes to our performances. Buy a delicious dessert and help us with the fundraising!

We're looking forward to a very fun evening. Please join us and laissez les bons temps rouler!

Want to see how much fun we had at the last Mardi Gras concert? Check out the photos on our Gallery page.

 

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Central Coast Chorale Presents Our Annual Holiday Concerts!

The Central Coast Chorale will be presenting our annual Wishes & Candles holiday concerts in December. The fifty-voice choir under the direction of Dr. Mary Lee Scoville will be kicking off the holiday season with a wonderful selection of Christmas music on Saturday, December 8th at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. The concert will be repeated on December 15th at the Commons in Yachats and then, on December 16th the Chorale will perform a special version of the concert at the Newport Performing Arts Center adding a small orchestra as accompaniment. All three concerts begin at 2 pm and have a suggested donation of $10 for admission.

Since the choir started off their fall season participating in the Newport Symphony Orchestra’s very successful anniversary concert singing the famous Ode to Joy movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, they decided that this year’s holiday concerts should include somewhat lighter fare. This music selection has resulted in a mix of all the aspects of the Christmas season from awe to quiet reflection to joyous lightheartedness. Instead of some of the larger works of serious classical composers that have featured at previous concerts, the Chorale has chosen to focus on contemporary composers, folk tunes and fun. From the crystal clarity of the exquisite chords of Lux Aurumque by modern American composer Eric Whitacre to the quiet meditation of Morten Lauridsen’s Sure on This Shining Night concertgoers experience the magnificence of the season. The Wassail Song by Vaughn Williams and Gaudete, arranged by Brian Kay of the King’s Singers are both based on traditional English folk melodies and connect us to the history of the celebration. Folk tunes also bring us two other songs on the program, one from Africa, Jabula Jesu, and one from the Ukraine, Sleigh Bells. Both will remind the audience just how much fun Christmas and the winter season can be. The kids will surely enjoy these two. The highlight of the concert brings all these themes together in one piece. The words of a traditional carol get mashed up with a whole host of famous tunes that walk us through the history of music in A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas. When the orchestral accompaniment gets added to this piece at the Newport performance, it should be a true show stopper.

The Central Coast Chorale’s small women’s group will, as usual, step out from the group to perform several songs, at least one with a recorder accompaniment from Eric Bigler. Women of Note will be performing a 17th century lullaby arranged by contemporary composer John Rutter that begins “sweet was the song the virgin sang.” They have programmed two madrigals to keep the mood festive for this concert. Throw Open Your Shutters is a high-energy original piece by Amy Feldman Bernon with some wonderful interplay between voices in a jaunty, staccato section where the singers imitate bells, “Hey! Ding-a-ding!" Christmas Madrigal ‘Roundezvous’ by Linda Spevacek-Avery is a sparkling, festive madrigal sung in the round. Yes, Roundezvous is an intentional misspelling. It exhorts “Prepare the song, the feast, the ball to welcome Merry Christmas all.” And continuing the merry theme of the concert, they have a very silly piece titled Fruitcake by Hagemann and Leka. Throughout this novelty song the ingredients for fruitcake are added one by one.

The Central Coast Chorale was founded in 1997 by director Mary Lee Scoville and a group of local residents who wanted to enjoy singing in a convivial yet professional setting. The Chorale has since doubled in size and now can claim more than 50 voices. They draw singers from up and down the central coast, as far north as Neskowin and south to Yachats, welcoming new members in January and August. They present three to four concerts a year and pursue a mission of sharing quality choral music with the community. For more information see their website at centralcoastchorale.com or email admin@centralcoastchorale.com.

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June Special Auditions!

We'll be holding auditions for new singers wishing to join the choir on Tuesday, June 19th from 4 to 6 PM in the music room of the Oregon Coast Community College Newport. The Chorale will be holding several practices through the summer months in anticipation of two September concerts with the Newport Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven! Woohoo!) so we're doing auditions now for new people who would like to join for those concerts. We'll do auditions again in August for anyone who just wants to sing the regular season.

Auditions consist of several simple exercises to determine range and vocal proficiency. You'll follow a simple tune to test pitch matching and clap out a rhythm to make sure you understand beats. You'll be asked to sing something with a couple of other people to make sure you can hold your own in an ensemble. Although it's not absolutely required that you read music to join our group, we certainly prefer it and will encourage you to learn. You may prepare an audition piece of any style if you desire but it is not required.

If you are interested in joining the Chorale but cannot attend the audition, you can contact us by emailing us at admin@centralcoastchorale.com and we'll try to coordinate an alternate date.

Come sing with us!

Anything Goes to the Movies Concerts in April and May

The Central Coast Chorale invites the Lincoln County community to its final concert series of the 2018 season. The spring “Anything Goes” concert always focuses on a lighthearted theme and this year the chorale has chosen great music from some wonderful movies.—from Girl Crazy to Mamma Mia to Wayne’s World to James Bond and more—composed by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Freddie Mercury, ABBA, Adele, and more! From the soulful sounds of Down in the River from O, Brother Where Art Thou to a rousing men’s chorus of Luck Be A Lady from Guys and Dolls, you’ll hear some of the best of Hollywood.

With special guests SHORELINE SOLARA, a 5-piece jazz Combo who will be performing the world premiere of their Star Wars medley, arranged by Forrest Fisher. Anyone who attended the Chorale’s Mardi Gras concert in 2017 will recall a show stopping performance of Forrest’s arrangement that evening.

This evening will also serve as a celebration of The Central Coast Chorale’s twentieth anniversary. The singing group started by a few friends in Waldport in the fall of 1997 has grown to a chorus of fifty voices that draws singers from Lincoln City to Yachats to Siletz and Toledo. The Central Coast Chorale presents three concerts a year generally performed in three locations throughout Lincoln County. Says board member Terrell Aldredge “It’s wonderful to be part of such a cultural institution here on the coast. I moved here from Seattle several years ago and was thrilled to find such an accomplished and established group to sing with.”

After the concert the Chorale will be hosting a sale of decadent desserts and a raffle of movie-themed baskets. Proceeds from these sales will go to the choir’s newest project, a summer singing camp for high school students that will take place this July. By establishing “Voices at the Coast” the Central Coast Chorale plans to make sure that young people in our area have access to musical education and the joys of ensemble singing.

Experience “Anything Goes to the Movies”

·       Saturday, April 21 at the Lincoln City Cultural Center (2 PM)

·       Saturday, April 28 at the First Presbyterian Church in Newport (7 PM)

·       Tuesday, May 1 at The Commons in Yachats (7 PM)

Movie basket raffles, decadent desserts, and some of your favorite tunes from popular movies.

Admission of $10 suggested donation. Proceeds to benefit the new Voices at the Coast teen (students in grades 8-12) summer camp this July 12-14, 2018, at Oregon Coast Community College.

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Central Coast Chorale presents Requiemix

The Central Coast Chorale is pleased to invite the Lincoln County community to its March concert series REQUIEMIX. The REQUIEMIX repertoire blends portions of requiem masses from throughout the history of Western sacred music, from Medieval chant through the works of noted contemporary composers including Eric Whitacre and Andrew Lloyd Webber. REQUIEMIX offers a rare opportunity to hear in a single concert interpretations of the Requiem Mass, or Mass for the Dead, spanning centuries.

Says Central Coast Chorale Director Mary Lee Scoville, “We’re excited to serve up this smorgasbord of individual requiem pieces, and we hope it offers an opportunity to connect with the spiritual ups and downs we all face as well as get a taste of the haunting beauty of the entire requiem form. We all feel “Miserere Mei Deus” (Lord have mercy) and “Alleluia” from time to time, and we try to celebrate that in this concert.”

Says Scoville, “We think it’s very appropriate these concerts are scheduled during Holy Week, but you don’t have to understand Latin or go to church to absorb the beauty of the music of Mozart, Fauré, and Eric Whitacre. We’ve assembled this concert to be accessible to all.”

In addition to the full 50-voice Chorale’s program, the concert will also feature selections from the small, women-only ensemble Women of Note, including Gabriel Fauré’s “In Paradisum” (Into Paradise).

The program will be presented three times: first in Lincoln City at the Congregational Church on Friday, March 23rd at 7 PM. Then in Yachats at the Yachats Community Presbyterian Church on Tuesday, March 27th, also at 7 PM and then finally in Newport on March 31st at Newport First Presbyterian Church at 2 PM. Please note the early start time for the Newport concert. Since that concert is on the eve of Easter we had to schedule an afternoon time to accommodate evening services.

 

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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!

Messiah Concerts at the Newport Performing Arts Center

Just a reminder that our Messiah concerts with the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Willamette Master Chorus are coming up next weekend at the Performing Arts Center in Newport. We will sing ten of the oratorio's choruses, the NSO will have some shining moments and the Master Chorus will provide the accomplished soloists. Saturday, December 3rd at 7:30 pm and Sunday, December 4th at 2 pm. You can purchase tickets through the NSO website or at the PAC box office. Please join us. What a great way to kick off the holiday season. 

And don't forget Wishes & Candles is coming up the following weekend in Yachats on Saturday and Newport on Sunday. Vivaldi's Gloria with orchestra!

Concert Wrap-Up

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Anything Goes concerts! We had such a good time presenting them. We had great houses at all four locations and finally proved to ourselves that we can draw crowds in Yachats and Lincoln City. We also want to thank Tyler Spencer of PrimalTones for making these concerts extra special with his didgeridoo playing. What a wonderful person to work with! He even pitched in to help with percussion during "Cloudburst." If anyone out there needs a didge player or is interested in one of Tyler's handmade instruments, we can add our enthusiastic endorsement.

Here are a few shots from three of the four shows. (Yes, I did forget to put the memory card in the camera for the first show.)

Save the dates!

There will be a full press release coming soon but in the meantime be sure to save these dates for our upcoming Spring Concerts. Central Coast Chorale and Women of Note with some special guests will  be in Waldport in the evening on Friday, April 22nd. We're heading down to Yachats for the first time in several seasons on Saturday afternoon, April 23rd. On Sunday April 24th we're "at home" in Newport. And we'll finish up our season in Lincoln City on Sunday, May 1st. How's that for Central Coast coverage! Please check the events tab on our web page for specific times and locations. Looking forward to seeing all our choral music loving friends for this earth-themed concert!

December Concerts

Press release...

Central Coast Chorale presents holiday concerts

Join the Central Coast Chorale as they welcome the holiday season with the Wishes and Candles concert. This annual event offers music both sacred and secular, contemporary and classical to celebrate the winter holidays. The First Presbyterian Church of Newport hosts the event on Sunday, December 6 at 2:00 in the afternoon. Suggested admission donation is $10.

The Oregon Coast Community College Chorus and the vocal octet Women of Note will join the chorale for this performance. Several of the pieces will be performed a capella. Pianist Milo Graamans will accompany all others.

The concert will open with an upbeat, richly textured African folk song “Jabula Jesu”. The Austrian carol “Still, Still, Still” is warmly familiar and offers striking contrast to Arvo Pärt’s minimalist “Bogoróditse Djévo.” Composer Philip Stopford’s arrangement of the traditional carol, “Lully, Lulla, Lullay” is simple with a haunting beauty that is sure to please audience members.

Women of Note will sing a contemporary arrangement of the Latin traditional “Dona Nobis Pacem,” John Rutter’s “What Sweeter Music,” and a festive Christmas madrigal. “Wolfgang’s Christmas Canon” by Tom Fetke incorporates a traditional holiday song with a Mozart canon resulting in a bright and lively piece of music. They will close their set with “Ave Maria” by the 16th century master of polyphony, Palestrina. 

The OCCC Chorus will perform several pieces including “Jubilate Deo,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “In December.” They will join the full chorale in the rousing closing number, “Now is the Time of Christemas!” 

The First Presbyterian Church of Newport is located at 227 NE 12th Street. For more information call Chorale Director MaryLee Scoville at 541-563-6830.

The Chorale will also be performing with the Newport Symphony Orchestra and the Corvallis Repertory Singers on both December 12 and 13 at the Newport Performing Arts Center. This Holiday Spectacular performance features Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio” and Morten Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna.” Call the PAC ticket office at 541-265-ARTS (2787) for more information and tickets.