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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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.)