It Was a Spectacular 2018-19 Season
The theme for our 35th Anniversary Season was Choral Classics Greatest Hits. We performed several pieces sung by the West Valley Chorale in previous seasons many of which were recognizable “classical” choral music.
Spring Concerts - April 8th, 9th and 11th
Our spring concert featured simply glorious music. For many of our singers it was a “trip down memory lane” as they remembered times spent in other choral groups or church choruses learning and performing this wonderful choral repertoire. Highlights included:
- Some great 20th century classics (Maurice Duruflé’s “Ubi Caritas”, Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria”, “O Fortuna” from Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana and Moren Laurisen’s magical “O Magnum Mysterium).
- Several classics from earlier composers including Hayden’s “The Heavens are Telling”, Brahm’s “How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place”, “Dies Irae” from Verdi’s Requiem, Felix Mendelssohn’s “He Watching Over Israel” and other great works.
At the end of our April 9th and 11th evening performances we had a reception where our guests enjoyed a refreshment and had a chance to meet our singers, alumni, director and accompanist. It was a great way to end our fabulous 35th Anniversary Season.
December Concerts Recap - A Classical Christmas
Our season began with three December concerts. We sang for over 700 enthusiastic music lovers!
Highlights at all three performances included:
- Pieces from Handel’s Messiah
- Selections from Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols
- Selections from John Rutter’s Magnificat and Gloria
- Felix Mendelssohn’s There Shall a Star from Jacob Come Forth
- A sing-along of familiar Christmas carols
Messiah with the West Valley Symphony
On Sunday, December 16th, the Chorale had the honor of performing the“Messiah” with the West Valley Symphony at the Valley Vista Performing Arts Center in Surprise, AZ. What a joy it was to sing with a group that is such an important part of our history!