Joy, Love and Peace 2016

About this concert

This fall the Opus 24 concert focuses on three words: Joy, Love and Peace. Each section of the concert presents music of varied and enjoyable styles. The Mass in G, composed by a joyful 18 year old Franz Schubert , along with our four Vocal Scholarship winners, presents the joy of singing in tune and text. The Mass was Opus’s first major work sung with the Millikin Decatur Symphony Orchestra.

Love comes to us through I Love You/What a Wonderful World. This section also anticipates the arrival of love in the world through light and the bright Advent message presented in new melodies and texts.

Peace…the long sought condition of all nature comes to fruition as the concert ends with Let There be Peace on Earth, a song from the 70’s which still rings true.

There will be many soloists in our music. We also feature a string quartet led by Kamen Petkov, a violinist from Springfield, IL and a member of the MDSO. As usual, there will be something to hum on your way home. Joy, Love and Peace to all this coming fall…Milt Scott, Conductor

Our 25th Anniversary CD is now available!

The Opus 24 25th Anniversary CD is now available. The recording is the full 25th Anniversary Concert performed on May 15, 2016 at Central Christian Church. The CD is available at the Decatur Area Arts Council, First Lutheran Church and Central Christian Church in Decatur. Each CD is $10. Profits go to the Decatur Choral Society’s Vocal Scholarships.

If you wish to purchase a CD through this website, please do the following:

Make your check payable to the Decatur Choral Society for $11.50 . This covers all mailing costs, as well. Mail check to:

Nancy Salefski
343 Dawson Road
Decatur, IL 62521

The CD will be mailed to you when payment is received. Be sure your address is included.

Once Upon a Tiptone

“Once Upon a Tiptone”…

As Opus 24 moves into its 26th season, we have enjoyed the many memories of our 25th anniversary celebration that included our Spring concert of specially-selected pieces from the past, the commissioned work of “Sing On” composed by Millikin Professor Randall Reyman and our own Milt Scott, the wonderful alumni dinner and post-concert reception. The “full house” concert was hosted at Central Christian Church with the events orchestrated by a talented committee who have been planning our silver anniversary for quite some time.

As the recently-elected President of the Decatur Choral Society, I appreciate the continued opportunity to sing with Opus and to work with the DCS Board. Forty-five years ago, I was an Eisenhower High School Concert Choir member and performed with the “Tiptone” ensemble under “Mr. Scott’s” direction. As a Decatur native, EHS and Millikin graduate, there’s been lots of connections with the Opus organization including past classmates, co-workers, old and new friends, and even those I baby-sat for their children many years ago(how ’bout that?!?)

Many thanks to everyone for your continued commitment to Opus, sharing your talents and gifts, the support of our patrons, all bound by our love for music.

Sheryl Frye
Decatur Choral Society