As the new President of the Decatur Choral Society Board of Directors, please allow me to introduce myself. I’m a born-and-raised Decaturite, a 1999 graduate of MacArthur High School, a 2003 graduate of Eastern Illinois University, and I’ve lived in or near Decatur my entire life. I currently work at Millikin University, and serve on the Community Foundation’s Next Gen committees.
Music has always been a part of my life. My parents like to tell me that I was singing before I could talk, and dancing as soon as I could walk. I studied ballet as a child, performed with Big B.O.S.S. and the Decatur Young Park Singers, sang in choir during high school and college, and led praise & worship at my church for over a decade. Opus 24 is by far one of the best choral groups I’ve performed with, and to be part of a group that is so passionate about music continues to inspire me.
We at Opus 24 and Decatur Choral Society are excited to bring you “All the Stars Shone Forth” this November. Stars have always been a guiding force in the universe. Sailors used them to navigate the open sea, migrating birds use stars as guidance…and three men followed a star to find a newborn child. With this concert, we hope to bring a bit of that guiding light down to earth.
I hope you will join us on November 26. Thank you for your continued support of Opus 24 and the Decatur Choral Society.
President, Decatur Choral Society
Do you remember that overdone tune with four chords, often played at parties to show off your lack of piano skills? The tune….Heart and Soul. Hopefully, we have all progressed musically beyond those past experiences. This concert is the grownup version of what those words mean. Opus 24 combines with the Heart and Soul Choir from Central Christian Church in a concert that is truly a blending of the hearts and souls of this community. Draw the Circle Wide, African Benediction and This Little Light of Mine will bring these two ensembles together, both musically and emotionally.
Joining us are some of the area’s finest musicians. Strings, percussion, piano and Celtic pipe all add to the wonderful ambiance of this program. As the conductor of this concert, I strive to emulate the mission of choral music: all people, regardless of social stature, intelligence, age or physical or mental well-being should have (and deserve) the opportunity to bare their heart and soul through music. Please enjoy this opportunity to be blessed by what you not only hear, but what you receive from the hearts and souls of all the participants.
Milt Scott, Conductor
We are all connected in this world
From the conductor:
Life and death, food and drink, different faiths, family and friends, old and young, poverty and wealth, sickness and health. These are but a few of the things that connect us to each other. This concert is about how we are CONNECTED. The “theme song” says that “ I am you are me, don’t you see? There is something between us that’s greater than air.” All of the music tonight is connected. It’s as if a great puzzle is being put together as we hear each piece. We welcome the Millikin Youth Choir to our concert tonight. They connect with us in melody and harmony that is universal to all.
The major piece in our puzzle is “I Share Creation” by Bob Chilcott, a former King Singer. There are four sources for the texts: anonymous Chinese, anonymous Aztec, Chief Seattle, and anonymous Arctic Eskimo. They all share creation as they have experienced it.
Our choir is CONNECTED by talent. Two pieces feature instrumentalists from the choir: Christine Smith, oboe and John Gorecki, clarinet. “Lullaby” was composed by tenor Conrad Fassig.
So enjoy the variety in this concert. Perhaps there will be a moment, or many moments which will connect you with yourself or someone or something. And, thanks for coming tonight. Let’s stay CONNECTED!!
Milt Scott Conductor.