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“Opus” Defined

“Opus” is defined as an “artistic work”. Here are some “not-as-artistic” terms that can potentially apply to our group during the course of a season…

  • A promising rehearsal has “hope-us”
  • Men’s sectional is a “bro-pus”
  • A missed or cancelled rehearsal is a “no-pus”

We have recently been impacted by a glut of unsettling events that has left us reeling in shock, helplessness, frustration, and questioning. We have witnessed Nature’s power and man’s destructive disrespect of human life. Yet in all of these tragic situations, we have been offered numerous glimpses and accounts of caring, self-sacrifice, sharing, outreach, charity, and love. It’s as if the darkness of the disaster provides the contrasting backdrop for such healing offerings to be recognized and illuminated more than when they are occurring in our day-to-day lives during more “routine” circumstances.

“Ubi Caritas” is one of our Fall pieces that echoes “Where charity and love are…” Thousands of musical works have been written through the ages with a love theme in all of its many forms. Ola Gjeilo is the gifted composer who has transformed these traditional Mass reflections into an uplifting piece that will inspire our listeners with its riveting message in song.

Our “Wintertide” concert will be a meaningful way to usher in our season of Thanksgiving and preparation for Christmas. We are grateful and appreciate your continued support. It is our hope that you enjoy being sung to as much as we enjoy singing to you.

Sheryl Frye

Decatur Choral Society President

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.