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.
Decatur Choral Society President
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.
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:
343 Dawson Road
Decatur, IL 62521
The CD will be mailed to you when payment is received. Be sure your address is included.