Sheepscot Valley Chorus Invites New Members for its Spring Season to sing the Forrest Requiem for the Living and Ellington favorites

The Sheepscot Valley Chorus is heading into its spring season with its first rehearsal slated for Tuesday, January 18th at 7:00 PM, and new members are most welcome to join. The chorus has been singing for thirty-six years and is directed by Linda Blanchard, with accompanist Sean Fleming. The fall season will lead up to a concert in the spring that will feature Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living, and Ellingtonia, a medley of songs by “Duke” Ellington.

Requiem for the Living by Dan Forrest, composed in 2013, is scored for mixed choir and orchestra with solos for boy soprano and tenor. Combining both liturgical and non-liturgical texts, this powerful five-movement work projects a wide range of meaningful expression, from a biting essay on the vanity and pain of mankind to a plea for mercy, and finally a celebration of eternal light. The work has received more than a hundred performances world-wide within a year of its composition, including performances in Canada, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and multiple performances at Carnegie Hall.

Ellingtonia features many “Duke” Ellington favorites, including:

Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me
Don’t Get Around Much Anymore
I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good
I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
I’m Beginning to See the Light
I’m Just A Lucky So And So
In A Sentimental Mood
It Don’t Mean a Thing (If it ain’t got That Swing)
Love You Madly
Mood Indigo
Satin Doll
Sophisticated Lady
Prelude To A Kiss
Take The ‘A’ Train

New singers are welcomed in without audition. While it is helpful to have some basic ability to read music, there are practice CD’s made available to help members to learn their parts. Every rehearsal has some laughter and camaraderie, even – or especially – during the final weeks preparing for concert.

Last fall the SVC collaborated with the beloved Coastal Chorale, which had formally ended its over twenty-year run. The SVC gained former Coastal Chorale singers and expanded its audience to include Chorale fans from the Pemaquid Peninsula.

The Sheepscot Valley Chorus rehearses Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM in the fellowship hall of the First Congregational Church in Wiscasset. Come sing!

Sheepscot Valley Chorus Mission Statement
The mission of the Sheepscot Valley Chorus is to provide opportunities for amateurs who like to sing, and to perform for audiences who share that love of music. There are no auditions. All that is needed to be a member is the enjoyment of singing. We encourage young musicians to participate and offer scholarships once a year to three students, one from each of our local high schools. The Chorus is committed to the classics as well as contemporary, Broadway, Gospel, and premiere performances of new works. We invite you to join the Sheepscot Chorus!

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