Chorale planning memorable finish to 2011-12 season

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By Sara Miller

The Evergreen Chorale is gearing up for a big finish to its 2011-12 season. Over the next three weeks, the Chorale will perform some of the most beloved choral music of the last four centuries in two separate concert events, “Stars I Shall Find” and Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony.


The Chorale will offer two performance of “Stars I Shall Find: Songs of Night, Stars and Other Wonders.” On April 21 and 22, the Chorale will join pianist Ellen DeJonge and a thoughtfully selected chamber orchestra to feature choral music surrounding the themes of night and stars that span over two centuries of musical literature.

“Stars I Shall Find” will feature Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore (K.339), or “Solemn Vespers.” The Vespers was Mozart’s final composition for the Salzburg Cathedral, written in 1780. The text consists of five Psalms and the Magnificat canticle, each featuring the full Chorale as well as a quartet of soloists. The evening will also feature a reprise of Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night,” which the Chorale performed at its holiday concert in December 2009.

A highlight of the production will be Eric Whitacre’s “Seal Lullaby.” This cinematic work is based on a poem by Rudyard Kipling of the same name.

“ ‘Seal Lullaby’ is so beautiful. When you close your eyes and listen to the piece, you can actually feel the swells of the ocean waves lulling into the piece,” says Laurie Romberg, longtime member of the Evergreen Chorale.

Just two weeks later, on May 5, the Chorale will team with the acclaimed Jefferson Symphony Orchestra in a concert featuring Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 2. Known as the “Resurrection Symphony,” Mahler’s second symphony was first performed in 1895. Apart from the 8th Symphony, this symphony was Mahler's most popular and successful work during his lifetime.

The Evergreen Chorale’s nine student interns will perform with the Chorale for both “Stars I Shall Find” and Mahler No. 2. Since its inception, the Chorale has worked to develop a rich intership program, offering performance and training opportunities for talented high-school-age singers interested in classical vocal performance, choral music or musical theater performance. The Chorale has nine high school interns for the 2011-12 season: Jacqueline Archdeacon, Faith Lierheimer, Derya Senol, Norika Zehnder, Faith Krause, Kahri Nestingen, Rebekah Romberg, Franziskus Linsmann, and Damon Motz-Storey. The students will perform in both season-ending productions.

“Franziskus Linsmann is a German exchange student at Evergreen High School,” Romberg says. “All of our interns are phenomenal performers. However, we’ve joked that Franziskus has a leg up on all of us with the Mahler symphony because he already knows the language.”

For more information on the Evergreen Chorale’s final performances of the season, visit www.evergreenchorale.org or call 303-674-4002.


‘Stars I Shall Find: Songs of Night, Stars and Other Wonders’

Performed by the Evergreen Chorale on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, April 22, at 3:30 p.m. at Rockland Community Church in Golden

Tickets are $14 to $21


Gustav Mahler's 2nd Symphony

Performed by the Evergreen Chorale on Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. at the Green Center at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden

Tickets are $8 to $22

For more information on either production, visit www.evergreenchorale.org or call 303-674-4002.