Art Added to NCC Armed Man Performance

Adding to the collaboration of singers and instrumentalists, Astoria’s LightBox Photographic Gallery will feature photographs of associate member Friderike Heuer.  Frederike Heuer photog

Friderike Heuer creates visual images inspired by written words. Her work is dedicated to issues of social justice including the past and present consequences of war.  Heuer’s photo montages will be projected during the performance to enhance the artistic and philosophical poignancy of the Mass for Peace.  Framed prints of these same images will be displayed in the lobby for viewing and/or purchase.

Heuer creates visual images inspired by written words. “I’m thrilled to create montages that serve peace.  War and its consequences certainly have been a red thread throughout my work. We’re not aware of what we’re doing. We look away too often. Fri army collageWe’re numb from fun movies. We’re numb from TV,” she says. “I believe art serves as a mirror to society. It can act as our conscience.”

“In terms of what I do: I photograph both here in the US and in Europe and then put those pictures into Photoshop and manipulate them so they are more like paintings, often overlaying multiple photographs, and always playing with texture and color.  They are usually printed on German Etching paper, which enhances the painterly aspects.” Shown above is the photo montage for “L’homme Arme.”

Armed Man update

The North Coast Chorale has been diligently learning poster with dove and burning city
The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace. This Sunday marks the first rehearsal for string players as those parts have arrived. Rehearsal is at the PAC at 3 pm.

Posters, flyers, and card handouts are in the works now by Phyllis Taylor. She did a watercolor that represents the words of the whole work, from war to hope for the future. See the small visual posted here.

Do you love to sing?

The North Coast Chorale is always looking for new singers and welcomes new members in our community-based choir. Go to our About Us page to learn more rehearsals and membership, but here’s the powerful music we will be performing on May 21 and 22nd in Astoria: Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man – A Mass for Peace and Srul Irving Glick’s The Hour Has Come.

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Welsh composer, Karl Jenkins, The Armed Man wrote this anti-war piece based on the Catholic Mass. It is interspersed with text from other religious and historical sources, principally the 15th-century folk song L’homme armé in the first and last movements. There is the Islamic call to prayer, quotes from Psalms and Revelation in the Bible as well as quotes from British writers Dryden, Swift, Kipling and Tennyson. One of Jenkins’ most popular works, this piece starts with military-style music representing the descent into war and ends the mass with hope for peace. Various orchestral instruments and a diverse array of percussion provide the backdrop for the singers.

Prominent Canadian composer, Srul Irving Glick  wrote The Hour Has Come in 1985, a choral symphony set to Poem No. 6  by Carole Leckner.

Seasonal Gifts and Celebrations

kwanzaa_familyThe chorale presented their fall 2015 concert in the PAC on December 12 & 13, to appreciative audiences. The program, Seasonal Gifts & Celebrations, featured two extended compositions: Mid-Winter Songs by Morten Lauridsen, and The Nguzo Saba Suite by Glenn Edward Burleigh.

Mid-Winter Songs, published by Opus Music, is based on poems by Robert Graves, and was commissioned by the University of Southern California. The poems focus on the Winter Solstice, still celebrated by Nordic cultures. In many northern nations, the day is shorter than here in the Northwestern U.S. Many myths arose about why the sun didn’t shine for longer periods, kindling fear in many primitive cultures that the sun was dying, signaling the end of the world. The Print Makers of Astoria have created some visual impressions of the poems in Mid-Winter Songs, which were displayed in the lobby and were available for purchase.

The Nguzo Saba Suite featured Libby Olsen and Nara VanDeGrift of Maddox Dance Studio, choreographed by Emily Gilbertson. Kwanzaa was created by Dr. Maulana Karena in 1966 to give African Americans a special holiday of their own which would encourage consecutive focus on heritage, family, community and the worth and dignity of the individual, within a communal context. Kwanzaa was not meant to be a Christmas substitute, but was intended to eschew the emphasis on materialism which has so permeated American Christmas observances. While he envisioned it as a non-religious celebration, Karena hoped that celebrants would infuse it with their own personal values and family traditions. Composer Glenn Burleigh has done just that, explaining that he has approached the writing of both music and text for the Suites as an African man who is very much rooted in the Christian religion. The seven principles of Kwanzaa can be realized in any culture and in today’s global society.

Accompanied by guest pianist Andrew Pham of Eugene, the chorale also sang some traditional holiday songs, and the audience joined in for a singalong of Deck the Halls, Hark the Herald Angels Sing, Jingle Bells, and a prop-infused Twelve Days of Christmas.

 

We are always looking for new singers!

Love to sing? The study of music has been demonstrated to improve cognitive ability, enhance mathematical performance and improve your outlook on life. The North Coast Chorale welcomes new members of all levels. While the ability to read music is a plus, recorded performance aids are available so that anyone with a love of singing can add their voice to bring great performances to the North Coast of Oregon and SW Washington.

If you are interested in singing with the North Coast Chorale, rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 6:45 to 9:00pm at the Clatsop Community College Performing Arts Center on the corner of 16 and Franklin Streets in Astoria.

“Singing opens our hearts and minds and I am convinced that through the message of music, we can make a difference in the way people look at their lives and the universe.”
>Dr. Denise Reed-Hinds, North Coast Chorale music director

North Coast Chorale Presents their 25th Anniversary Spring Concert

American Traditions QuiltAmerican Traditional & Folk Music
with the Clatsop County Children’s Chorus
CCC Performing Arts Center
Saturday May 16, 7 pm & Sunday May 17, 2 pm $10

The Chorale’s spring concert of American Traditional & Folk Music is not to be missed: hear standards such as
Native American Prayer, Down by the Riverside, America the Beautiful, Simple Gifts, Country Style,  and Beautiful Dreamer.

The Clatsop County Children’s Chorus, founded by Dr. Reed in 2013, will be joining NCC for this concert.

The North Coast Chorale is celebrating its 25th anniversary season! The popular local ensemble first came on the scene back in 1990 with Matt Hardin as conductor. He, along with other past NCC music directors, returned to conduct portions of the NCC’s 20th anniversary concert in 2010. Dr Denise Reed has conducted the group since 2007.

In keeping with American Traditional theme, quilts will be contributed for PAC lobby décor during this concert by a quilting group at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Seaside; they will be for sale with proceeds going to the food bank. Other decorations at the PAC will be quilts, some family heirlooms, on loan for the event.

Dr Reed says “the North Coast Chorale has a varied and sophisticated repertoire of music of numerous genres. Our goal is to present the best of choral music with an emphasis on quality and authenticity.”

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat Coming in April

JosephJoseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is a musical with lyrics by Tim Rice and music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.  The story is based on the “coat of many colors” story of Joseph from the Bible’s book of Genesis.  This was the first Webber and Rice musical to be performed publicly.  It was first presented as a 15 minute pop contata at Colet Court School in London in 1968.  The show has little spoken dialogue, it is completely sung-through.  It has a family friendly storyline , universal themes and catchy music (from Wikipedia).

CoatNorth Coast Chorale will present this as a fully staged musical on April 11th Saturday at 7:00p.m. and April 11th, Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Holiday Traditions Concert on Tap with North Coast Chorale and Childrens Chorus

Holiday Traditions Plan to attend Holiday Traditions; the North Coast Chorale annual holiday concert at the CCC Performing Arts Center (PAC) set for Saturday Dec 13 at 7pm and Sunday Dec 14 at 2pm. This year the Chorale director, Dr. Denise Reed has chosen the theme of Holiday Traditions from around the world. You will hear music from Kwanzaa, Epiphany, Chanukah, Winter Solstice, Santa Lucia, and the Eastern Orthodox tradition. The Chorale will be joined for some of the pieces by the Clatsop County Children’s Chorus, an 18 voice group of children from ages 7 to 12 who meet weekly with Dr. Reed for rehearsal and art projects, related to the music. The children will be performing a musical skit about the Legend of the Poinsettia and a Christmas Cartoon Celebration, joined by the NCC. The Chorale is accompanied by Debbie Loyd on piano, with special guest Janet Bowler, on flute.

Dr Reed is enthusiastic about the role of holiday traditions that help us commemorate the past, mark the present and anticipate the future.

She says “There are many holidays that occur during this time of year that are specific to different cultures. Holidays highlight the day to day lives of people of all cultures and reflect their history and identity. Some are marked by special food, pageants, decorations,and music. Music is an important part of most all holiday traditions. Sometimes when a song is sung that is part of a holiday celebration, we experience the feelings that surround the occasion.

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We hope you enjoy the North Coast Chorale’s musical celebration of holiday traditions. Maybe listening to seasonal music will bring back memories of celebrations from your childhood, with family and friends.

**Dr. Denise Reed is grateful for a grant of $2288 from the Edith Henningsgaard Miller Fund for the Benefit of Astoria of the Oregon Community Foundation. The grant is in support of the Clatsop County Children’s Chorus.