For WVC Members




WVC's Summer 2018 Schedule


Tuesday, June 26th, afternoon - Memorial and Nursing Homes (see below)

Saturday, July 14th, time tbd, practice "My Sweet Lord", details forthcoming.
Saturday, July 21st, evening, Railroad Green, Warwick: 
                                   members of the WVC are the back up chorus for George Harrison's "My Sweet Lord."
                                   (Click here for more information, lyrics, vocal score and some practice tracks.)

Early September:   Rehearsals resume for the WVC's Fall 2018 season.



Gail Johnson's email about the memorial and nursing home visits - Tuesday, June 26th:

"Dear WVC Members,
 
As I announced at the pot luck dinner, I have selected next Tuesday, June 26th for our summer nursing home visits.  At the pot luck, Vienna Aubert told me that her father’s Memorial Service will be held that day.   We decided it would be a lovely tribute to have some WVC members sing at the service.  (see below)  We will sing Rutter’s The Lord is My Shepherd mid-way in the service and close with The Lord Bless You and Keep You.  As you might remember, our little traveling group sang in Vienna’s Dad’s room at Schervier two days before his death on December 30, 2017.  Vienna was extremely grateful.
 
The second segment of our day will be singing at two locations in Middletown; they are both very excited that we’re coming again!  I am billing the nursing home visits as “A British Invasion” as we’ll be singing 4 Rutter selections and some well-know British tunes.  (see below)
 
The last segment will be the two facilities in Warwick.   Feel free to join us at any or all of the venues.  
 
If you turned your music in, we will have music available for you to use.  Here’sthe itinerary:
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 26th
 
11:00    Memorial Service for Anthony Peter Aubert
                Warwick Reformed Church, 16 Maple Avenue, Warwick  (arrive at 10:30 to rehearse in the choir room, outside the church office)
                We will sing Rutter’s The Lord is My Shepherd mid-way in the service and close with The Lord Bless You and Keep You.

1:15      The Promenade   (formerly Southwinds),  70 Fulton Street, Middletown  (be ready to perform promptly at 1:15)
2:00      South East Towers,  55 Fulton Street, Middletown  (we will walk across the street from The Promenade)
3:00      Mt. Alverno Center,  20 Grand Street, Warwick (be ready to sing at 3:00 in the activities room with the piano) 
3:45      Schervier Pavilion, 22 Van Duzer Place, Warwick   (we will go directly to Schervier from Mt. Alverno)
  
At the nursing homes we will sing 4 Rutter selections:
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful 
  • The Lord is my shepherd 
  • Look at the World 
  • The Lord bless you and keep you
We’ll close with a sing-along of popular British tunes including:
  • God Save the Queen 
  • Scarborough Fair 
  • White Cliffs of Dover 
  • I’m Henry VIII, I Am
I’ll send lyric sheets in a few days and have them available on 6/26.
 
The dress code is red, white and blue – American flag colors for the Memorial Service as Tony Aubert was a Korean War Vet and Union Jack colors for the nursing home visits.
 
Feel free to get in touch with me with any questions.   Looking forward to seeing you next Tuesday!     Gail"

There will be extra copies of the Rutter songs available also.

Click here for Gail's practice tracks and videos for the four Rutter pieces.



The Warwick Valley Chorale welcomes new members!

No auditions required.

If you are interested in joining us and would like to share our love of music and singing,

please send an email to Zoey Savale: savazoo@optimum.net

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WVC's fantastic Spring 2018 Season

Carnegie Hall, Rutter Songs and Paris



Click here to view and download this season's concert flier.


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Music Program for WVC's Spring 2018 Season
(This is the concert order)

                                       Requiem                                                         Gabriel Fauré
                                                                              - Intermission -
                                       O clap your hands                                          Text: Psalm 47 1-7,  Music by John Rutter
                                       As The Bridegroom To His Chosen              Text by J. Tauler (1300-61), Music by John Rutter
                                       All Things Bright and Beautiful                    C. F. Alexander, arr. by John Rutter
                                       The Lord is My Shepherd                              Text: Psalm 23, Music by John Rutter
                                       Look at the World                                          Text and Music by John Rutter
                                       God be in my Head                                        Text from the Sarum Primer (1574), Music by John Rutter
                                       Look to the Day                                             John Rutter
                                       The Lord bless you and keep you                  Text: Numbers 6:24,  Music by John Rutter

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One of WVC's favorite composers, John Rutter, on "the Importance of Choir"


The WVC has performed many of Mr. Rutter's works in our concerts in Orange County.
Also many members of the WVC were privileged to have been conducted by John Rutter at Carnegie Hall in 2006.


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Members of the WVC travelled to Paris in June 2018 and sang Fauré's Requiem as well as Gounod's Requiem
in the gorgeous La Madeleine, Gabriel Fauré's and Charles Gounod's home church.



WVC's Triumphant Return - April 23rd, 2018!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             Photo by Chris Hart


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A look back at the Fall 2017 Season

December 2017 Concert Series by the Warwick Valley Chorale


"The concerts, directed by Stanley Curtis and accompanied by Gail Johnson, 
will feature Baroque cantatas, traditional carols, and 
Christmas classics all accompanied by a stringed ensemble."



Warwick Valley Chorale at St. Stephens Church, Dec 11, 2016                                                                           Photo courtesy of David Dempster

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See the press releases and other information about the WVC's Fall 2017 Season and December concert series.


Friends relax after a fantastic performance.                                                                                          Photo by Chris Hart




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Other Activities in the Fall of 2017 by members the Warwick Valley Chorale


Members of the WVC spread holiday cheer and entertained residents of local nursing and rehabilitation centers on December 28th.

WVC's 4th Annual Cieli was held at the Landmark Inn on December 19th, 2017.

On Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, the WVC closed out the Jimmy Sturr concert at the Paramount Theatre in Middletown.  

To close out the concert the WVC singers strolled down the aisles singing "Silent Night" and "White Christmas".   Attire:  street clothes - brightly colored red and green!    Click here for more info about the concert.

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Sunday, November 19th, WVC's Carolers for Warwick's Home for the Holidays!


Click here to see the article in the Nov 24th edition of the Warwick Advertiser.

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Yes, the WVC does rehearse on Halloween!


                                  
                                                                                                                                                 Photos by Linda Blake, Oct 31, 2017
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Fun events over the Summer of 2017

See: www.middletownparamount.com  or   www.ocartscouncil.org for more information.


 Good Show WVC singers!  Great way to close out the concert and get the audience up and cheering!






Some photos from this year's Soirée:

  
Photos by Chris Hart




Members of the WVC sang Gershwin and Berlin medleys for the residents at the Schervier Pavilion in Warwick on Aug 1.


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WVC in concert at Warwick Reformed Church, May 19, 2017                                                                         Photo by Ed Bailey


"The Warwick Valley Chorale will perform three concerts in May, 'Seeking the Right Path: American Songs.'  The concerts, directed by Stanley Curtis and accompanied by Gail Johnson, will present an American choral portrait in anticipation of the Village of Warwick’s sesquicentennial celebration. There will be selections highlighting our nation’s early history, struggles and culture. In addition, the program features a special tribute to the Broadway music of Irving Berlin and George Gershwin." - WVC Press Release, April 16, 2017.


WVC in concert at Warwick Reformed Church, May                                                                                  Photo by Ed Bailey


Alison Stephens of Warwick and Dan Sheinowitz hold the quilt that she won during the intermission when the WVC held its 3rd annual raffle. Gloria Rangel embroidered wild flowers in mason jars as the "focal quilt block"; this is her third donated quilt for the WVC raffle.

                                                                                      Photo by Ed Bailey

Click here to see article in the Warwick Advertiser.  Thank you Ed Bailey. 

Click here to view and download WVC's Press Release announcing the May 2017 concerts.

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Warwick Valley Chorale Spring 2017 music program

     1. Battle Hymn of the Republic  -- Howe and Steffe, arr. by P. Wilhousky
     2. Tenting Tonight -- W. Kittredge, arr. by J. Beck
     3. Soldier Boy -- J. Rutter
     5. The Gospel Plow -- arr. by G. Walker
     4. Rainbow Round my Shoulder (TB) -- arr. by R. DeCormier
     6. Deep River -- arr. by N. Luboff
     7. Give Me your Tired Your Poor -- I. Berlin, arr. by R. Ringwald 
     8. (Removed from program.)
     9. Anthem of Peace -- arr. by M. Wilberg
    10. Comedy Tonight -- S. Sondheim
    11. Who Could Ask for Anything More -- G. & I. Gershwin, arr. by J. Althouse 
    12. Summertime (SA) -- G. & I. Gershwin
    13. A Choral Portrait -- I. Berlin, arr. by H. Ades
    14. Irving Berlin’s America -- I. Berlin, arr. by R. Emerson
    15. Anything You Can Do -- I. Berlin, arr. by A. Kerr
    16. God Bless America -- I. Berlin, arr. by R. Ringwald
    17. You’ll Never Walk Alone -- Rogers & Hammerstein

Click here for the WVC member information for the Spring 2017 season.



Thirteen tenors and basses from the WVC and other local choirs performed in a MidAmerica Productions concert at Carnegie Hall on Feb. 18, 2017, click here for photos, more information and practice tracks.

About 25 members of the WVC sang in a performance of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem on March 18, 2017, with the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra and a chorus of about 100 singers from all over Orange Co.


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Gwyneth Walker's arrangement of Down to the River to Pray, premiered by the Warwick Valley Chorale at their December 2015 concerts and by popular demand was performed again at WVC's June 2016 concerts in Middletown and Warwick.

Down to the River to Pray - Performance on Dec. 13, 2015

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We practiced and made it back!
 WVC members practiced and look where they ended up, May 2010, May 2016, and April 2018.

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Click Here and take a look back at the WVC's last several seasons.
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