Come sing with the Blue Ridge Chorale for our Spring 2016 season! Our Director, Bob Burnett, has developed a terrific program and we’re going to have a lot of fun with it. The Chorale will meet starting January 11th, 6:30-8:30 pm at Open Door Baptist Church, in Culpeper, and our concerts will be in late April or early May. The Youth Chorale, directed by Cathy ter Weele, will start rehearsals on Monday, January 18th* at 5:45-6:15 pm, also at Open Door.
Email us at email@example.com if you have questions, or call 540-219-8837.
* Note the change, please: this is a corrected date.
The Blue Ridge Chorale’s 2014 Fall season wrapped up with concerts at two lovely and historic locations: the Reynolds’ Memorial Baptist Church in Sperryville and the beautifully renovated State Theatre in Culpeper. Singing before about 350 people in total, we had a wonderful time with our “Gloria” program. Director Bob Burnett, Youth Director Cathy ter Weele and Accompanist Jesse Ratcliffe as well as guests – a percussionist, a bassist and a brass quartet – brought the music to life for us, and what fun we had!
The Chorale was privileged to take part in the Culpeper Community Thanksgiving on November 20th at Culpeper Baptist Church. It was a warm and lovely community event, and singing there was a pleasure.
The Chorale had a great time singing at Dogwood Village in Orange. Our concert of old favorites and especially patriotic songs was a hit with our audience and inspired a lot of enthusiastic singing along. What a lovely venue Dogwood Village is!
On Friday, July 4th, the Blue Ridge Chorale participated in the Minute Men Chapter, SAR’s celebration of the Declaration of Independence. Directed by Bob Burnett, the Chorale sang a variety of patriotic songs before and during the ceremony, on the Courthouse Lawn in Culpeper. This was a beautiful day, a wonderful family event and a lovely way to commemorate the meaning of July 4th, and we still all got home in plenty of time for family cookouts!
Haley Fritz, left, and Johncie Carlson, right, sing a duet from Wicked.
Doug Schmit soloing “New York State of Mind” on the sax.
Kathy and Scott Tester add their music to the songs of West Side Story.
Jack Garber sings a solo from Les Miserables.
We had a wonderful time singing our New York concert! The performance at Open Door Church on April 26th hosted and audience of about 125 wonderful folks; on the 29th we sang for a room of about 50 at the Culpeper Baptist Retirement Community and then on May 7th performed before an audience of 350 at the new State Theatre along with 2 of our neighboring chorales: the Bel Canto and the Madison Choral Society, in a celebration of choral music in the area. What a great concert season!
Mark your calendars for the Blue Ridge Chorale’s concert, A New York State of Mind, directed by Carole Tomhave, on Friday, April 26th at Open Door Baptist Church at 7:00 pm. The concert features Broadway music, songs of the City That Never Sleeps, and much more! This will be an evening of music, dance and fun for all ages. Admission will be $10
for adults, $5 for children, and $25 for family, and can be paid at the door. Cafe refreshments will be sold by the Culpeper Band Boosters, and dancers from the Excell Dance Studio will perform. It’s going to be a lively, fun and musical evening, so put on your city clothes and step out to join us in celebrating The Big Apple!
Update: Well, our sale went very well, thanks to you all, and the flowers will be brought to our rehearsal on this Monday, March 25th for pick-up. Special thanks to Joyce Calhoun for wrangling this fundraiser!
The Chorale is selling spring flowers, to be ordered by next Monday, March 18th and delivered on March 25th (which is the Monday before Easter). The choices are: 6″ pots of tulips (mixed colors: 5-6 bulbs per pot), hyacinths (mixed colors: 4 per pot) and white Easter lilies. These are lovely flowers: great for use in the home, and for church or office decoration as well as wonderful gifts for family, friends and shut-ins. All three of these bulb varieties can be planted outdoors for recurring blossoms each spring. The plants cost $8 per pot, with a free pot added to every 7 of the same plants in one order – for instance, ordering 7 pots of tulips will get you 8 at no extra cost.
We are taking orders this week only. Email or call for more information, and get your order to us by next Monday, March 18th. Flowers can be picked up at our rehearsal on Monday the 25th.
As a not-for-profit community chorale, our fundraising proceeds are a major support of our budget. Your participation in our fundraising events is valuable, and we greatly appreciate it!
With 40 members enrolling this spring, we have a full house for a busy season! We’ll be singing songs of and about New York City, including Broadway favorites. This is such a fun concert!