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Spring Season Starting Soon!

December 15th, 2015 | Posted by Carolyn in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Spring Season Starting Soon!)

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 info@brcsings.com if you have questions, or call 540-219-8837.

 

* Note the change, please: this is a corrected date.

Wonderful Concerts! “Gloria” was Glorious!

January 7th, 2015 | Posted by Carolyn in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Wonderful Concerts! “Gloria” was Glorious!)

 

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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!

 

 

Community Thanksgiving 2014

January 7th, 2015 | Posted by Carolyn in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Community Thanksgiving 2014)

Community Thanksgiving 2014

 
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.

Singing at Dogwood Village on Sept 12th

October 21st, 2014 | Posted by Carolyn in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Singing at Dogwood Village on Sept 12th)

The Chorale had a grSinging at Dogwood Village 091214eat 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!

Singing on July 4th!

July 3rd, 2014 | Posted by Carolyn in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Singing on July 4th!)

P1010218   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 inP1010213 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!

What a concert!

May 11th, 2013 | Posted by Carolyn in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on What a concert!)
Haley Fritz, left, and Johncie Carlson, right, sing a duet from Wicked.

Haley Fritz, left, and Johncie Carlson, right, sing a duet from Wicked.

Doug Schmit soloing "New York State of Mind" on the sax.

Doug Schmit soloing “New York State of Mind” on the sax.

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Kathy and Scott Tester add their music to the songs of West Side Story.

Jack Garber sings a solo from Les Miserables.

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!

“A New York State of Mind”

April 11th, 2013 | Posted by Carolyn in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on “A New York State of Mind”)

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

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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!

Spring Flower Sale – This Week Only!!

March 13th, 2013 | Posted by Carolyn in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Spring Flower Sale – This Week Only!!)

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!

Busy Rehearsing!

February 21st, 2013 | Posted by Carolyn in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Busy Rehearsing!)

February 2013 Rehearsal 008With 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!

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Christmas Concert 2012!

January 7th, 2013 | Posted by Carolyn in Uncategorized - (Comments Off on Christmas Concert 2012!)
We had a wonderful Christmas concert season.  We sang carols at the Community Tree Lighting in Culpeper, and sang our concert program for and with folks at the Boxwood Center. We then performed an Evening Out concert at Prince Michel Vineyards.  Our final "Sing We Now of Christmas" concert was at Reynolds Memorial Church in Sperryville, where we were accompanied by the Culpeper Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir.  It was a terrific concert in a beautiful, historic setting, and Reynolds rang with Christmas spirit and joy!

We had a wonderful Christmas concert season. We sang carols at the Community Tree Lighting in Culpeper, and sang our concert program for and with folks at the Boxwood Center. We then performed an Evening Out concert at Prince Michel Vineyards. Our final “Sing We Now of Christmas” concert was at Reynolds Memorial Church in Sperryville, where we were accompanied by the Culpeper Presbyterian Church Handbell Choir. It was a terrific concert in a beautiful, historic setting, and Reynolds rang with Christmas spirit and joy!