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”

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!!

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 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!

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!

Second Annual Holiday Marketplace Nov 17th

(We still have space for a few more vendors.  Call us at 540-223-5462 if you’re interested)

Here’s News: Christmas Shopping Can Be Fun!  

Christmas shopping really can be fun!

  • It’s fun to shop when the environment is comfortable and supportive and there’s a wide variety of goods available.
  • It’s fun to shop when you can share the experience with friends and family, and can get your lunch and snacks on location.
  • It’s fun to shop when you know your holiday budget is buying unique, high quality items while helping support local craftspeople, businesses, farms and vendors.
  • It’s fun to shop when one shopping trip can provide all these benefits and when you know your shopping is helping support a true community resource: the Blue Ridge Chorale.

 

On Saturday, November 17th, the Chorale is sponsoring its Holiday Marketplace at The Depot in Culpeper, from 11:00 am-5:00 pm. We’ll have up to 20 local artisan, specialty, farm and food businesses there.

Products available will include:   Unique, original designs in handmade jewelry and scarves.    Fine china and home decorations.  A wide selection of beautiful handmade pottery and crafts, all from this area.   Delicious homemade cakes, sweet breads and pies, to take home with you or to order for your holiday table.   Pretzel rolls, apple butter and baked goods.          Alpaca wool yarn and products.  Pampered Chef kitchenware.   A wide variety of textile products.  Hand painted signs and decorations.  Handbags and jewelry.   Sumptuous sauce and seasoning blends. Naturally scented oils and creams.  and… much, much more!

Put some merriment into your shopping at the BRC Holiday Marketplace!

Chorale Fall Season Is Here!

Bea Elliott and Sasha Clark give Dot Scott their registration info.

With a nice big group of singers and a fun and challenging program to generate great concerts, we have a wonderful season ahead of us! Though the Chorale is staffed with a record number of singers this season, we’ll still accept new members for another 2-3 weeks. Singers at all levels of experience are welcome to join our Chorale, or our Youth Chorale (for ages 7-14, starts Sept 17th). Call 540-948-4573 about joining us.

The Blue Ridge Chorale is a non-affiliated, not-for-profit community chorale serving Culpeper, Fauquier, Madison, Orange and Rappahannock Counties and their surrounds.  We meet on Monday evenings at Open Door Baptist Church on Rt 3 in Culpeper.

“Out of the Stars” – wonderful!

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What a great time we had singing our “Out of the Stars” concerts at the end of April!  We sang up a primordial storm in “Let There Be Light,”  kept our cool through the very moving “Sing Me to Heaven,” reveled in the mysterious “May It Be,”  and enjoyed a diverse and entertaining program of songs. In this photo, Margie Blankenship solos in “True Light.”   The concerts were fun, moving and really great to be part of.

Our Youth and Adult Chorales joined to sing “Child of the Universe.”   We had a multi-media program supporting our concert themes and even a starry, cafe

atmosphere for the concert at Germanna!  See our June Newsletter in Information Updates for more photos and news about our concerts.