Join us on August 25th for our first rehearsal of our new season. Our new Director, Bob Burnett, has planned a beautiful selection of Christmas and winter themed music sure to get everyone in the Holiday spirit. We also welcome our interim accompanist, Jesse Ratcliffe, who joins us while Brittany takes time out to become a first-time mother. And all of our BRC business will be kept in working order by our new Board President, Jodi Stone. It is sure to be a fabulous season with all these new leaders, with fresh ideas, taking their places!
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!
Spring 2014 finds the BRC singing songs from your favorite movies! Join us at one of our two concerts in May to hear memorable music from the movies–including medleys from Disney and James Bond, as well as other silver screen classics!
Join us on November 24 at the Hazel River on Davis Street!
The Chorale’s 2013 Holiday Marketplace will be held on November 24, from 11 – 5 at the Hazel River Armory on Davis Street in Culpeper, with so many gift ideas from local artisans and small business owners.
Mark your calendar now for one (or all) of our current season concerts. Our theme this season is The Gifts of Christmas.
Join us on November 22 at Prince Michel Vineyards for a 7:00 PM concert with hors d’oeuvres, and wine available for purchase.
On December 1st at 3:00 PM we will be sharing our music at the State Theatre. Tickets may be purchased through their box office at www.culpepertheatre.org
We will be sharing an evening with the Fauquier Community Band at their concert on December 16th at 7:00 at the Warrenton Community Center (430 East Shirley Ave.) “Holiday Voices Unite” is free to the public with a dessert reception to follow.
And don’t forget to join us at the Depot Tree Lighting ceremony on November 24 at dusk.
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!