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The Aspen Choral Society

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The Aspen Choral Society is about to embark on its most ambitious season ever.The 2000-’01 season will feature two productions at Harris Concert Hall, the world premiere of two pieces composed by music director Ray Vincent Adams, and four performances of the “Messiah,” including one in Glenwood Springs.The season will open and close at Harris Hall, where the Choral Society has performed its season-closing concerts the past two years. The concerts are set for Dec. 7-8, and will feature the world premiere of Adams’ “Angels,” a three-part composition for women’s choir, as well as Vivaldi’s “Gloria.”The traditional presentation of Handel’s “Messiah” will open with a performance at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs on Dec. 13. The “Messiah” will then move to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Aspen for three nights, Dec. 14-16. All four performances will feature the combined powers of the Glenwood Springs Community Chorus and the Aspen Community Chorus.A Valentine’s Day program – Music, Chocolate & Champagne for Lovers – will be performed Feb. 14 at the Aspen Community Church, and will include a suite of love songs by Adams, set to text by the Sufi mystic Rumi. The season closes April 6-7 at Harris Hall, where the Aspen and Glenwood Community Choruses will again collaborate, on a performance of Brahm’s “German Requiem.” The concert will feature the largest orchestra ever assembled for the Aspen Choral Society.Adams is seeking singers to participate in the first round of Choral Society presentations. Rehearsals for the opening concert at Harris Hall begin Sunday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. at the Aspen Community Church, and continue every Sunday thereafter. Adams is looking for at least 60 women vocalists to sing “Angels.”Glenwood rehearsals for the “Messiah” begin Oct. 19, and will take place at 6 p.m. every Thursday at the Methodist Church until the concerts begin. Aspen rehearsals for the “Messiah” begin Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at the Aspen Community Church, and continue every Monday and Wednesday until the performances.All singers are welcome, and there are no auditions required for participation in any of the concerts. For further information, call Adams at 925-3685.


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