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A cordial invitation from

The Community Chorus of Detroit

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“The FANTASTIC Choir: Making Choral Excellence Happen”

Join us for this exciting day for SE Michigan choir members, conductors, and choral ensembles of all levels, from community to church to professional choirs, with special guest, Grammy® Award-winning conductor Dr. Jerry Blackstone, Director of Choirs and Chair of the internationally acclaimed conducting department at the University of Michigan, who will present a two-part program on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at Central United Methodist Church in downtown Detroit, sponsored by the Community Chorus of Detroit.  For those who attended last year, this is exciting, all-new material.  The morning session will cover Jerry’s top tips for ways we can all improve in our choral work, and bonus material will include his “Top 20” repertoire favorites.  We’ll break for a delicious pizza-buffet lunch, followed by an afternoon session with Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Community Chorus of Detroit, and Diane Linn, CCD Executive Director and President, who will present “Creating a FANTASTIC Choir: Nuts and Bolts,” based on their forthcoming book.  This presentation will include a behind-the-scenes look at what makes a great choir happen, including recruitment, fundraising/development, volunteers, building esprit de corps, and more.  After a short break, we’ll return for a community sing of the Brahms Requiem, with Jerry Blackstone as conductor, employing the ideas from our morning session.  Don’t miss this inspiring, FANTASTIC opportunity to learn how to improve your choral-music skills, performance, and experience!

 Schedule of the day: “Creating a FANTASTIC Choir: Making Choral Excellence Happen”

  • 10:00 check-in
  • 10:30 morning session: keynote lecture/workshop presentation – Dr. Jerry Blackstone
  • 12:00 lunch
  • 1:00 afternoon session: “Creating a FANTASTIC Choir: Nuts and Bolts” – Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm and Diane Linn
  • 2:00 break
  • 2:15 community sing (where you are the choir!) of the Brahms Requiem – Dr. Jerry Blackstone, conductor
  • 3:45 end

PARTICIPATION INFO:

  • All-inclusive tickets are $20 in advance and $30 at the door, and include pizza-buffet lunch (with veggie option).
  • Please bring a Brahms Requiem score; a limited number of scores will be available to borrow while supplies last.
  • Advance-registration admission is free to those who register and pay for membership in the Community Chorus of Detroit for fall ’14 or the 2014-15 season. To register for the CCD, please go to Membership/Register.  Then, make your reservation for “The FANTASTIC Choir” by sending a note to info@communitychorusofdetroit.com to let us know you’ll be there.
  • A major portion of net proceeds will benefit the NOAH Project, serving homeless people in Detroit.

Participant Name(s):


Pre-registration ends Thursday, 8/21, 11 pm

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Join the Community Chorus of Detroit!

Join the CCD for a super-star year!  From magnificent holiday music (below) in December to our May concerts entitled Critical Mass, with music ranging from the sublime mass of Josquin de Prez, to Lous Vierne’s elegant mass interpretation, to the house-rocking Gospel Mass by Robert Ray, and exquisite music linking these works, this year’s repertoire will feature some of the most fabulous musical experiences ever!  For a complete repertoire list, please see our Chorus Handbook.

And, of course, you won’t want to miss our European tour in October, 2015 to northern France, where we’ll sing at some of Europe’s most magnificent and deeply moving venues, including – among many – the Cathedrals of Notre Dame in both Paris and Chartres, the Bayeux Cathedral, an extraordinary Loire Valley site, and the American Cemetery on the Normandy beaches, where we will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as we pay musical tribute to the fallen heroes of WWII.  This tour is open to guest singers as well as non-singing travelling companions.

If you are considering joining the CCD, we cordially invite you and a guest to attend our…

Welcome Dinner

on Tuesday, August 26, at 6:30 pm.  This event, held at a private home near our rehearsal venue in Detroit’s Indian Village area (Van Dyke and E. Jefferson), is planned as an opportunity for prospective singers to meet our choristers and our CCD conductor, Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm.  There is no charge and no obligation, and we hope you will attend!  Please make your reservation and receive address info, with an email to: info@communitychorusofdetroit.com. 

For complete info about the chorus, please click on Chorus Handbook, where you will find specifics about repertoire, dates, venues, and all details about the CCD.

To register for the CCD, please click Membership/Register where you will find a registration form and a  “Pay now” Paypal button, with additional info about a mail-in option.

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December, 2014 Concerts

Mark your calendar for A Jubilant Song, our two CCD concerts of seasonal music from across the ages, featuring great music from Poulenc to Pentatonix, and Elgar to Billy Joel.  This holiday extravaganza features great soloists and the CCD orchestra, with Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm conducting.  Concerts are on Friday, December 12, at 7:30 and Saturday, December 13, at 4:00, at the magnificent Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church in Detroit’s historic Indian Village, 8625 E. Jefferson Ave. at Burns, Detroit 48214, with secure parking. Advance-purchase tickets are $20.  Tickets at the door are $25.  Patrons, with preferred seating, are additional; please see Support for patron details.  Tickets go on sale in November.

Please join us for Detroit’s Community-Sing Messiah on Sunday, December 20 at 4:00 at the historic, nationally renowned Central United Methodist Church on Grand Circus Park in downtown Detroit.  After a brief rehearsal, you – the audience members – become the choir for a rendition of this beloved work, with fabulous soloists and the magnificent Skinner/Moller organ, and with Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm conducting.  Please bring your score (any edition), or you may borrow one, while supplies last.  There will be no tickets and no charge, just a free-will donation to defray costs. 

Special concert feature at our 12/12 & 13 concerts:  A super silent auction – for the ultimate holiday gift, a vacation package for a photo safari for two at a private game reserve in South Africa!  This spectacular trip of a lifetime is for six unforgettable days and nights at the Zulu Nyala Game Reserve.  See giraffes, cheetahs, elephants, zebras, and rhinos in the wild, and much more!  Three fabulous buffet meals per day prepared by renowned international chefs and two game-viewing activities per day are included. Value: $4,950.

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Questions: info@communitychorusofdetroit.com

 

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To see our CCD Kickstarter trailer, which will provide you with info about the chorus and our recent performance of the

Verdi Requiem

please click: http://t.co/RePUG6Ghaj. Our CCD conductor, Dr. Edward Maki-Schramm, and all of us in the chorus extend our warmest thanks to you – members of our Metro Detroit community – for your generous support that made this concert possible. With 250 musicians, a sold-out house with 1,000 in the SRO audience, stellar soloists – all with Metropolitan Opera connections (Jennifer Barnickel-Fitch, Irina Mishura, Dustin Scott, Stephen West), and renowned introductory speakers (Rochelle Riley, Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Rabbi Joseph Krakoff, and the Hon. Roey Gilad, Consul General of Israel), the concert commemorated the 16 performances of the Requiem by the prisoners of the Terezin concentration camp in WWII. Samuel Marder, a Holocaust survivor who plays violin with the Radio City Music Hall orchestra in NYC, served as our Assistant Concertmaster. The concert was a powerful, meaningful, and profoundly moving experience for all of us, musicians and audience members alike, and we thank you for helping us to make it happen.

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All of us in the Community Chorus of Detroit thank you – our supporters – for all you do to help us to continue “Singing in the Heart of Detroit!”