Community Chorus performing with a professional orchestra?
Date: June 4, 2012
I posted the following in the Choral Discussions Forum of ChoralNet. I am getting some interesting opinions but then thought, why not post here in the Community Choirs Community? I flagged the thread if you are curious to see what the ChoralNet population in general has to say about this. I am hoping you all would have an interesting slant.
We are having a discussion around here about the benefits of having a local community chorus sing with a local professional symphony. One of my arguments for having a community chorus is chorus members bring people to concerts to hear them--and those people pay for tickets. Paying for tickets is good in this economy and this particular professional symphony needs the money. I was told it isn't true, chorus members don't bring extra people to concerts. It was also pointed out, musically, having a university chorus would be better but.....they would have to pay a stipend for the university chorus and the kids aren't local so wouldn't bring any extra audience members. These are not horrible local choral groups at all , they are better than average for community choruses, but *someone* thinks it looks better to have a university chorus.
There is also a thought to use core singers from all the local community choruses. Not ideal but the general idea of using local singers to not only sing a major choral work with the symphony but to help to bring in audience--*putting folks in seats*--seems a workable solution.
I am hoping to have some wonderful input from your wonderfully fertile minds........what are some better arguments for using local singers?