Hinsdale Chorale Presents: "Sing for the Children"
Date: March 21, 2013
Location: Illinois, USA
Choir type: Community Choirs
The Hinsdale Chorale will perform its spring program, entitled “Sing for the Children,” on Saturday, April 13, 2013, at 7:00 pm at First Congregational Church, 1106 Chestnut St., Western Springs, IL. This program marks the debut of new artistic director, Alan Wellman, who brings a wealth of musical credits and accolades to this new role and will highlight works composed by Chicago area residents Lita Grier and Daniel R. Salotti, as well as Stephen Sondheim and John Rutter.
This eclectic program inspired by the children of the world is comprised of a variety of pieces from contemporary, sacred, pop and show tune genres and will be performed in collaboration with several children's choirs including the Alleluia and Spirit Choirs of First Congregational Church of Western Springs under the direction of Natalie Ingrisano and the St. John Choristers of St. John Lutheran Church of Forest Park under the direction of Paul Lindblad. Dr. Michael Oriatti, will return as guest conductor for a farewell performance.
Longtime Chicagoan, Lita Grier, won early recognition as a composer. She was awarded First Prize in the New York Philharmonic Young Composer’s Contest at age sixteen, later graduated from the Juilliard School and UCLA, and studied with Lucas Foss and Aaron Copland. The chorale will feature two movements from Reflections of a Peacemaker, which was commissioned by the Chicago Children’s Choir in celebration of its 50th anniversary in 2007. These pieces are settings of poetry by Mattie Stepanek. Although his brief life ended in 2004, his poetry has been celebrated for its wisdom, courage, and beauty. Grier effectively sets these texts with sparkling harmonies and soaring melodies, capturing the excitement and enthusiasm of children, while paying homage to the profundity of Stepanek’s thoughts.
Daniel R. Salotti wrote Requiem for the World's Unwanted Children in 2010. The Latin texts for Requiem come from the Roman rites for the "Mass of the Dead." Salotti uses inspiration from Gregorian chant and 20th century composition techniques to create a sublime musical homage to children. The work is dedicated to all the “alienated, abused and abandoned children throughout the world,” says Salotti. “It is my hope that it will serve as a living tribute to them all—those that were, those that are, those that will be and those undreamed of.”
Kathy Christian continues to delight audiences as the chorale’s accompanist. Joining shortly after the choir’s inception in 1999, Mrs. Christian is a member of the music faculty at North Central College in Naperville and is very active as organist at First Congregational Church in Western Springs.