Park City Singers will collaborate with the Salt Lake Choral Artists
The Park City Singers, the area’s non-audition community choir, has spread Yuletide cheer for 18 holiday seasons.
This year, the choir will collaborate with the Salt Lake Vocal Choir, one of seven different ensembles from the world-renowned Salt Lake Choral Artists, directed by Dr. Brady Allred.
The collaborative concerts will be held Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15.
Saturday’s performance will be at All Saints Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City. Friday’s concert will be at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Park City.
The Park City Singers will also perform a third concert by themselves on Dec. 17, at the Park City Community Church.
Debra Cook, director of the Park City Singers, said she is thrilled to work with Allred.
"This is a great opportunity for us, because Brady is one of the great conductors and a jewels in our state," Cook told The Park Record. "Each year, we try to bring our level up, which is a challenging goal for a non-audition choir and this is a great progression to attain that goal."
Allred said he had always wanted to build bridges between his artists and other choirs around the state, and this practically fell into his lap.
"When I formed our Men’s Choir earlier this year, one of the fellows that sang with us was a member of the Park City Singers," Allred said. "I asked if he would help me meet the director and arrange a collaboration."
When they met, Cook and Brady realized they had known each other in college.
"I didn’t know she was the director for the Park City Singers," Allred said. "So it was a surprise, but a welcome one."
Cook and Allred began planning the Christmas concert last summer.
"I approached our board of directors and they thought it would be fun to do a collaboration," Cook said.
After a couple of meetings, the directors decided on a program.
"We thought it would be great for both groups to sing some pieces together," Allred said. "Debra shared some things they had done in the past and let me know about some of the Park City Singers traditions."
Likewise, Allred gave Cook some ideas as well.
"When we had our first rehearsal with Brady, it was so exciting," Cook said. "It was a training session for us, because we’re getting the benefit of all this world-class experience."
The collaborative concerts will open with both choirs singing "Sussex Choir" and "O Holy Night."
"’O Holy Night’ is one of the traditional pieces that the Park City Singers do and Debra will be the soloist," Allred said.
The choirs will also perform "Still Still Still" and Glen Rudolph’s "The Dream Isaiah Saw."
"At the end of the concert, we will do the ‘Hallelujah Chorus’ from ‘The Messiah’ and Donald Fraser’s ‘This Christmastide,’ which is one the Salt Lake Vocal Artists have always sung," Allred said.
During the evening, each choir will sing works on its own, Cook said.
"We have an arrangement of ‘Away in a Manger’ that will be performed with a children’s ensemble," she said. "The children’s ensemble will also sing ‘Somewhere in My Memory’ from the film "Home Alone" with us as well."
The Park City Singers will also perform two secular pieces, "Let It Snow" and "Sleigh Ride."
For the Salt Lake Vocal Artists’ set, Allred said they will perform two renditions of "Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day."
"One is by Robert Ashfield and the other is by John Rutter," Allred explained. "They work well together. In these pieces, Dancing Day is a metaphor for birthday, and is a reference to the birth of Jesus Christ."
The Vocal Artists will also sing "Virgin’s Slumber Song" by Gasper Jereb, "What Sweeter Music" by Michael Fink, "Ave Regina Caelorum" by British composer Philip W.J. Stopford and a Spanish carol called "El Rorro,"
There will be more than 100 voices in the combined choirs, Allred said.
"I really enjoy the experience of working with other organizations because it gives the choirs a chance to meet each other," he said. "I have made many friends through choral singing and this is another way for all of us to make friends."
The Park City Singers will team with the Salt Lake Vocal Artists for two holiday concerts this month. The first will be on Saturday, Dec. 14, at All Saints Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City at 7 p.m. and the second will be Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 4595 N. Silver Springs Rd., at 7 p.m. The Park City Singers will present a third concert on their own on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at Park City Community Church, 4501 S.R. 224, at 7 p.m. Adult tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Children younger than 12 will be admitted for $5. For more information, visit http://www.parkcitysingers.com .
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