A Chorus America 2009 national study estimated that nearly 28.5 million adults and children regularly perform in choral groups in the U. S., more than in any other art form. One or more adults in 15.6 percent of households in America performed in at least one chorus, and of those, almost 45 percent performed with more than one chorus. The study estimates the number of choruses in the U.S. to be 250,000. (For information — visit grunwald.com/pdfs/Grunwald_ChorusAmerica_Impact_Study.pdf)
Nevada County is right on target with an extraordinary number of noted community, school and church choirs. This winter, we encourage you to seek out some of the choral offerings in our area:
Nevada Union High School will present its annual and very popular Madrigal Dinners Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. Their winter concerts are Dec. 11-13. Bear River High School’s Winter Concerts will be Dec. 13 and 14. Both local high schools boast award-winning choir programs.
The Music in the Mountains chorale directed by Ryan Murray will present a Sing-along Messiah Dec. 1 with emeritus Artistic Director Paul Perry at the organ; a Dec. 8 matinee Holiday Children’s Concert with a surprise jolly guest in a red suit; and their annual Holiday Pops Concerts Dec. 8 and 9 with a festive brass quintet and a program of holiday favorites, including two works by local composers Mark Vance and Jerry Grant and featuring a guest appearance by the Foothill Children’s Chorus.
InConcert Sierra will present the Sierra Master Chorale conducted by Ken Hardin and accompanied by full orchestra for its annual celebratory holiday concerts, rich with your favorite seasonal gems and sing-alongs Dec. 15 and 16. Their program features the exciting Poulenc ‘Gloria’ with soloist Lyra Dominguez. Known for her work with local theater companies, she also holds a vocal degree from the University of the Philippines.
The Truckee Tahoe Community Chorus of Sierra College directed by Susan Horst, Chris Nelson and Dr. Thomas Acord will present “Songs of the Season” at The Resort at Squaw Creek, Olympic Valley, Dec. 11 and 12.
And if you’re a choral lover, you’ll enjoy The Center for the Arts’ presentation of “Go Tell It On The Mountain: The Blind Boys of Alabama Christmas Show” Dec. 1. The Blind Boys of Alabama are recognized worldwide as living legends of gospel music. Bear River High School’s Jazz Unlimited choir will open for this concert.
The choirs and organizations noted above are members of Nevada County Arts. Please visit www.nevadacountyarts.org to discover other significant art happenings offered right here in our community throughout the holiday season. NCArts is a member-supported organization facilitating collaborative efforts that promote and sustain the visual, literary and performing arts of Nevada County in order to advance the cultural, social and economic life of our community.
Julie Hardin is the Executive Director of InConcert Sierra, and Secretary of the Nevada County Arts Board of Directors.