Concert weekend is upon us once again!

Come join the fun this weekend!!! Concerts are the usual 7:30 pm start Frday and Saturday night and the usual Hancock Church location. Same great place, same great time, same great expectation of fun and exciting music and musicians to boot!

The wonderful Genithia Hogges will be joining us once again in singing Felix Mendelssohn’s Hear My Prayer. She sings like an angel, and makes it look completely effortless.

It’s gonna be GREAT!!

Buy tickets, come see us sing, have a great weekend. Simple as that..

If you can’t make it, we are sorry to miss you, but you really don’t want to miss it.

CONCERT WEEKEND APPROACHES!!

Hey everyone! Concert weekend is almost upon us! We had our first of two dress rehearsals last night and it is sounding crisp. Can’t wait to see what it sounds like next week in the sanctuary!

Concerts are: Friday and Saturday, January 18th and 19th. Both nights start time is scheduled for 7:30 pm.

It promises to be a wonderful concert with 4 wonderful soloists for the Mass in C, Opus 86 by Ludwig van Beethoven and a few more for The Carole King Musical, Selections, arranged by Roger Emerson. AND our fearless conductor Bob has something special planned for the audience in the second half of the concert, so be there, or miss out on the fun (I’m not telling you what it is, so I guess you’ll just have to come and check it out for yourselves).

You still have time to contact your favorite singer and have them purchase tickets for you at the discounted price, or to buy them online. Once Friday of the concert hits, the price goes up … so buy them now while you still can!

Hope to see you all there :)

~Erin

Singing Changes Your Brain: Another good reason to come to our concert in 2 weeks!

Hey all!

So, time is growing short before our next concert series!  (Exactly 2 weeks from TODAY!)  Gasp!  BUT that doesn't mean you can't still purchase tickets :)

I don't know about you all, but my e-mail inbox is about ready to explode.  In catching up on e-mails, I came across a reference for an article in TIME magazine titled, "Singing Changes Your Brain: Group singing has been scientifically proven to lower stress, relieve anxiety, and elevate endorphins"  (which I completely agree with). 

The article, which can be found here:
http://ideas.time.com/2013/08/16/singing-changes-your-brain/ mentions the health benefits of singing and how it can lower levels of cortisol, which can lower stress levels.  Singing can also relieve anxiety and contribute to overall quality of life.  I, personally, will be singing until I'm not able to talk anymore.  I love the way that singing lets me forget about the troubles of the day and focus on nothing but the here and now.  Even listening to music can help with stress levels and improve brain function.

On that note, come and enjoy a night of wonderful music for our "Let Freedom Sing!" concert series on Friday or Saturday (or both!) May 19th or 20th at 7:30 pm.  Price of admission is for Adults $17 in advance from either a chorus member or if purchased online, and $20 if purchased at the door, children under 13 are only $5. 

Questions?  Just ask!

~EB, Lexington Pops Chorus Blog Maven Extraordinaire

Another Concert Season Must Come to an End

So, the post you have all been waiting for has finally arrived!

Mr. Robert Chilcott: aka Bob Chilcott
He is an accomplished British Composer, Conductor, and Singer.  He primarily sang with various groups while growing up in London, and since 1997 has turned to conducting.   The piece we sang as a choir, A Little Jazz Mass, was originally composed in 2004 and sung for the Crescent City Choral Festival in New Orleans.  When we were first given this piece I was slightly befuddled that a Latin Mass was infused with this funky jazz beat.  After singing it through a few times, the two styles just seemed to fit more and more like a glove.  Smooth and yet expressive, but not forced.  There have been so many pieces that have been composed and feel like they were forced into one style or genre or another, where as A Little Jazz Mass just works.  Throw in the drum kit and string bass with the piano and we've got ourselves a party.  It might have been his involvement in all aspects of choirs that led him to create such a unique work.  Thanks, Bob, for a great addition to our concert!

Please head on over to Bob Chilcott's website for more information:
http://www.bobchilcott.com/

Overall, it was another marvelous and well-received concert season.  Multiple people whom I spoke with were very impressed by the repertoire chosen for the concert.   Sad that it's over, but happy that it ended on such a pleasing note :) (loved that encore song, The Storm is Passing Over - a real crowd-pleaser!)

Oh!  One more thing before I let you all go:  What are you doing Tuesday June 7th from 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm?  Nothing you say?  WELL!  Nothing no more!  We've got a great night planned for you to join us!  We're holding a Broadway Workshop for people to learn some techniques from Jason Iannuzzi (the Director of Choruses at the Lexington High School) and to sing some Broadway tunes.  For more information, check out the "Broadway Workshop : 6/7/16" tab at the top or head on over to our main page for the flyer!!  Registration is easy and hassle-free (leave a comment below if you feel otherwise, we'll see what we can do to accommodate you).  Come join us!

Later days folks, and enjoy the warm weather!!

~ EB, AKA: The Lexington Pops Chorus Blog Maven ~

Spring Is in the Air!

Good afternoon everyone!  Hasn't the weather just been delightful?  :)

We at the Lexington Pops have been quite busy again this Spring with rehearsals and evenings full of song.

A Little Jazz Mass by Robert Chilcott, some Rodgers and Hammerstein Broadway tunes, Showboat tunes, and one of my favorites, a little soul in the form of The Storm Is Passing Over by Charles Tindley, arranged by Barbara Baker (among several other songs!).

Stay "tuned" for a bio blurb on Mr. Robert Chilcott himself!

And don't forget, if you're in the Chorus, Potluck Pre-Rehearsal Party in just a few short weeks on the 22nd!

Have marvelous weeks all!