From the Director: Welcome to a New Season!

Season Postcard 2 CompressedAfter a summer of auditions and programming, the 2013-2014 CAE season is underway!  We’re three rehearsals in and will be at retreat this weekend.  It’s great to be back making music!  We have a number of new singers joining us who are already making their mark on the group and the October repertoire is already taking shape nicely!

There are so many things to be excited about for this concert season, and we hope that you, our loyal followers and supporters, will be as excited!  Our October concerts center around musical treatments of the classical elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air, with music spanning from the Renaissance era to music composed in the last decade.  You’ll hear Weelkes and Mozart and Mendelssohn, traditional folk songs, Moses Hogan, and even a piece from yours truly that somehow slipped past the programming censors.  It will be a wonderfully varied program showcasing how composers have used these elements to help tell stories and convey emotion.

Next up is the Grotto!  CAE will be singing at the Portland Grotto’s Festival of Lights on December 1st at 8:00 pm.  We will be reprising holiday and seasonal works from the last few December concerts, including works by Lauridsen, Gjeilo, Britten, Vaughan Williams and Victoria.  We are very excited to be singing in the Grotto’s chapel, an amazing place to sing, and hope you will come out to enjoy our both our concert and the Festival of Lights.

After starting off the month of December at the Grotto, we will get even busier as we head into our December Messiah concert series and long-awaited collaboration with the Portland Chamber Orchestra!  We are very proud to be partnering with the PCO to present this amazing work.  We will have concerts in Gresham, Hillsboro and two at Lewis and Clark College.  It will be exhausting, but as one famous conductor said, “when the music is this good, how dare we question what it demands of us.”   4 concerts, 3 amazing venues!

February brings the 2nd in our CAE Pops! Series, following last year’s opera and Broadway choruses concert, which proved to be an audience favorite.  We certainly had fun!  This year it’s the Great American Songbook, featuring a wide variety of styles and covering our country’s choral heritage from Colonial times through the present day.  It’s a lot to cover, but we promise to sing fast to get through it all!

Finally, we close our season in April with a celebration of two of our city’s famous attributes – wine and roses!  While the music of Mancini may make an appearance, we promise a much more uplifting concert than the movie!

It’s a big year for us – we look forward to sharing it with you.

David De Lyser

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