The Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale will be performing Verdi's Requiem with the Boise Philharmonic on November 22 & 23, 2013 as part of the 2013-2014 Classic Series Concert Season. Season Subscriptions are available through the Boise Philharmonic website or by calling (208) 344-7849. Individual concert tickets go on sale August 1, 2013.
The Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale is an auditioned chorus of more than 100 singer volunteers, which has provided the greater Boise area with choral master works since 1975. The inaugural concert that year was a performance of Handel’s Messiah with the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra!
In addition to performing with the Philharmonic, the Chorale has also collaborated with other area arts groups including the Boise Baroque Orchestra, Ballet Idaho, Idaho Dance Theatre, Opera Idaho Children’s Chorus, Treasure Valley Concert Band, Boise State University Symphonic Orchestra, as well as other local choruses. The Chorale has performed numerous times for Boise Music Week and has invited area high school singers to participate as part of an educational outreach effort.
The Chorale is led by Dr. James Jirak who is in his sixteenth year as Artistic Director and conductor of the BPMC. The ensemble rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:00 until 9:00 at the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy.
The Boise Philharmonic 2012-2013 Classic Series Concert Season highlighted the artistic voices of the Chorale performers with an exciting world premiere: A Sacred Land, by Idaho composer Jim Cockey and with choreography danced by Ballet Idaho. The music was commissioned at the request of the Boise Philharmonic Orchestra in celebration of the Boise sesquicentennial celebration. Prior to that, the Chorale had commissioned and performed two multi-movement works for choir and orchestra. The first was composed by Vijay Singh, for the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial. Entitled Sons of the West, the text included excerpts from the diaries of expedition members while they traveled through present-day Idaho. The second commission went to Paul Aitken who composed a five movement work entitled And None Shall be Afraid using peace prayers from Jewish, Native American, Muslim, Christian, and ancient Chinese sources. This work had a New York premiere in Carnegie Hall in 2010 and has since been performed again at Carnegie Hall.
Auditions for the Boise Philharmonic Master Chorale are held each August, or by appointment. The Chorale is interested in adding experienced singers who have good tone, pitch, diction, rhythm, and music-reading skills. If you are interested in auditioning for the Chorale, you may call 426-4101 to schedule. Singers are required to bring a prepared solo. Come join us!
Dr. James Jirak - Artistic Director
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