Jack Brown, Artistic Director                 Joe Rose, Accompanist


 

Join Us For Our 2014-2015 Season

Blafield Children’s Chorus to Begin Fall Season with First Rehearsal Saturday September 6

The Blafield Children’s Chorus begins rehearsals for their 2014-2015 season at 10 a.m. on Saturday Sept. 6 in the auditorium of the Berkshire Athenaeum.The chorus is open to all children ages 6-13 from Berkshire County and surrounding areas. Their many performances in the new season will include Berkshire Lyric’s annual Christmas concert on December 20th in Pittsfield. They are also featured annually at the standing-room-only Main Street at Christmas Holiday concert in Stockbridge, taking place this year on Dec. 6. In March they will sing with the Berkshire Lyric Chorus in the Kick the Winter Blues popular concert in Lenox, on May 3 they present their own Young Musicians Concert along with winners of the vocal competition, and on May 31, they will finish the season singing again at Ozawa Hall.

The main Blafield Children’s Chorus is an auditioned chorus comprised of boys and girls in fourth through ninth grade.  During their weekly 90 minute rehearsal, the choristers receive intensive musical and vocal training.  There is also a start-up chorus for all interested boys and girls, first through fourth grade.  There is no audition for the start-up chorus. This group meets Saturday mornings at 10AM for a lively one-hour session.  Rehearsals are designed to teach basic musical and performance skills.

A simple audition the older group, fourth through ninth grade, will take place after the first rehearsal. This is a friendly and simple process where groups of three will be asked to sing some of the music we have learned that morning. We are looking for voices that can easily match pitch and sing in tune.For more information contact director Jack Brown at 413 298 5365.

 

Berkshire Lyric Chorus to Begin Fall Season with First Rehearsal Monday Sept 8.

For Returning Singers,

 

Greetings!  I hope that you have been enjoying a refreshing summer and are rested and ready to come join us for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. This past year was a very successful one for Berkshire Lyric. We plan to build on that with some wonderful music making.

 

Two Christmas programs: Saturday December 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Stockbridge and Saturday December 20 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Pittsfield.

 

Our Kick the Winter Blues Concert is set for Sunday March 22 at 3:00 p.m.  We will return to the Duffin Theatre at Lenox Memorial High School with the lighter program to be announced.

 

Our Spring Masterworks Concert is set for Sunday May 31 at 3:00 p.m. at Ozawa Hall,Tanglewood. Building on the success of our last two Tanglewood outings, we are planning a Grand Opera Extravaganza, featuring a quartet of outstanding soloists, including soprano Maureen O’Flynn

 

Rehearsals will resume on Monday September 8 at the Unitarian Church on Wendell Avenue in Pittsfield at 7:15 p.m. Please arrive early so that we have time for all to register and mingle before rehearsal begins. The membership fee for the fall semester will again be $60. If you know excellent singers who should be singing with us, bring them along. YOU are our best recruiting tool.

 

This year, new singers are admitted by audition only. They need to contact me directly to set up an audition prior to the first rehearsal. Returning singers need not audition.

 

This is my eighth year as artistic director of Berkshire Lyric. We must continue to grow in many ways: our performance quality, the number and quality of our singers, and the size of our audience. This will demand a real commitment from all of us. I tell the high school and college age choruses I work with to keep in mind several concepts: set goals, focus, work hard, be patient, take responsibility. It sounds mundane, but it has to happen to create some artistry.

 

I want the Berkshire Lyric Chorus to represent the very best in choral performance in our area. Let us all work hard to accomplish this. I promise an unusual mix of fun and great beauty.

 

Jack Brown

Artistic Director

 

For Interested New Singers

 

Welcome. Berkshire Lyric always welcomes new singers by audition. We are looking good singers with some prior choral experience, who can read music, sing in tune and blend well. Auditions are set for Sunday September 7 at the Pittsfield Unitarian Church (the same place we rehearse on Mondays) from 3:00 PM until 7:00 PM. Please contact me directly at 413 298 5365 to arrange a 10 minute slot. If you have a prepared piece, please bring it along. Otherwise, we can sing a folk song or something you might know from the hymnal.

 




 

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Is more than just a chorus – it is a community of choral groups for adults, teens and children with the common goal of learning and mastering the art of choral music

Supports a wide range of music education projects in the Berkshires including our annual Young Musicians Scholarship, Berkshire Lyric Choral Scholars and "Adopt a High School" programs

Offers tuition-free musical opportunities to children and teens through our professionally led Blafield Children's Chorus, Berkshire Teen Singers and free children's summer choral camp

Has been a fixture on the musical landscape of the Berkshires since 1963.

                

 

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Berkshire Lyric is a non-profit, federally tax exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is supported in part by a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council awarded by the following local cultural councils: Hinsdale-Peru, Pittsfield, Northern Berkshire, Windsor, New Marlborough, Stockbridge and Great Barrington. 

  




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