The Waupaca Community Chorus will begin rehearsals Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the choir room at Waupaca High School.
The scores will be on sale in the commons from 6:45 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with a rehearsal from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Rehearsals are scheduled from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesdays until the concert weekend April 2-3.
Marking its 48th anniversary of performing major choral works in Waupaca, this year’s concert selections include Gabriel Faurè’s “Requiem” and Randall Thompson’s “Testament of Freedom.”
The “Requiem” was last performed in 1999, and the “Testament of Freedom” in 1996.
“The ‘Requiem’ is very pastoral and wonderful melodies flow from every movement, while the ‘Testament of Freedom’ is full of wonderful brass and explosive percussion,” according to Dan Wolfgram, the concert director.
“If you have old scores of the works, you are welcome to use them. I plan on using the same editions as were used for the last presentation of these works by the choir. Please be sure that the ‘Testament of Freedom’ has four movements,” Wolfgram said.
Wolfgram said any singers in the area are welcome to join the Waupaca Community Chorus. Previous experience is not required, and there will not be auditions to participate with the choir that traditionally numbers between 120 and 150 singers.
“While the choir boasts several members that have been singing with the group since its inception, singers of all ages are encouraged to participate,” Wolfgram said.
Wolfgram said choir members who will be using old scores for both works are asked to contribute $5 membership dues. For those who are purchasing scores, the cost will be $15 for a single score or $25 for both scores. This cost includes membership dues.
For more information, contact Wolfgram at Waupaca High School, 715-258-4131, ext. 1419. He can also be reached through fineartsfestival.org.