The season began with the Cincinnati May Festival’s annual Carolfest celebration at Music Hall; the choir was introduced by the May Festival Chorus’s music Director Robert Porco, and performed a short set for an audience of nearly 3,500. It was a long day for the boys – the first rehearsal was at 9:00 am, the last performance finished at 5:00 pm, and down time was spent playing cards, munching on pizza, and rehearsing for the upcoming subscription concerts.
The following day, after a private concert at Deupree House in Hyde Park, the Boychoir appeared as special guests on the Blue Ash-Montgomery Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Program (Michael Chertock, conductor), joining together for carols and a beautiful rendition of “God Bless America.” Plans are already in the works for future appearances with this top-notch orchestra for upcoming seasons.
Missed the Boychoir in concert this December? Use the player below to listen to a medley of carols (Randall Wolfe, conductor), from the album “Gift,” now available for purchase.
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To cap off the season, the Christmas With The Cincinnati Boychoir subscription concerts filled both venues – Saturday night at the First United Church of Christ in College Hill, and Sunday afternoon at St. Mary Church in Hyde Park. Audiences turned out for a program of readings and carols, from the traditional (“Ding Dong, Merrily on High”) to the contemporary (“O magnum mysterium” by Morten Lauridsen). The readings loosely traced the nativity story, with interpolated poetry by Langston Hughes, Robert Frost, and others. Additionally, the newly formed Alumni Chorus made their debut with a setting of “Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming” and American composer Randall Thompson’s “Stopping By The Woods” from his Frostiana. The Alumni Chorus is made up of men ages 15 and up who are graduates of the Boychoir program; they will begin regular rehearsals in late January.
If you spend time downtown, you may have caught a glimpse of the Cincinnati Boychoir at several locations this December; on a Friday afternoon early in the month, the boys participated in a carol-a-thon, wandering between building lobbies to bring a bit of holiday cheer to the hustle and bustle of business life downtown. The finale of the season came in an unlikely place, as well: on the big screen in Fountain Square! This past Saturday evening, all three of the treble choirs caroled next to the fountain, preceding the arrival of Santa and a fantastic fireworks display. Despite the light rain falling, the boys joined together to sing favorite holiday hits.
And so the season is off and running! Aside from the subscription concerts taking place in March and May, the boys will perform upwards of twenty concerts between January and July, including appearances with the May Festival and the Cincinnati Opera. If you attended any of the December concerts, we welcome you to leave a comment here!