DE ChoralArts – CONCERT Sat. Nov. 21, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

TWO ROADS
Musical Nostalgia from Different Cultures

TWO ROADSFROSTIANA
…. Music by Randall Thompson
…. Poetry by Robert Frost

GOD’S TROMBONES
Seven Negro Sermons
…. Music by Roy Ringwald
…. Words by James Weldon Johnson
Joshua Martin and Tina Betz, Narrators

Also featuring
JUBILATE DEO … Henry Purcell
Gus Mercante, Countertenor
Katherine Soukup, Trumpet

Gods TrombonesDelaware ChoralArts
David Christopher, Music Director and Conductor
Robert Kennan, Pianist

Saturday, November 21, 2015 – 7:00 p.m.

The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801

For more information and tickets, visit www.delawarechoralarts.org or call Joan Nipe at (856) 376-3113

Evensong & Duruflé “Requiem” – Sun. Mar. 22, 2015 – 4:00 p.m.

Durufle, Requiem, Choral, SsAM, David Christopher, Organ

Maurice Duruflé

CHORAL EVENSONG
The SsAM Adult and Treble Choirs

MUSICAL SELECTIONS
   Solemn Prelude on a Theme by Thomas Tallis … Gerald Near
   Preces and Responses … Craig Phillips
   Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis … Derek Holman

   Requiem … Maurice Duruflé
        Philip Doucette, Guest Conductor
        Kimberly Doucette, Mezzo-Soprano
        Melissa Brun, Cello
        David Christopher, Organ

PRESS

QUOTES

“David Christopher balances like an expert – playing harpsichord for the Delaware Symphony, conducting operas, directing choirs and orchestras. His Christmas concerts at the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew combine sacred 16th-century polyphony with Caribbean jazz carols lets the congregation express their joy of diversity and community.”
… Margaret Darby, Delaware Arts Info


“The sound was so glorious and the program so well-chosen that one only hopes the group will revisit this literature in the not-too-distant future.”
                      … Christine Facciolo, Delaware Arts Info (May 2014)


“His relaxed presentation of each piece kept the whole audience in his hand, providing fascinating background about the music’s African-American roots”
                       … Chuck Holdeman, Delaware Arts Info (January 2014)


“I was privileged to be the organist for the Delaware Valley Chorale’s May 2013 concert, which featured Benjamin Britten’s Festival Te Deum and Rejoice in the Lamb and Robert Elmore’s oratorio The Cross … It was bold for David Christopher to program these difficult 20th century works. He has built both a marvelous choral ensemble that rose splendidly to the challenge and a strong loyal audience that supported this innovative program. The choir sang with musical excellence and great spirit as was evidenced by the enthusiastic response of the audience. This choir is a treasure and deserves great support.”
           … Robert Plimpton, Organist, First United Methodist Church (San Diego)
                             San Diego Civic Organist Emeritus

“As a professional musician – a singer, choral director, teacher, adjudicator and composer – I’ve enjoyed thousands of choral performances. But I can say that there are few choirs who sing with the heart, spirit, and style achieved by the Delaware Valley Chorale. There is an attractive specialness in each and every performance.”
                         … David Lockart, conductor, singer and music educator 

 “The more than 50 voices of the Delaware Valley Chorale joined together to sing Franz Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece The Creation. Accompanied by a fine orchestra, under the nimble baton of Conductor and Artistic Director, David Christopher, this all-volunteer chorus (selected by audition) graced the audience with a fabulous performance of this lively setting of one of the Bible’s most beloved and well-known passages.”                         … Jessica Grae, Delaware Arts Info

“The Delaware Valley Chorale’s concert Saturday night at Newark United Methodist Church was terrific — good enough to hear again on Sunday, Nov. 22, in Wilmington.”
                         … Rita Truschel, Delaware Arts Info

“Christopher has helped them grow into a group with a lush, unified quality. Each one of the singers is dedicated, and sings from a place of joy. That is exactly what they brought to the audience, too.”       … Jessica Grae, Delaware Arts Info


“The Delaware Valley Chorale, under the direction of David Christopher, sang beautifully … each word and voice part rang out clearly. Their rousing rendition of The Battle Hymn of the Republic energized the audience. Moving was their wordless Hymn to the Fallen, from John Williams’ “Saving Private Ryan” film score, accompanied by the DSO.”      … Jessica Grae, Delaware Arts Info

ONLINE REVIEWS

DVC Celebrates the English Choral Legacy

Exploring & Exalting Spirituals in Concert at SsAM

David Christopher conducted members of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and [the] Delaware Valley Chorale in a performance May 15 at Immanuel Church on Pennsylvania Avenue. 

January 28, 2014

 

Delaware Valley Chorale – Sat. May 10, 2014 – 7:30 p.m.

DVC_PostCard_EnglishChoral_March2014_ProofCDELAWARE VALLEY CHORALE
David Christopher, Conductor
David Hearn, Organ

Come, Ye Sons of Art… Henry Purcell
Hear My Words … C. H. H. Parry
Three Part Songs … Arthur Sullivan
Jubilate Deo … Benjamin Britten
Blest Pair of Sirens... C. H. H. Parry

Lauren Conrad Giza, Soprano
Augustine Mercante, Countertenor
Daniel Moody, Countertenor
Bill Gross, Baritone

With the SsAM Choral Scholars
and select trebles from the Wilmington Children’s Chorus

The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew
719 N. Shipley Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801

For tickets, visit www.delawarevalleychorale.org
or call Lisa Nichols at 302 740-2410.

$20 adults | $15 seniors (60+) & students | $10 children under 12
FREE PARKING adjacent to the church

Church Musician

David Christopher, The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, SsAM, Church Musician, Organist, Director of Music, Conductor, PeabodyDavid Christopher, MM, CAGO, has served as the Organist and Director of Music at The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew (SsAM) since April of 2001.  During that time, he has developed a rich, multi-cultural musical and liturgical program based in the Anglican tradition, but also incorporating Negro Spirituals, World Music, Chant, Gospel, Drumming and classical music from Renaissance to Contemporary. As a liturgical organist, David’s unique style of improvisation and service playing has served as the “glue” which holds together a liturgy embracing the music of many styles, cultures and faith traditions.

An excellent choral program at SsAM is led by the Adult Choir consisting of 20-25 singers with a core of eight professionals (The Choral Scholars).  A relatively new treble choir program for singers in 5th grade through young adults give singers extensive musicianship and vocal training through their participation in the SsAM Chorister Training Program (CTP), a customized version of the RSCM’s “Voice for Life” program.  Adult singers also have the option of participating in the Chorister Training Program.

Before coming to SsAM, David served as the Organist and Director of Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in the Great Valley in Paoli, Pennsylvania, First Presbyterian Church in Newark, Delaware, and Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, Delaware. David received his undergraduate degree in keyboard and vocal performance at West Chester University, and recently completed  a graduate degree at the Peabody Conservatory of Music as a student of Donald Sutherland.  Other notable organ teachers have included Harry Wilkinson, Robert Elmore and Alan Morrison.

David Christopher, Organist, Director of Music, Adult Choir, SsAM, The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew, Peabody

The Adult Choir of the Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew.

Click here to visit the SsAM website.

Conductor

David Christopher, Conductor, Music Director, Delaware Symphony, 4th of July, Musician, OrganistAs a conductor, David has built a varied and highly successful history as an interpreter of choral, orchestral and stage works. He has served as associate conductor for OperaDelaware where he made his opera conducting debut to critical acclaim in The Gondoliers (Gilbert & Sullivan), conducted Die Fledermaus (Strauss), and served as assistant conductor for numerous productions.  Other operatic credits include Die Zauberflöte (Mozart), The Merry Widow (Lehar), La Traviata (Verdi),  Savitiri (Holst), The Tender Land (Copland), Carmen (Bizet), The Nightingale (Stravinsky), as well as most of the Gilbert and Sullivan repertoire.

David Christopher, Duke Ellington, Sacred Concert, City of Wilmington, Conductor, Music Director, SsAM, Musician, OrganistThrough his association as conductor for the City of Wilmington, David has served as conductor and music director for the All-American Tribute Orchestra as part of the annual 4th of July Celebration in Tubman-Garrett Park at the Riverfront in Wilmington.  On several occasions he has conducted concerts featuring the sacred music of Duke Ellington (featuring jazz orchestra, soloists, chorus and dancers) in collaboration with Tina Betz and the City of Wilmington as part of the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival in Wilmington.

David is also the current artistic director of the Delaware ChoralArts (DCA), a position he has held since 2005.  Recent major oratorio and choral credits include Ein deutsches Requiem (Brahms) with DCA and the Delaware Symphony Orchestra,  Messiah (Handel), Grand Mass in C (Mozart), Holocaust Cantata (McCullough), Chichester Psalms (Bernstein), Judas Maccabaeus (Handel),  Lux Aeterna (Lauridsen), and Requiems by Durufle, Faure and Rutter.

David Christopher, Wilmington Children's Chorus, Conductor, Music Director, Artistic Director, Choir, MusicianAlso a recognized leader in training children’s voices, David founded The Wilmington Children’s Chorus in 2002 in collaboration with the Mayor of Wilmington’s Office of Cultural Affairs and The Episcopal Church of Saints Andrew and Matthew. Now a multi-cultural ensemble with over 140 children and staffed by some of the area’s finest music educators, The Wilmington Children’s Chorus has become one of the premiere children’s choirs in the region.

Recordings

DELAWARE CHORALARTS

The Last Words of David … Randall Thompson

Te Deum Laudamus … David Schelat

Serenade to Music … Ralph Vaughan Williams (Lisa Vaupel, violin soloist)

 

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