(November 25 – Boulder, CO) – This season the Boulder Chorale commemorates its 50th anniversary of performing choral arts in the Boulder community. To celebrate this monumental occasion the Boulder Chorale is launching One Song, One Boulder, to share the love of singing throughout the Boulder community.
The One Song, One Boulder project invites community members to record themselves performing a well known and widely loved tune, Sing, Sing a Song and share it via social media on YouTube, Facebook, or Twitter using the hash tag #BoulderSings.
“Although this is my first year conducting the Boulder Chorale, I’ve already become excited about the group’s 50th anniversary. A recent NPR report urges arts organizations to ‘step off the stage’ into the community; here we come!” Dr. Vicki Burrichter, the Artistic Director of the Boulder Chorale commented, “In this way, we hope to encourage Boulderites to become singers themselves, rather than experiencing choral art only by listening to a concert.”
Boulder Chorale’s Executive Director, Ethan Hecht agrees, “I think that our ability to bring diverse groups together to work on this project and all sing the same song is a wonderful way to build community, get people singing, and bring attention to our organization.”
The Boulder Chorale hopes to reach new and diverse audiences through One Song, One Boulder. “There is so much noise online and in the virtual world that is hard to cut through for an organization like ours. Let’s face it; a concert of choral music isn’t exactly world news. This project has the potential to really clue people in to the singing community in Boulder and to our organization specifically.” Mr. Hecht continued, “If someone sees a video of the song, of course, the project is already successful. But ultimately we want to inspire people. We want people to make a decision to sing, whether that’s on their own or in a group of some kind. In a perfect world, we also want them to tune into our organization and see what we’re up to. We’ve got a lot of exciting things planned for our 50th Anniversary Season and beyond. I think people will be surprised by some of the concerts we’ll be presenting.”
The Boulder Chorale invites groups and individuals in the Boulder community to use their video cameras or cell phone cameras to capture themselves performing Sing, Sing a Song and share it on social media. No need for vocal training or to perform in a formal choral style. It is about sharing the love of song and enthusiasm for your community. If you would like, you can also issue a challenge to your follow Boulderites to record and share their song as well.
“I’m really looking forward to seeing the different versions of the song as they are posted on social media.” Mr. Hecht said, “We expect recordings from all sorts of groups including bank tellers, chamber employees, other singing groups, and maybe even the green vests at McGuckins. I can’t wait until our Gala in April when we will show a video editing together all of recordings.”
Visit www.BoulderChorale.org/Concerts/One-Song-One-Boulder for helpful tips and additional information about filming and posting your contribution to One Song, One Boulder.
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A complete list of Boulder Chorale’s events follows, and additional information may be found at www.BoulderChorale.org.
Barnes & Noble Book Fair
2915 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80301
1:00pm – 4:00pm
December 11 & December 13
First United Methodist Church
1421 Spruce St, Boulder, CO 80302
Friday, December 11 at 7:00pm
Sunday, December 13 at 4:00pm
50th Anniversary Celebration highlighting One Song, One Boulder
1535 Spruce Street
About the Boulder Chorale:
The Boulder Chorale is the Boulder area’s oldest and largest choral group. For 50 years, we have been one of the premier choirs in Boulder, singing majestic and moving masterworks from composers like Mozart, Brahms, and Beethoven. The Boulder Chorale sings music from diverse genres and cultures: jazz, flamenco, African, Brazilian, Indonesian, and American; collaborating with fantastic Boulder County and SCFD organizations; and creates multi-media concert experiences that inspire and delight our audiences. In addition, we serve the community through educational programs, and commission and encourage new choral works by composers from a variety of cultures.
About Dr. Vicki Burrichter:
Dr. Vicki Burrichter became Artistic Director of the Boulder Chorale in July of 2015. Under her leadership, the Chorale will continue to showcase its 50-year history of musical excellence in performing classical music, while expanding into diverse musical traditions of the world and innovative concert presentations.
Dr. Burrichter is also an experienced orchestra conductor and founder and director of several musical non-profits as well as a successful production company, VIART Productions, LLC. She speaks on the business of artistic social entrepreneurship to organizations across the country.
Highlights of her work include directing Voices of Light, an oratorio set to the 1927 Carl Dryer film, The Passion of Joan of Arc; a tour with students to Cuba to perform with the National Choir of Cuba; conducting the Colorado Symphony and 200 singers in the secular oratorio Sing for the Cure; twice collaborating with the Cleo Parker Robinson Dance Ensemble to perform jazz legend Mary Lou Williams’ Mary Lou’s Mass at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts; founding the SOAR! Youth and Adult Choir, which mentors foster/adopted children in choral music and life skills and has been nationally-recognized for its inter-generational approach and youth mentoring; winning a Gold Medal at the New York Choral Festival with her chamber choir of ten years, Canto Spiritus; and recording with that ensemble the CD Brazil! The Choral Music of Marcos Leite. She teaches voice and performance privately, and was described by teacher and author David Craig (On Performing; On Singing Onstage) as: “One of the most brilliant performers I have ever taught.”
Dr. Burrichter is a lifelong educator, and has taught all levels from elementary school through college. She holds a Doctorate in Choral Literature and Conducting, a Masters in Music, Bachelors in Theater, and did post-undergraduate studies in jazz, African music, and twentieth-century music. Her doctoral dissertation was on the choral music of Dr. Gwyneth Walker. Her mentors and teachers include conductors Marin Alsop, Vance George, Pierre Boulez, and Robert Shaw. www.DrVickiBurrichter.com.
About Ethan Hecht
Since completing his Masters of Music at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2002, Ethan Hecht has cultivated careers as both a performing musician and nonprofit administrator. As a performing musician Mr. Hecht is the principal violist of the Fort Collins Symphony and has played with almost every professional orchestra along the Front Range as well as the Honolulu Symphony. In February of 2014 he had the wonderful opportunity to appear as a soloist with the Fort Collins Symphony.
Mr. Hecht has also served many nonprofit organizations. He spent fourteen years with the Colorado Music Festival and Center for Musical Arts where he began as Orchestra Personnel Manager and finished as the Director of the organization’s community music school in Lafayette. He has also worked with the Pro Musica Colorado Chamber Orchestra and Colorado Mahlerfest. As a volunteer, Mr. Hecht currently serves as the chair of the Lafayette Public Library Advisory Board.
Mr. Hecht lives in Lafayette with his wife and nine year-old daughter who sings in the Boulder Children’s Chorale. Together they enjoy making and listening to music, cooking, hiking, skiing, and camping.
Press release available for download in .pdf: Boulder Chorale Launches One Song, One Boulder