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Elgin Children’s Chorus “Emerald Voices” concert on March 13, 2011

02/07/2011 – Celebrating 25 years of teaching life through song, the Elgin Childrens Chorus and acclaimed Celtic singer/songwriters, Jenne Lennon, a chorus alumna, and Liz Madden will present “Emerald Voices” on Sunday, March 13, 2011, at 3pm at the Elgin Community College Arts Center, 1700 Spartan Dr in Elgin. Celtic melodies and fantastic young voices will combine to enchant and entertain.

Critics have called Jenne The Janis Joplin of Celtic Music. Liz Madden is celebrated for her velvet voice. As the duo, Shishonnah, they blend their Irish and American musical heritage with their Celtic and Native American traditions. They will perform original arrangements of A Highway Man and I Will Carry You as well as premiere Roses and Rain composed by Madden and Lennon from Elysian Dreams, their soon to be released recording. They will also accompany the Chorus on a number of Celtic tunes.

Jay Kellner will conduct the Concert and Chamber Choirs as they perform three traditional Irish tunes arranged by Mr. Kellner especially for the 25th Anniversary: The Cobbler, Eileen Aroon, and She Moved Through the Fair. The choirs will also perform the traditional Welsh lullaby “Suo-Gan” arranged by J. Ryan Rimington, Molly Malone, a traditional Irish folksong, and Loch Lomond a traditional Scottish Folk Song, arranged by Lee Kesselman and Jay Kellner.

Under the direction of Elizabeth Ellis, the Intermezzo Choir will perform Shady Grove, a traditional American folk song, arranged by Cary Cristi Miller; Button Up Your Overcoat, a Pop tune, arranged by Steve Zegree; Cantate Deo from Water Music Suite by George Frideric Handel; and Skye Boat Song, a traditional Scottish Song, arranged by Elizabeth Ellis.

Lisa Bettcher will direct the Boys Ensemble as they perform  Mi Gallo a Mexican Round and Zing Dem Herrn, a canon by Michael Praetorius.

Under the direction of Lisa Bettcher, Treble Choir will perform God Bless the Child by Arthur Herzog, Jr. and Billie Holliday, Jubilate Deo, a three-part canon, by Michael Praetorius, and Mi Chamocha, a hymn of praise, by Jonathan Dinkin.

To purchase tickets you may visit, call the Elgin Community College Arts Center box office at 847-622-0300 or stop by the box office at 1700 Spartan Drive in Elgin. Box office hours are from noon to 7p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 5p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 90 minutes before each performance. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students. Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

The Elgin Children’s Chorus is an in-residence ensemble at the Elgin Community College Arts Center. Funding for the Elgin Childrens Chorus is provided in part through the City of Elgin and the Elgin Cultural Arts Commission, the Grand Victoria Foundation, EFS Foundation, and the Cornelia A. and Florence B. Palmer Foundation. Contact: Ann E. Kepley Day Phone: 847-214-7146 Evening Phone: 847-697-2166 Fax: 847-622-3058 Email: [email protected]

Media Contact:
Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
77 Riverside Drive
Elgin, IL 60120
(800) 217-5362 or (847) 695-7540

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