Grahnquist Recognized at Richardson Heart for the Arts Gala
The Richardson Arts Alliance held its
annual Heart for the Arts gala on February 13, 2016, to celebrate those who have made considerable contributions to the arts in Richardson.
This year, our own Gary Grahnquist was named Patron of the Arts which is given to outstanding community leaders who have devoted time and resources to further the arts in the greater Richardson area. "Gary has been an active board member of three different arts organizations over the past twenty years. His dedicated support of
The Contemporary Chorale, Tuzer Ballet, and Richardson Symphony Orchestra are
representative of his commitment to support a wide variety of the arts in Richardson.
The First Sixty Years
Richardson's premier adult community choir celebrated our 60th anniversary with, "When I Hear Music". It was an amazing experience, for both the audience and the performers. Our Guest Artist and hosts were Nancy Brunson, WRR 101.1 radio personality and Scott Bardin, who graced our stage last year. The Virtual Contemporary Chorale returned and included singers from around the world. These singers uploaded videos of themselves singing to a video of our Artistic Director, Melanie Moore, conducting “When I Hear Music.” A video producer constructed a master video from these recordings and created The Virtual Contemporary Chorale that played simultaneously with the live Contemporary Chorale during our performances. It was quite a sight to see, the chorale singing, joined by our virtual choir on 2 huge screens on either side of us.
“When I Hear Music” was dedicated to our alumni, who sang thru out the years and continue to support us by attending all our shows. We were delighted to have some of our Alumni return to perform with us on this special occasion. The show was full of surprises. We recognized our alumni in the audience by asking them to join us on stage to perform “Big D”. This year our wonderful musicians, “The Chorale Combo”, were on stage with us and as always, they outdid themselves. We even had a surprise proposal on stage, after the chorale sang “Marry You”. Luckily, she said “yes”. Congratulations to the happy couple.
The chorale thanks our audience, supporters and faithful followers for allowing us to entertain you. Without you, there would be no show. Well, we would still be singing, because that’s just what we do, but singing without an audience isn't as much fun!
"Christmas With the Chorale" on December 12, 2015 at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Richardson was a wonderful success. Thank you to each of you came and celebrated with us.
Our show featured traditional carols and holiday selections that offered a wide mix of musical styles. We sang unique arrangements of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town", and "Here We Come A-Wassailing", along with a medley of songs from the Broadway Musical Elf. We thank you for joining in on the fun during the sing along.
This 60th Anniversary season, our returning guest performer was Dallas Baptist University's Associate Dean of Fine Arts and Chairman of the Music Department, Wes Moore. Dr. Moore was the featured soloist in "Sweet Little Jesus Boy" as arranged by our Artistic Director, Melanie Moore.
The Chorale was also honored to have Chorale alumni, Barbara Herteg, Rae Gene Mungioli, and Merina White, return to perform with us. Barbara, as always, was an amazing MC and Rae Gene & Merina did such a beautiful job interpreting thru sign language.
We are anticipating our most exciting season yet! If you think our Christmas Concert was awesome, just wait until you see what we have in store for you in the spring.
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