In Celebration of the Human Voice - The Essential Musical Instrument
The Bach Children's Chorus is western New York's most respected children's classical music ensemble. The chorus appears regularly with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, the Rochester Chamber Orchestra, Mercury Opera Rochester, and other area ensembles. The girls and boys in the group range in age from 8 to 16. and are known in Rochester's arts community as the best young singers in the area.
The BCC selects its members through rigorous audition each spring. Their repertoire consists of classical and folk music in many languages from the 18th through the 21st centuries. The children meet weekly for rehearsals throughout the academic year.
In addition to a busy concert schedule, the BCC is in demand for special performances for corporate and civic special events. Plus, each spring, the group tours to a prominent location for performances: Recent venues have included St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City and the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. In May of 2009, the children will sing at Montreal's Notre Dame Basilica.
The BCC was founded by its current director, Karla Krogstad, in 1989. The Chorus moved to its current residence at Nazareth College in 2001. Over 1300 students have sung in the BCC.
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Review: The 4 choirs of the Bach Children's Chorus (BCC) have earned acclaim throughout greater Toronto for their beautiful, musical sound and professionalism. Totally approximately 200 children and youth, the BCC choirs are Choir I (ages 6-9), Choir 2 (ages 8-13), Choir III (treble singers ages 10-16) and Bach Chamber Youth Choir (boys with changed voices and girls 16-23). 23 songs, about half composed or arranged by Canadian composers. Particularly nice secular songs are the Quebecois folk songs 'Canadian Boat Song' and 'Un Canadien Errant,' the Nova Scotia folk song 'The Blackbird,' James Gordon's 'Frobisher Bay,' Michael Unger's 'Sea Song, the Cuban folk song 'Son de Camaguey,' Carolyn Jennings' 'Panda,' and the Venezuelan folk song 'El Barquito.' Favorite religious songs are 4 by Eleanor Daley, 'The Cloths of Heaven,' 'O Be Joyful in the Lord,' 'My Master from a Garden Rose' and 'The Angels Will Guide You Home,' Z. Randall Stroope's 'Lux Aeterna,' Christopher Brown's 'There is no rose of such virtue' and the final cut, 'Hope for Resolution.' The bright, clear sound of these childrens' voices makes 'Go Where You Will' a special, moving CD. Accompaniment and percussion on some songs. Beautiful and extensive liner notes.
Songlist: Canadian Boat song, The Cloths of Heaven , O Be Joyful in the Lord , Lux Aeterna , There is no rose of such virtue , Come, Colours Rise , The Blackbird, Frobisher Bay, Sea Song (Michael Unger), Son de Camaguey, A Celtic Prater , My Master from a Garden Rose, Lift Up Your Voice! , Un Canadien Errant , Spring is singing in the garden , Panda , The Butterfly and the Shadow , The Angels Will Guide You Home , El Barquito, The Garden Song , Like a Rainbow , Hope for Resolution
Review: The first recording from this fine chorus displays great virtuosity as they perform some of their favorite songs.
Songlist: All Things Bright and Beautiful, Verbliches Standchen, Where Go the Boats, Here's to Song, Mi'kmaw Honor Song, Winter Store, O Lovely Peace , Ask the Moon, Magic Store, Schmucht das Frohe Fest mit Maien, Song for the Mira, And God Shall Wipe Away All Tears, Arcady, A la rurru nino, Pick a Bale of Cotton, The Water of Tyne, We Will Sing for Joy, Bashana Haba'a, Each Child, A Tree Toad, Rise Again
Review: We have always loved Toronto's Bach Children's Chorus, founded in 1987 and comprised of 185 singers aged 6 and up in four choirs. Conductor Linda Beaupre directs these wonderfully trained choirs in 21 tunes in 'Land of Tomorrow,' all accompanied by light piano and sometimes percussion. Some favorites are 'Psalm 100,' 'The Little Sandman,' 'Skylark and Nightingale,' 'Somewhere a Child is Singing,' 'Ballerine du Vent,' 'The Grey Donkey,' 'Give Ear Unto Me' and 'Niska Banja' by Choir III, 'Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild' by Choir II, 'Hark the Tiny Cowslip Bell' by Choir I, 'Blessing' by the Bach Chamber Youth Choir and 'Song for Canada' by All Choirs. These sweet, innocent voices are a joy to listen to on every well-chosen, finely-crafted cut. Treat yourself to 'Land of Tomorrow' by one of Canada's finest children's choruses! PS, the extensive liner notes have all the lyrics and some great photos.
Songlist: Psalm 100, The Little Sandman, Yo le Canto Todo el Dia, Skylark and Nightingale, Cantate Domino, Gentle Jesus, Meek and Mild, Hark the Tiny Cowslip Bell, Sing a Song, Come, Let Us All This Day, Dirait-On, Somewhere A Child Is Singing, I Waited For The Lord, Ballerine du Vent, The Grey Donkey, O Rest In The Lord, Give Ear Unto Me, Niska Banja, A Croon, Laus Deo, Blessing, Song For Canada
Review: The Toronto, Canada-based Bach Children's Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir, led by founder and Artistic Director Linda Beaupre, bring us this nice collection of live performances from 1991 to 2006, with performances under guest conductors Elmer Iseler and Jean Ashworth Bartle, and guest pianist Ruth Watson Henderson. The beautiful, extensive liner notes booklet contains a history of the group from their founding in 1987, and many photographs of the almost 200 children involved in four choirs. There are 21 songs by different groups and configurations of the choir, such as 'Like as a Father' by the Massed Choirs, the spirituals 'Ain't That News' and 'Go Down Moses' by Choir III, 'Behold the Beauty of the Lord' by the Bach Chamber Youth Choir, 'My Shadow' by Choir I, 'When the Tide Goes Out' and 'Down By The Riverside' by Massed Choirs with Guest Dads. There's some magical material we're hearing for the first time, 'The Piper and the Chiming Pea,' 'I'm A Train,' 'Raking Song,' 'The Bold Hunter' and others. Some light accompaniment. 'Look to this Day' is a very enjoyable and upbeat collection.
Songlist: To Music, Antiphonal Alleluia, Like As A Father, Akakomborerwa , Children Blessed Of The Lord, Ain't That News, And God Shall Wipe Away All The Tears, Kneel Always', Ma Navu, Go Down Moses, Praise The Lord, God's Glories Show, Set Me As A Seal, Behold The Beauty Of The Lord, Seeds Grow To Plants, The Piper And The Chiming Pea, I Want Two Wings, My Shadow, Hand Me Down My Silver Trumpet, The Bold Hunter, A Jubilant Song, Vagabond Song, O Lord Of Life, Ching-a-Ring Chaw, Pecos Bill, Tutira Mai Nga Iwi, Have You Seen A Rainbow, P'tit Galop Colinda, When The Tide Goes Out, Ngana And So It Goes, Skye Boat Song, I'm A Train, Come, Live And Be Merry, La Lluvia
Review: Toronto's BCC, 200 talented singers ages 6 and up, are divided into 4 choirs and have become a beloved part of Toronto's musical culture. The Christmas CD 'Outside' is the BCC's second, their first being the lovely 'Go Where You Will.' This is a joyous CD, the high, sweet voices of the children are perfect for traditional carols such as 'O Come, O Come, Emmanuel,' 'O Holy Night,' 'Ding Dong! Merrily on High,' and 'Echo Carol,' a pair by John Rutter, 'The Angels' Carol' and 'Carol of the Children,' and many by Canadian composers we haven't heard, Eleanor Daley's 'What Sweeter Music,' Mark Sirett's 'Sunny Bank,' Edith Harrhy's 'Ring, Bells, Ring,' W.H. Anderson's 'Long, Long Ago,' Alexander Tilley's 'When Christ Was Born,' Heather Barnes' 'Torches!' and others. 24 songs, all lightly accompanied. A lovely gift from one of Canada's finest children's choirs.
Songlist: A King Is Born, What Sweeter Music, Sunny Bank, The Angels' Carol, Echo Carol, Go Where I Send Thee, Carol Of The Children, Pat -A- Pan, Ring Bells, Ring, Long, Long Ago, Were You There, When Christ Was Born, S'Vivon / Candle Lullaby, Ding - Dong - Doh!, El Cant Dels Ocels, This Little Babe, Winds Through The Olive Trees, Torches!, Song Of The Innkeeper's Children, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, O Holy Night, This Joy, Ding Dong! Merrily On High, Sleigh Ride
Review: Founded in Toronto in 1987, the Bach Children's Chorus is made up of 190 children and youth from throughout the greater Toronto region. It performs three full concerts per season and appears as a guest choir in many Toronto events. 'The Dream Ship' is the sixth CD to be released by the BCC, directed by award-winning Founder and Artistic Director Linda Beaupre. There are 22 lovely, all accompanied tunes here, and many favorites, performed by parts of the BCC and the Bach Chamber Youth Choir, separately and together: Malcolm Dalglish's 'Sail Away,' Eleanor Daley's soaring title tune, John Rutter's 'For the Beauty of the Earth,' John Berger's 'Oh! Spring (The Caterpillar),' the Spiritual 'If I Got My Ticket,' the Kentucky folk song 'Bright Morning Star,' the Chain gang song 'Rainbow Round my Shoulder,' 'Careers Medley,' Mary Lynn Lightfoot's 'A Jubilant Song,' Stewart Stott's 'Music in My Mother's House,' Z. Randall Stroope's 'Inscription of Hope' and Oscar Peterson's 'Hymn to Freedom.' The Choir has a sweet, soaring sound that fits perfectly with the upbeat, innocent, inspirational material. Take a ride on 'The Dream Ship,' and enjoy!
Songlist: Sail Away, The Dream Ship, For the Beauty of the Earth, Consider the Tiny Ant, Oh! Spring (Caterpillar), Leisure, If I Got My Ticket, Bright Morning Star, Music Comes, The Spinning Wheel, Rainbow Round My Shoulder, Gentle Mary Laid Her Child, Heaven Somewhere, Careers Medley, - When I Am Big, - Carpenter, Carpenter, - The Clown, - The Doctor, - Some Day, A Goblin Went A-Hiking, A Jubilant Song, Roads Go Ever On, I'm On My Way, Music In My Mother's House, Agnus Dei, Inscription of Hope, Hymn to Freedom