Eric Van Cleave and the Lafayette Master Chorale
A great article in the Journal and Courier celebrating Eric Van Cleave, who is conducting our Broadway concert!
Our Salute to Broadway
We end our 54th Season with two salutes to Broadway, a beloved epicenter of global culture.
On April 13th, the Lafayette Children’s Choir will begin our celebration with a concert entitled “Lullaby for Broadway,” in which they will perform some of the most beloved historical and contemporary tunes from “The Great White Way.”
On April 27th, the Master Chorale will perform show-stopping tunes from hit musicals like Hamilton, The Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Beauty and the Beast, Wicked, and many more. We will perform in the magnificent Long Center under the baton and direction of Eric Van Cleave in his final performance as a member of our community. Come celebrate and give Eric huge thanks for his immense service to the Twin Cities.
Bach Cantatas Concert
Please join us to delight in a constellation of masterpieces (BWV 12, 131, and 156) that showcase the brilliance of Johann Sebastian Bach. This concert will feature the new pipe organ in the recently restored St. John’s Episcopal Church!
An all-Bach concert? Sounds familiar, somehow.
WBAA’s John Clare had a fantastic conversation with Artistic Director Michael Bennett to preview this concert. A recording is available here: http://www.wbaa.org/post/lmc-bach-cantatas-224-preview
The Lafayette and Indianapolis Children’s Choirs Sing Together!
Join the Lafayette Children's Choir and guests the Chamber and Lyric choirs of the Indianapolis Children's Choir for a special performance on November 17th at 2:30 pm at Immanuel United Church of Christ (1526 S. Eighteenth Street in Lafayette). The concert is FREE, but the audience is invited to leave a goodwill donation benefiting Philthrusong, a charitable organization that promotes teacher education and anti-drunk driving education. For more about Philthrusong, visit https://philthrusong.org/.
Voices in the Night with LCC’s Leeann Starkey
Leeann had a fantastic (and spooky!) conversation with WBAA’s John Clare about “Voices in the Night,” the Lafayette Children’s Choir concert on November 3rd. You can find the interview here and buy tickets to this magnificent show on our Concerts and Tickets page.
The Musical Ambassadors
Our Traveling Ensemble and Maestro Palmer gave a matinée sneak-peek preview of our Lenny Bernstein Birthday Celebration with the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra tomorrow at 7:30pm at The Long Center for the Performing Arts! We hope to see you there!
Thank you, Indiana Arts Commission!
We're deeply grateful to the Indiana Arts Commission for awarding us generous grant to continue making art for the benefit of our lovely community! Thank you!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY, LENNY!
On Saturday, October 13th, be a part of the 100th birthday party (thrown by us and the Lafayette Symphony Orchestra at the Long Center) for Leonard Bernstein, revered composer, conductor, educator, musician and humanitarian! We'll perform popular musical theatre works like "Candide"and the equally turbulent and tranquil "Chichester Psalms." A can't-miss spectacular!
Tickets available at: http://lafayettesymphony.com/event/bernstein
More information is available on our Concerts page.
The Journal and Courier published a magnificent article about our upcoming celebration!
You've been to one of our concerts. You've sung karaoke with us.
You like to make music. Even in the shower.
You enjoy spending quality time with great people.
Your life is enhanced by spending time with the better angels of human nature.
If any of the above apply to you (and even if they don't!), please consider auditioning for our choirs! We have ensembles for ages 6 - 122 and know you'll have a blast if you join us.
Check our our Audition page for information!
Karaoke with the Chorale at the Lafayette Gallery walk!
Happy Summer, everyone! Come celebrate by singing fun music with us and DJ Bob Foresman of Velocity Sound!
A cordial invitation!
The crickets shall chirp...
Our season concludes this weekend with a stunning tour of the Animal Kingdom led by, appropriately, our children's choirs! Please join us to have a lot of fun, expand the definition of choral music in exciting ways, and visit one cool choral zoo! Tickets can be purchased here and at the door.
Director LeeAnn Starkey and WBAA's John Clare had a great conversation about this concert, which you can find here.
WBAA Peaceable Kingdom Interview with Michael Bennett
WBAA's John Clare interviewed Artistic Director Michael Bennett about our Peaceable Kingdom concert on Sunday, April 15th. Please listen here! We hope to perform for you!
On April 15th, ye shall have a song and a gladness of heart:
Please join the Chorale for a powerful celebration of our world and the human spirit. Tickets will be available at the door, via a Chorale singer, and online!
Patchwork for Peace Interview with Leeann Starkey
WBAA's John Clare just interviewed Leeann Starkey about the Lafayette Children's Choir's fascinating Patchwork for Peace concert on Sunday, November 12th. Listen here: http://wbaa.org/post/lafayette-childrens-choir-1112-preview
Prayer for Peace Concert and Interview
In anticipation of the first concert of our 53rd season, WBAA's John Clare interviewed Artistic Director Michael Bennett about our Prayer for Peace. It's a lovely listen and there's additional content on their webpage: http://wbaa.org/post/lafayette-master-chorale-114-preview
Our Peaceable Season
This year, the Chorale responds to calls from a world increasingly divided. We offer five visions of a serene planet united in peaceful pursuits. Peace is a universal project, so our repertoire is accordingly diverse: Gabriel Faure, Arvo Pärt, Randall Thompson, Alice Parker, Moses Hogan, Stephen Paulus, and much more. We hope you will join us to celebrate and be moved by majestic music that uplifts, soothes, stirs, and soars.
Please visit our Concerts page for more information and ticket purchasing options.
Lafayette Children's Choir Merchandise!
It's now even easier to show your support for our youth! The Children's Choir has created a slew of appealing and affordable merchandise: T-shirts, Hoodies, Drawstring Bags, Water Bottles, Pencils, Stickers, and potentially more in the near future.
To order with check or credit card, please call the office at (765) 429 - 5151
Lafayette Children's Choir sings the National Anthem with the Aviators
The Lafayette Children's Choir is delighted to once again open the Lafayette Aviators' season with a performance of the National Anthem!
WBAA Interviews Michael Bennett
WBAA hosted a delightful conversation with Michael Bennett about his history with the Bach Chorale, his vision for its future, and the two concerts -- Cole Porter and Kaleidoscope -- that will bring Season 52 to a close: http://wbaa.org/po…/wbaa-arts-spotlight-bach-chorale-singers
Kaleidoscope Interview with Leeann Starkey
WBAA's John Clare also interviewed Leeann Starkey about the Lafayette Children's Choir's Kaleidoscope concert on Saturday, April 29th. A can't-miss conversation!
Cole Porter Interview with Eric Van Cleave
Enjoy this delovely conversation between WBAA's John Clare and Eric Van Cleave about our upcoming Cole Porter concert!
The Bach Chorale Singers is pleased to announce that Michael Bennett will take the helm as Artistic Director for the 53rd season, beginning in Fall 2017.
Bennett is a familiar, friendly face to the Bach Chorale. From 2004-09, he was the Assistant Conductor and Youth Chorus Director. As the chorale's primary conductor for the 2006-07 season, he was privileged to direct both choruses while on tour in Washington, D.C., at the Washington National Cathedral and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Michael is the Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lafayette, where he serves as organist for all services, oversees the parish’s musical offerings, directs the choir program, and administers the concert series.
Mr. Bennett is also choral director at Lafayette Jefferson High School where he directs several choirs, including the award winning Varsity Singers, who were state runners-up at the 2016 Indiana State School Music Association concert finals. In 2014 he was recognized for his excellent teaching by the Greater Lafayette Commerce as a Golden Apple Teacher, one of the newest teachers to the profession to have received the award.
Michael, a native of Roanoke, VA is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Music where he received his Bachelor's degree in Organ Performance and the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance and Choral Conducting. His primary instructors there were William Jon Gray, Marilyn Keiser, and Larry Smith.
As a concert organist, Mr. Bennett has performed extensively across the Midwest and East Coast, playing in cathedrals and for chapters of the American Guild of Organists in more than ten states. He also can be heard in recording with the choirs of Vassar College, where he made his discography debut in a live performance of Mozart's Requiem with solo organ accompaniment.
Please join us in welcoming Michael back to the Bach Chorale Singers!
What's In a Name? More about the Lafayette Children's Choir
Our most devoted, eagle-eyed patrons and audiences may have noticed that our youth choirs recently changed their name to the Lafayette Children's Choir. This change, heartily endorsed and approved by the Bach Chorale Board and Officers, was made to better advertise and reflect the groups' activities and mission. Those who want to know a bit more about the change might enjoy reading this one-page story we created about the renaming process. We hope to see you at the Children's Choir's exciting concerts!
An Interview with Leeann Starkey about our Family Christmas and Lessons and Carols Concerts
Our own Leeann Starkey gave a wonderful interview on WBAA about our beloved Christmas concerts, which we're offering this weekend! We hope you'll come sing with us and celebrate our community!
Red Kettle Campaign Concert
An Ensemble of the Bach Chorale Singers is privileged to sing for the kick-off of the Salvation Army's Annual Red Kettle Campaign and lighting of the Angel Tree at noon on Friday, November 18. We will be located inside the Tippecanoe Mall in front of Macy's and will be televised by TV 18. Join us if you are able! Look for the televised event at noon or during a segment of the evening broadcast!
An Interview with Michael Bennett about our Liebeslieder Concert
Michael, our conductor, gave an absolutely fantastic interview on WBAA and shared rich information about our upcoming performance of Brahms' Liebeslieder and works by Bruckner, Hassler, Haydn, and much more.
Season 52: A Bicentennial Celebration
We are delighted and thrilled to announce Season 52: A Bicentennial Celebration! The State of Indiana is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its statehood in the Union and the Bach Chorale is paying tribute with a suite of concerts this Fall and next Spring.
While we're excited about our entire program, we are particularly proud of our Youth Choirs, who will participate in the Indiana Voices in Song festival in November. In a great twist of fortune for residents of the Twin Cities, this festival will take place at our own Purdue University. The festival culminates in a final performance, which will be a "Can't-Miss" opportunity.
Details are available on our Concerts page.
We look forward to making joyous music for you all!
Lafayette Children's Choir at the Ballgame!
PLAY BALL! The Lafayette Children's Choir gave the Lafayette Aviators a warm welcome to the community by singing the National Anthem at their very first home game on June 1st. The stirring rendition could be heard even at the Columbian Park Zoo! It was an honor and a treat to participate in such a special event. We look forward to many more games, peanuts, and crackerjack this summer.