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The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale Welcomes Composer Rene Clausen!

Rene Clausen
The chorale is excited to be preparing for our upcoming concert OF NIGHT AND LIGHT. We're especially thrilled that this concert will feature the world premiere THE CLOTHS OF HEAVEN by renowned composer Rene Clausen.
The story begins a year or so ago when the chorale decided to commission a new work in honor of our 30th anniversary. A short list of composers was soon narrowed to one--Rene Clausen. In addition to being a prolific composer, Rene is also the conductor of the acclaimed Concordia Choir (Moorhead, MN), one of this country's top collegiate choirs. When we contacted Rene about this project, he graciously agreed to take it on. A text was soon agreed upon--one from poet William Butler Yeats:

Had I the heaven's embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet:
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
Rene's setting of this evocative text is a wonderful painting in sound! As you listen to the shimmering harmonices, I think you'll agree that Rene has captured the essence of this poem beautifully!
We hope to see you at one of our concerts--Friday, May 6 at 7:30, or Saturday, May 7 at 3:00. Both concerts are at College Church. More information about tickets is at www.gewchorale.org
And here is some exciting news! Rene Clausen will be in attendance at both concerts, and will also present a pre-concert talk at 2:00 on Saturday, just prior to the concert. Admission to this talk is free with your concert ticket.
Please join us! And would you help us spread the word by liking us on Facebook? And tell your friends about this upcoming concert!
Thanks!
Greg Wheatley
Music Director

Audition to Join Us!

The Glen Ellyn-Wheaton Chorale will be holding auditions for all voice parts on

Tuesday, August 1
and
Tuesday, August 8

Please fill out our online
Audition Request Form
if you're interested in singing
with our group!

To hear from our members about their reasons for singing with the Chorale, see our special video:

"Why I Sing"

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2nd Annual

Bingo Serenade

Saturday, Sept. 30
6:00 p.m.

American Legion Post 76, Carol Stream

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for more information!

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