Jim Ramsey will direct the Littleton Chorale’s Music Festival at 7 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 24 after months of preparation, bringing almost 300 voices and …
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Jim Ramsey will direct the Littleton Chorale’s Music Festival at
7 p.m. Tuesday Feb. 24 after months of preparation, bringing almost
300 voices and a 50-piece orchestra to the Newman Center to perform
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the world’s most popular symphony.
Music students from five area high schools will participate:
ThunderRidge, Chaparral, Gateway, Overland and Grandview. Ramsey
has visited each to help them learn the German text to this
Chaparral instrumental musicians will perform side by side with
members of the Colorado Chamber Orchestra, creating a 50-person
orchestra, Ramsey said.
Each school will also present two numbers individually. Vocal or
music directors from each school are: Darin Drown, Grandview; John
Richard, Gateway; Ryan Wolterstorff, ThunderRidge; Margie Jacobson,
Overland; Shel Stansfield, Chaparral.
There will be only one mass rehearsal, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on
concert night in the auditorium. It all comes together in a grand
spectacle. Ramsey says most of these kids will never again have a
similar experience and learning opportunity.
“It fosters the art of the possible beyond what is normal.”
He has talked to students at CU, where he’s been a graduate
student, learning that the experience in past years convinced them
to become music majors.
“The text is about the brotherhood of man. That’s what the
festival is about,” Ramsey said.
It’s been a particularly tough year for the Littleton Chorale to
raise the necessary funds to present this festival, which costs
about $20,000. It’s part of a community legacy, and has included
scholarship awards. Ramsey is assembling the paperwork to apply for
an NEA grant for 2010, he said.
The Littleton Chorale Music Festival will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 24
in Gates Hall, the Newman Center, 2344 E. Iliff Ave., at South
University Blvd., Denver. (Parking entrance is from Wesley, one
block south). Tickets at the door, $18, $15, $5. Or Ticketmaster.
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