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From the Composer

Posted by on October 21, 2016 in Concert Notes | 1 comment

From the Composer

by Bryan Grosbach In a world that is today continually assailed by tragedies and chaos, there is a desperate cry for peace resounding from every corner of the globe. The text, “Dona Nobis Pacem,” is a phrase found in the Catholic Mass at the end of the ‘Agnus Dei’ section. This phrase, in Latin, translates into “Grant Us Peace.”  Although this text is most commonly known through the popular hymn sung often in canon, throughout time various composers have set it regularly, often when the threat of war or destruction was imminent or had already devastated the land and its peoples.  My own setting of this text follows that similar plea, seeing all of the trials we face on a daily basis from attacks on elementary schools to the misery wrought from the Caribbean to the Carolinas by Hurricane Matthews. “Dona Nobis Pacem” uses two choirs, and is sung antiphonally (facing each other from a distance, creating a collision of sound in the middle of the two groups) to represent the cry for peace echoing from around the world.  The “Dona Nobis Pacem” text is interrupted in the middle of the work by the rest of the Agnus Dei script, which translates to “Lamb of God, you who take away the sins of the world…” followed again by the Dona Nobis Pacem phrase “…grant us peace.” Special thanks goes to Taylor Martin and the Denver Pro Chorale, for once again championing one of my works.  I hope that through listening to this piece premiered beautifully by the DPC, you are able to –if only for a moment –find peace in your own life, and the strength to move forward through the pain and destruction we now face...

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Denver Pro Chorale Presents

Posted by on September 24, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Denver Pro Chorale Presents

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Denver Pro Chorale Appoints Taylor Martin as Artistic Director

Posted by on February 16, 2016 in News | 0 comments

Denver Pro Chorale Appoints Taylor Martin as Artistic Director

(Denver, Colorado – February 16, 2016) – The Denver Pro Chorale is pleased to announce the appointment of Taylor Martin as the Artistic Director of the Denver Pro Chorale.   “On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Denver Pro Chorale, I am delighted to welcome Taylor Martin as the new Artistic Director,” expressed board president Monica Garcia. “His experience with non-profit organizations and a deep sense of commitment to making beautiful music in Colorado makes him an excellent choice to lead the Denver Pro Chorale.”   Mr. Martin brings to the Denver Pro Chorale a depth of musical experience in the Colorado region including serving as staff conductor of the Colorado Symphony Chorus, educator at El Sistema Colorado, and the founder of the Resound Singers with the Saint Martin Chamber Choir, a project that works with New Life Program to provide a choir for men of the Denver Rescue Mission’s rehabilitation program. Also an active and sought after performer, Mr. Martin has performed with the Colorado Bach Ensemble and Saint Martin’s Chamber Choir.   “It is a thrill and an honor to be joining the Denver Pro Chorale as Artistic Director. This ensemble has an incredible energy and was immediately a joy to work with when we first met,” commented the Denver Pro Chorale’s Artistic Director, Taylor Martin. “I am eager to join an organization that shares my belief in the power of choral music to engage deeply and meaningfully with this community we call home. I am looking forward to working with our musicians and board to bring meaningful musical experiences to communities across Denver.”   A complete list of Denver Pro Chorale events follows, and additional information may be found at www.denverprochorale.com.   Upcoming Events   April 23   Denver, Colorado Into Distant Song Church of the Ascension Taylor Martin, conductor   About the Denver Pro Chorale Founded in 2012, the Denver Pro Chorale is comprised of thirty-six musicians based in the Denver Metropolitan area.  The Denver Pro Chorale specializes in singing diverse a cappella choral repertoire including contemporary works from around the world.   Now in it’s fourth season, The Denver Pro Chorale is now an artist group in residence at Denver’s Church of the Ascension. In previous seasons the chorale collaborated with both St. Martin’s Chamber Choir, and the choirs of Metropolitan State University, in addition to being invited to perform at the Colorado Music Educator’s Association convention in Colorado Springs. The programs offered by the Denver Pro Chorale are made possible in part through its partnership with Fractured Atlas.      ...

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Denver Pro Chorale Seeking Musical Director

Posted by on August 21, 2015 in Concert Notes | 0 comments

  The Denver Pro Chorale is seeking applications and nominations for a new director to assume the leadership of the ensemble beginning in Spring 2016. The chorale, currently beginning its fourth season, annually performs a fall, holiday, and spring concert. Applicants should demonstrate success in leading a choral ensemble in repertoire that spans literature from pre-Renaissance to contemporary styles.  S/he will possess strong leadership, dynamic interpersonal skills, and the vision to foster the continued artistic growth of the chorale. Applications should include a letter of personal interest and a brief resume from the candidate. Supportive materials may include a proposed programming for the Spring 2016 concert, programs of previous concerts, and contact information for at least three professional references.  No phone inquiries or DVD performances discs are accepted at this time. Further supportive materials, such as DVD recordings, and/or leading a small rehearsal session may be requested at a later time. Applications should be submitted no later than OCTOBER 1, 2015, and addressed to: Denver Pro Chorale 4592 S Gibraltar Street Centennial, CO 80015 Applications will be accepted by email using info@denverprochorale.com...

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Kyrie: In Depth with the Composer

Posted by on April 13, 2015 in Concert Notes | 0 comments

Kyrie: In Depth with the Composer

“Kyrie, the last movement of “The people” section of my Requiem, is –as cautiously as I can say it –possibly my favorite movement. This is the moment in which the celebration of the lives of the people passed takes place, and an almost dance-like theme sings out joyously for the future. Some might say this is an odd choice for the text, which translates to “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.” In response I’d say that there is a lot of symbolism in this particular movement, and I would love to point some of it out to the experienced and amateur listener alike: The first thing some might notice is the constant group of three that is the building block to this movement; this is not actually only MY decision. In the traditional Kyrie text, the phrase “Kyrie eleison,” is said three times before moving to the “Christe eleison,” which is repeated in the same fashion. This is finally followed up by one more set of three “Kyrie eleison’s,” to complete the dialogue. All of that in mind, the opening of this movement commences with the choir singing two sets of three “Kyrie’s.” ‘But why not three sets to make it follow the pattern?’ you might ask. Hold on for just a moment, I’ll get to that soon! The next section of the movement is a fugue. Traditionally (or at least up to the Romantic Era of music) a Kyrieoften was written as a fugue, or a contrapuntal proof of knowing how to creatively and technically compose in the learned style. For those of you who speak English, it is simply taking a melody and repeating it, sometimes over itself, but often starting on a different pitch. My Kyrie follows (most of) the rules of a fugue, and uses a dance-like theme throughout, changing meters to give it an extra little “Umph!” The People this portion of theRequiem follows are celebrating the life of the deceased, and how they have influenced the future generations! It is a dance of hope for what will come. If there is one part of this Requiem that might get stuck in your head, this is it! The next section, the ‘Christe section’ is no longer a fugue, and turns much more solemn and dark, symbolizing the reflection of the pain and sorrows in the lives of the families of those passed.  This moment doesn’t last for long however, when the tempo suddenly picks up and the choir catapults into the last ‘Kyrie section.’ At this point, the two themes (the one from the first ‘Kyrie section’ and the second from the ‘Christe section’) collide and sound simultaneously, a statement that a good and full life is both filled with celebration as well as pain. Now remember how I opened the movement with only two sets of the three ‘Kyrie’ verses? After this emotional combination of the two separate ideas concludes, it is closely followed by the last set of ‘Kyrie,’ simply displaced from the beginning. The last thing you’ll hear is an ‘Amen section.’ Traditionally, the word “Amen” does not show up in the Kyriedialogue, but I have added it here to express veneration for the past. If you listen closely, each time the choir sings “Amen,” a melody from a past composer’s Kyrie is quoted. There are three quotes...

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Introit: In depth with the composer

Posted by on March 16, 2015 in Concert Notes | 0 comments

Introit: In depth with the composer

by Bryan Grosbach “For those who don’t know, A Requiem Mass is a mass in the Catholic Church offered for the repose of the soul or souls of one or more deceased persons, using a particular form of the Roman Missal. It is frequently, but not necessarily, celebrated in the context of a funeral. Throughout the centuries, many composers have set music to the texts used in a Requiem Mass to create special works representing death and mourning. However, in more recent centuries composers have written Requiems as concert works, meant only as pieces of music to be used in a Western Classical Art Music concert or performance; myRequiem is one such work. I wrote my Requiem to represent the voyage of souls after their passing from earth. The piece is written in seven movements using the traditional texts of the Requiem Mass, and can be regarded as three divided sections based upon the perspective the text is being sung from. The first section, titled “The people,” consists of the beginning two movements of the work, which are seen from the perspective of the people mourning the passing of their loved ones. ‘Introit’ is the first of this two-movement section, and is written as a double choir movement (meaning two separate, four part choirs that are singing simultaneously). It is always difficult deciding how to start out the first part of a large work. In this movement, I wanted to create the scene of people in prayer after the departure of their loved ones. The way I accomplished this was by having the second choir create a bed of sound, and then to have a solemn and slow prayer through a melody in the first choir rest atop it. Something I also did in this movement is add a small section where the original Gregorian chant shows up for the first of only two times throughout my entire Requiem –the second appearing in the final movement, to bookend the work with a sense of tradition and historical reverence. Eventually this movement builds to the two bass sections in each choir lining up while fiercely singing, “omnis caro veniet,” meaning roughly, “All flesh returns,” a final and powerful proclamation to the conclusion of life. It is important here to also mention that because three and seven are considered holy numbers (the three parts of God, and the seven days of creation) they hold much significance to the structure of my Requiem through its entirety. After all, it is no coincidence that the composition is written in seven movements that then are grouped into three different perspectives. The ending of Introit is interesting in that it is never quite the same every time it is performed. I like the idea of writing music that allows each performer to make their own decision, to be a soloist in the context of the choir, and to have an influence on a unique performance. That being said, the dramatic shift here begins when the two choirs sing an ambiguous chord, and sevenspeakers start praying the first part of text from this movement over the musical tones at their own pace, and starting whenever they’d like. A soloist then marks the end of this section of singing a prayer as a final voice pleading for the eternal rest of the departed souls. After this is repeated three times, the two choirs come together in one final chord. This completes...

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Denver Pro Chorale to Perform at Metropolitan State University of Denver

Posted by on March 11, 2015 in Concerts | 0 comments

After enjoying a successful second season, marked by a sold-out concert at Denver’s Church of the Ascension and a well-received performance at the Colorado Music Educator’s Association convention, the Denver Pro Chorale  is looking forward to a joint performance at Metropolitan State University of Denver. The Denver Pro Chorale’s third season will continue with a Spring Concert in collaboration with the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and the Metropolitan State University choirs on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 7:30pm at the King Center Concert Hall on the Auraria Campus in Denver, Colorado. The Denver Pro Chorale will perform pieces by William Billings, J.K. Alwood, and highlights from a Requiem Mass composed by MSU Alumnus Bryan Grosbach, a work that will be performed in its entirety at the Denver Pro Chorale’s Concert on April 17 & 18. Tickets are available for advance purchase online at http://ahec.interticket.com/search.php.  Tickets may also be purchased at the King Center Box Office prior to the concert. A complete list of Denver Pro Chorale events follows, and additional information may be found at www.denverprochorale.com.   March 14 Denver, Colorado Spring Concert King Center Concert Hall Michael J. Kornelsen, conductor In collaboration with the St. Martin’s Chamber Choir & Metropolitan State University April 17 Denver, Colorado World Premiere of Bryan Grosbach’s Requiem Church of the Ascension Michael J. Kornelsen, conductor April 18 Denver, Colorado World Premiere of Bryan Grosbach’s Requiem Church of the Ascension Michael J. Kornelsen, conductor   About the Denver Pro Chorale Founded in 2012 by Dr. Michael J. Kornelsen, the Denver Pro Chorale is comprised of thirty-six musicians based in the Denver Metropolitan area.  The Denver Pro Chorale specializes in singing diverse a cappella choral repertoire including contemporary works from around the world. The Denver Pro Chorale concluded its second season with its first independent concert to a sold out audience at Denver’s Church of the Ascension, in addition to being invited to perform at the Colorado Music Educator’s Association convention in Colorado Springs. Moving into its third season, the Denver Pro Chorale is looking forward to collaborating with the Metropolitan State University and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir in joint concerts in addition to a concert at Denver’s Church of the Ascension in the spring of 2015. The programs offered by the Denver Pro Chorale are made possible in part through its partnership and collaboration with the Metropolitan State University of Denver and Fractured Atlas. A complete list of Denver Pro Chorale events follows, and additional information may be found at www.denverprochorale.com.   Press release available for download in .pdf format:  Denver Pro Chorale to Perform at Metropolitan State University of Denver Contact: Christie Connolley Candescent Media (888) 444-2757...

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Denver Pro Chorale To Perform Voices of Christmas

Posted by on December 9, 2014 in Concerts | 0 comments

Denver Pro Chorale To Perform Voices of Christmas

(Denver, CO – December 9, 2014) – After kicking off its third season with a sold out Fall concert in collaboration with the choirs of Metropolitan State University, the Denver Pro Chorale will present Voices of Christmas, two holiday concerts to celebrate the holiday season. “We’re very excited to present our first solo holiday concert in this, our third season as a choir.”  Director, Michael J. Kornelsen expressed when discussing the upcoming performance.  “One of my favorite pieces is “Splendid Jewel” by Stephen Paulus, a contemporary American composer who passed away tragically this fall.  In addition to this and other choral motets, we are pleased to present a selection of well-known Christmas carols. “ The Denver Pro Chorale will perform Voices of Christmas on Friday, December 12 and Saturday, December 13 at 7:30pm at the Church of the Ascension, 600 Gilpin Street, Denver, CO 80218. Tickets are available for advance purchase online at www.denverprochorale.com.  Tickets are $12.00 general admission/ $10.00 for seniors & military/ $8.00 for students.  Tickets may also be purchased at the door prior to the concert. A complete list of Denver Pro Chorale events follows, and additional information may be found at www.denverprochorale.com.   Upcoming Events March 14 Denver, Colorado Fall Concert King Center Concert Hall Michael J. Kornelsen, conductor In collaboration with the Metropolitan State University choirs April 17 Denver, Colorado Spring Concert Church of the Ascension Michael J. Kornelsen, conductor April 18 Denver, Colorado Spring Concert Church of the Ascension Michael J. Kornelsen, conductor   About the Denver Pro Chorale Founded in 2012 by Dr. Michael J. Kornelsen, the Denver Pro Chorale is comprised of thirty-six musicians based in the Denver Metropolitan area.  The Denver Pro Chorale specializes in singing diverse a cappella choral repertoire including contemporary works from around the world. The Denver Pro Chorale concluded its second season with its first independent concert to a sold out audience at Denver’s Church of the Ascension, in addition to being invited to perform at the Colorado Music Educator’s Association convention in Colorado Springs. Moving into its third season, the Denver Pro Chorale is looking forward to collaborating with the Metropolitan State University and St. Martin’s Chamber Choir in joint concerts in addition to a Christmas concert and a Spring concert at Denver’s Church of the Ascension in the spring of 2015. The programs offered by the Denver Pro Chorale are made possible in part through its partnership and collaboration with the Metropolitan State University of Denver and Fractured Atlas. A complete list of Denver Pro Chorale events follows, and additional information may be found at www.denverprochorale.com.   Press release available for download in .pdf format:  Denver Pro Chorale to Perform Voices of Christmas   Contact: Christie Connolley Candescent Media (888) 444-2757 Christie@candescent-media.com...

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Volunteer Opportunities with DPC!

Posted by on May 27, 2014 in Volunteer Opportunities | 0 comments

Volunteer Opportunities with DPC!

The Denver Pro Chorale is looking to fill two volunteer positions: Development Director The Denver Pro Chorale is searching for a Development director who would work with the Board of Directors to achieve the organization’s fundraising goals. Key responsibilities will include developing a donor base with an immediate emphasis on our upcoming fundraising gala.  The gala will be the first major fundraising effort for the organization which is in a formative stage. This fall, the Denver Pro Chorale will embark on its third season and is looking for a dynamic volunteer in this position to help this emerging arts organization to grow and flourish in the Denver arts community.  Please email info@denverprochorale.com to express interest in this position. Grant Writer The Denver Pro Chorale is looking for a hard-working and dedicated person to lead grant writing and filing activities.  We are in need of a person familiar and competent with grant writing in Colorado and with the Colorado Common Grant Application to help us attain this goal and help our organization reach its full potential.  This fall, the Denver Pro Chorale will embark on its third season and is looking for a dynamic volunteer in this position to help this emerging arts organization to grow and flourish in the Denver arts community.  Please email info@denverprochorale.com to express interest in this position....

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Win two free tickets to the Denver Pro Chorale concert!

Posted by on April 8, 2014 in Concerts | 0 comments

Win two free tickets to the Denver Pro Chorale concert!

Are you ready for Denver Pro Chorale’s Spring concert this Friday?  We hope so!  We just completed our final rehearsal at the Church of the Ascension and we are counting down the days! Would you like to win two free tickets to see us live?  Check out this picture of the chorale and guest percussionists Zack Argotsinger, Adam Brown, Jeff Gleason, and Rami Henry as we rehearse Balleilakka.  Can you identify the percussion instrument Jeff Gleason is playing in this photo? For your chance to win email the name of the instrument to info@denverprochorale.com by Thursday at 1:00pm MDT.  One winner will be selected at random and notified via email. Enter now for your chance to win!...

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