This year's fundraiser continues the season's theme of A Choral Continuum, this time with Music that Envisions the Future, as LCA President, Curt Butler shared with LincolnCMN:
Sunday's presentation is planned to be a one-of-a-kind concert event, along with a fund-raiser to enhance LCA's ongoing ability to promote the arts. The repertoire for this concert event moves from the somewhat dark lyrics of Genesis' "In the Air Tonight" (when do you ever get to hear a choral performance of Phil Collins?) and Toto's "Africa," into the contemplative "MLK" by U2, "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen and on to the uplifting "Make Them Hear You" from the musical Ragtime, and "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Paul Simon. Also in the mix is an Eric Whitacre EDM piece with multimedia and chorus. Featured guests are also joining the fun. Every bit of it is destined to be a musical highlight!Jason Horner, choral director, says that what makes LCA special is that it "brings some of the best singers and talented community members together to create unique choral experiences...we are made up of a diversity of people that each offer their own gifts to create excellent music." Horner says highlights of Sunday's show include "special guests UNL's Boots and Cats, an all female vocal pop group."
Both Horner and Butler agree that one of the best memories they have with LCA was this season's fall concert which was the Retrospective portion of the Choral Continuum featuring guest ensembles Dulces Voces and the Early Music Consort. Horner shared that: "It was so incredible to sing music in what music scholars think is the original performance setting, with period instruments, and multiple choirs singing across the gulf of a church sanctuary. The setting was gorgeous at St. Thomas Aquinas on the UNL campus. The music was thrilling!" while Butler agreed especially with the location being "a beautiful space!"
Horner explains the idea behind the 2017/2018 season theme of A Choral Continuum, it "uses the idea of time and space to have a conversation of how we observe and perform choral music in the world." Having looked to the past in the fall, for the fundraiser show, "we are looking to the future." Some ways to envision the future are by "using video and audio tracks to tell stories as well as engage the audience in many ways with food, a silent auction, and an opportunity to dance." Of course, even no one would want to miss the final part of the Choral Continuum taking place in April, "we will join forces with Abendmusik and the Nebraska Brass Band to perform music that features music about music and offers the opportunity to the audience to see whats' happening in the present with community music organizations.
Butler loves that LCA "represents a multi-generational cross section of Lincoln and surrounding area singers who all share the same passion -- to encourage promotion of the arts, and to participate in the presentation of beautiful, meaningful musical experiences. To feed the soul!"
Enjoy and support the work of all those who sing and work behind the scenes in LCA this Sunday at their fundraiser by buying tickets here and keep in mind that, as Butler sums it up:
". . . rhythm and harmony permeate the inner part of the soul more than anything else . . ." -- a quote attributed to Plato -- at least according to the world wide web!! For sure, wise people, for a very long time, have known how significantly music impacts the human existence. Music feeds the soul. Lincoln Choral Artists has been in the business of promoting the arts and feeding the soul with vocal music for nearly four decades. Along the way, LCA projects have provided collaborative opportunities and venues for young singers; garnered support through mentorship and assistance with local causes; offered a morale boost for residents of retirement centers; enhanced the importance of commemoration of significant local, national and international events -- among many, many other things.