Concerts

Charles River Chorale performs two concerts per season with additional appearance at other local events. Concerts are scheduled on the first Saturday of December and May, respectively. Below is a listing of most recent concerts with music pieces performed and a PDF file of the program.

And the Academy Award Goes to... View Program
April 29, 2017

  • 1939 Medley from The Wizard of Oz, E.Y. Harburg, Harold Arlen
  • 1941 When You Wish Upon a Star, Ned Washington, Leigh Harline
  • 1955 Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Paul Francis Webster, Sammy Fain
  • 1962 Something's Coming/Tonight, Stephen Soundheim, Leonard Bernstein
  • 1973 Cabaret, John Kander, Kirby Shaw
  • The Charles River Children's Choir
    • How Far I'll Go, Lin Manuel Miranda
    • The Siamese Cat Song, Peggy Lee
  • 1988 Let the River Run, Carly Simon
  • 1995 The Lion King Medley, Tim Rice, Elton John
  • 2003 Chicago: Chorale Highlights, Fred Ebb, John Kander

Home for the Holidays View Program
December 10, 2016

  • Frostiana, Randall Thompson
    • The Road Not Taken
    • The Pasture
    • Come In
    • The Telephone
    • A Girl's Garden
    • Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    • Choose Something Like a Star
  • Charles River Children's Choir
    • Walking in the Air, Howard Blake
    • Happy Christmas, John Lennon
  • I'll be Home for Christmas, Kim Gannon, Walter Kent. arr. Mark Hayes
  • Homeword Bound, Marta Keen. arr. Jay Althouse
  • Bring Him Home, from Les Miserables
  • Home, from Beauty and the Beast
  • Somewhere In My Memory, from Home Alone. arr. Mark Hayes
  • Home for the Holidays, Al Stillman and Robert Allen. arr. Mark Brymer

Fire and Rain View Program
May 7, 2016

  • Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning, Traditional Spiritual; arr. Andre Thomas
  • Selections from the Oratorio, The Elijah
    • Thanks be to God (solo)
    • Thanks be to God
    • Be Not Afraid
    • It is Enough (solo)
    • See, Now He Sleepth
    • Lift Thine Eyes (Trio)
    • He Watching Over Israel
    • Then Did Elijah
    • Then Shall the Righteous (solo)
    • And Then Shall Your Ligh Break Forth
  • Famine Song, Culloton
  • Juego a Que Me Quemo, Traditional Columbian; arr. Julian Gomez Giraldo
  • The Spark of Creation, from Children of Eden, Stephen Shwartz; arr Mac Huff
  • A Little Fall of Rain, from Les Miserables (duet)
  • Singin' in the Rain, from Singing in the Rain, Alan Freed and Nacio Herb Brown; arr. Mac Huff
  • Africa, David Paich and Jeff Porcaro, Toto; arr. Roger Emerson
  • Fire and Rain, James Taylor; Arr. Greg Gilpin

Wonderment View Program
December 12, 2015

  • Media Vita, McGlynn
  • Ave Verum Corpus, Mozart
  • Inscription of Hope, Stroope
  • Gloria (from Missa Kenya)
  • Five Hebrew Love Songs, Eric Whitacre
  • Personent Hodie, Rutter
  • Slient Night, arr. Darmon Meader
  • Mary Had a Baby (with Joyful, Joyful), Kern
  • Charles River Children's Choir
    • A Jingle Bell Christmas (Medley), Mac Huff
    • How Can I Keep from Singing?, Lowry, arr. Scott
  • Little David, Play on Your Harp, Dilworth

30th Annual Spring Concert View Program
May 2, 2015

  • A Disney Silly Sing-A-Long, arr. Alan Billingsley
  • Swinging On A Star, James Van Heusen & Johnny Burke
  • And All That Jazz (from Chicago), Fred Ebb & John Kander
  • Shenandoah, Traditional Sea Chanty
  • The Roving Kind, Jessie Cavanaugh & Arnold Stanton
  • Choral Fantasy Opus 80, Ludwig Van Beethoven
  • Rhythm Of Life, Dorothy Fields & Cy Coleman
  • One (from Chorus Line), Marvin Hamlish & Edward Kleban
  • Charles River Children's Choir
    • Hard Knock Life, Martin Charnin & Charles Strouse
    • The "Elephant" Song, Traditional Spanish Song
    • So Long, Farewell (from The Sound of Music), Rogers & Hammerstein
  • Armed Forces Salute, arr. Joyce Ellis
  • Look At The World, arr. Alan Billingsley
  • Harlem Nocturne, Earle Hagen & Dick Rogers
  • Gershwin Showcase, George & Ira Gershwin
  • One of Those Songs, arr. Mac Huff
  • Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In, James Rado, Jerome Ragni & Galt MacDermot

30th Annual Holiday Concert View Program
December 13, 2014

  • Fanfare For Christmas Day, Martin Shaw
  • Domini Fili Unigenite (from Gloria), Antonio Vivaldi
  • Every Stone Shall Cry, Will Todd
  • Celebrate Hanukkah Tonight!, Vicki Tucker Courtney
  • Good News Is In The Air, Hans Leo Hassler; arr. Hal H. Hopson
  • Magnificat, John Rutter
  • Glorious Christmas Refrains, Tom Fettke
  • A Musicological Journey Through the Twelve Days of Christmas, Craig Courtney
  • Throw The Yule Log On, Uncle John, P.D.Q. Bach
  • I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, arr. Ed Lojeski
  • Swingin' at Santa's Place!, Kirby Shaw

Spring Swing View Program
May 3, 2014

  • Give My Regards To Broadway, George M. Cohan; arr. Robert Page
  • H.M.S. Pinafore: A Choral Salute, Sir William Glibert/Sir Arthur Sullivan; arr. Philip Kern
  • Boatmen Stomp, Michael A. Gray; arr. Emily Crocker
  • Shenandoah, Traditional Sea Chanty; arr. Donald P. Moore
  • The Drunken Sailor, Traditional Sea Chanty; arr. David P. DeVenney
  • Bein' Green, Joe Raposo; arr. Paul Langford
  • Handful of Keys, Fats Waller; arr. Larry Shackley
  • Where or When, Lorenz Hart/Richard Rodgers; arr. Steve Zegree
  • Charade, Henry Mancini/Johnny Mercer; arr. Ed Lojeski
  • Ain't That a Kick in the Head?, Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Huesen; arr. Ryan O'Connell
  • I'm Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover, Mort Dixon/Harry Wodds; arr. Paul Langford
  • Chattanooga Choo Choo, Mack Gordon/Harry Warren; arr. Mac Huff
  • Armed Forces Salute, arr. Joyce Eilers

29 Years to Bethlehem View Program
December 7, 2013

  • Prepare The Way, O Zion - arr. Robert Lau
  • Bethlehem Promise, Bethlehem Joy - Joseph M. Martin
  • How Far To Bethlehem? - John Siler
  • Love Has Come! - Arr. Tom Fettke & Thomas Grassi
  • Lo, How A Rose/The Rose - arr. Craig Hella Johnson
  • Run To Bethlehem - arr. Mary McDonald
  • Good People, All This Christmas Time - Frank Ferko
  • S'Vivon - arr. Betty Betaux
  • How Shall We Greet Him? - Michael Barrett
  • Jonathan's Bell Carol - Andy Beck
  • Counting Down to Christmas - Benj Pasek/Justin Paul
  • Getting In the Mood (for Christmas) - Joe Garland
  • A Celtic Silent Night - Joseph Mohr/Franz Gruber; arr. Patrick Tierney

Forever Young - View Program
May 4, 2013

  • Get Happy - Harold Arlen/Ted Koehler
  • Nice Work If You Can Get It - George & Ira Gershwin
  • You Make Me Feel So Young - Mack Gordon/Josef Myrow
  • Medley from Les Miserables - Claude-Michel Schonberg
  • Skip To My Lou - American Folk Song
  • All For The Best - Stephen Schwartz
  • All Good Gifts - Stephen Schwartz
  • Dancing Queen - Benny Andersson, Stig Anderson, Bjorn Ulvaeus
  • Smile - Matthew Shafer, Blair Daly, J. T. Harding, Jeremy Bose
  • Rock The Boat - Wally Homes

Sounds of the Season - View Program
December 8, 2012

  • Sounds of the Season - Mark Hayes
  • On a Winters Night - Douglas E. Wagner
  • Sing Gloria - Joel Raney
  • Dai Diddle Dai - David Eddleman
  • For Unto Us A Child is Born - Allen Pote
  • I Saw a Fair Maiden - Brian Holmes
  • Carols of Peace and Joy - arr. John Purifoy
  • Rise Up and Follow that Star - arr. Ruth Morris Gray
  • Everywhere I Go - arr. Larry Shackley
  • The Worlds Been a-waitin So Long - Larry Shackley
  • The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy - Andre J. Thomas
  • A Holly Jolly Celebration - Johnny Marks/Douglas E. Wagner
  • Frosty and the Hand Jive - arr. Mac Huff
  • We Need a Little Christmas, Mr Santa - arr. Roger Emerson
  • A Celtic Silent Night - Joseph Mohr/Franz Gruber; arr. Patrick Tierney

Rhythm & Rhyme - View Program
May 5, 2012

  • Celebrate the Music - Patti Drennan
  • A Tribute to Cole Porter - Cole Porter
  • Come Dance with Me - Sammy Cahn/James Van Heusen
  • What the World Needs Now is Love - Burt Bacharach
  • Sei Miei Sospiri - Francois Joseph Fetis performed by Jessica Price
  • Danza, Danza, Franciulla Gentile - Francesco Durante
  • The Drunken Sailor - arr. David P. DeVenney
  • Applause! The Music of Charles Strouse - arr. Mark Brymer
  • Solo De Concert Op.83 - J.B. Singelee performed by Lannah Fitzgerald
  • Festival of Freedom - Emily Crocker
  • Favorite Son - Betty Comden, Adolph Green
  • And All that Jazz - John Kandar; arr. Kirby Shaw
  • Josephine, Please No Lean On The Bell - Ed G. Nelson, Harry Pease, Duke Leonard
  • Ragtime Showtime - Irwin Levine, L. Russell Brown arr. Harry Simeone
  • Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop - Lionel Hampton, Curley Hammer; arr. Steve Zegree
  • What a wonderful World - George David Weiss, Bob Thiele; arr. Mark Hayes

Let it Snow! Let it Snow! Let it Snow! - View Program
December 10, 2011

  • Rejoice and Be Merry - English Traditional/John Rutter
  • Angels From the Realms of Glory - James Montgomery/Henry T. Smart; arr. Jack Schrader
  • Hanukkah Flame - Linda Marcus/Vicki Tucker Courtney
  • In the Bleak Midwinter - Christina Rossetti/Gustav Holst; arr. Tom Fettke/Thomas Grassi
  • Every Stone Shall Cry - Richard Wilbur/Will Todd
  • Peaceful Was the Night - John Milton/Eugene Butler
  • Murmurs in a Stable - Susan Bentall Boersma/Craig Courtney
  • The Five Joys - Fifteenth Century English Carol/Curt Oliver
  • Jesus Child - John Rutter
  • Never Been a Night Like This! - Lloyd Larson
  • Angels in Seven - Charles Wesley/Felix Mendelssohn; arr. Philip Kern
  • Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! - Sammy Cahn/Jule Styne; arr. Mark Hayes
  • Nuttin' for Christmas - Roy C. Bennett/Sid Tepper; arr. Carl Strommen
  • 'Zat You, Santa Claus? - Jack Fox; arr. Kirby Shaw
  • Fall on Your Knees - Pepper Choplin
  • Where You There on That Christmas Night? - Natalie Sleeth

Swing into Spring
May 7, 2011

  • Come On, Get Happy!: The Music of Harold Arlen - arr. Kirby Shaw
  • The Ash Grove - Traditional Welsh Folk Song; arr. Linda Spevacek
  • Coffee Grows on White Oak Trees - Traditional American Folk Song; arr. Jack Boyd
  • L-O-V-E - Bert Kaempfert, Milt Gabler; arr. Kirby Shaw
  • Skylark - Hoagy Carmichael, Johnny Mercer; arr. John Rutter
  • Dream a Little Dream of Me - Gus Kahn, Fabian Andre, Wilbur Schwandt; arr. Tom Fettke
  • Sticks and Stones - Larry Nickel
  • The Little Old Lady (from Pasadena) - Don Altfeld, Roger Christian; arr. Alan Billingsley
  • A Lot of Livin' to Do (from Bye Bye Birdie) - Lee Adams, Charles Strouse; arr. Ed Lojeski
  • Singin' in the Rain - Arthur Freed, Nacio Herb Brown; arr. Mark Hayes
  • I Can See It (from The Fantasticks) - Tom Jones, Harvey Schmidt; arr. Larry Shackley
  • I Love a Piano - Irving Berlin; arr. Mark Hayes
  • Walk in My Shoes - Niel Lorenz, AndrĂ© J. Thomas
  • O, America! - Brendan Graham, William Joseph; arr. Roger Emerson
  • Armed Forces Salute - arr. Joyce Eilers