Community Concert
Jun
15
3:00 PM15:00

Community Concert

Enjoy this multigenerational and collaborative event featuring our Young Artists, faculty, and musicians from across central Illinois.


Selections to include Moses Hogan's "Old Time Religion" and an arrangement of Irving Berlin's "Alexander's Ragtime Band." This year, Poco a Poco aims to boast a 75-member strong Community Choir, comprising of Young Artists, faculty, and local singers from across central Illinois.

Sponsored in part by the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation.

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Community Choir Rehearsal
Jun
15
1:30 PM13:30

Community Choir Rehearsal

Calling all local singers! Consider joining our Community Choir this 2019 festival season, under the direction of Streator native Dr. Shelbie Wahl Fouts. We aim to host a 75-member strong choir, comprising of Young Artists, faculty, and musicians from across central Illinois.

Selections will include: “Be Like the Bird” (music by Abbie Betinis, words by Victor Hugo), “Gloria” (from Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G Major), “Tribute to the Armed Forces” (arranged by Lloyd Larson), “Where There is Light in the Soul” (by Elizabeth Alexander, setting of a Chinese proverb), “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (by Irving Berlin, arranged by Teena Chinn), and “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” (from State Fair by Rodgers and Hammerstein).

There will be a Veggie and Fruit reception for participants before the 3:00 PM concert.

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Student Showcase Concert
Jun
13
7:00 PM19:00

Student Showcase Concert

Come out to support our 23 highschool aged Young Artists as they showcase their talents in various solo and group numbers ranging folk, musical theater, jazz, and opera genres.


The Festival Choir will sing long-time favorite "Shenandoah" arranged by James Erb, and Aaron Copland's "The Promise of Living" featuring four-hands piano, with a rousing audience-invited rendition of "It's a Grand Night for Singing" to close this inspiring concert.

Includes a 15-minute intermission at the halfway point. 

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Faculty Concert
Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Faculty Concert

Poco a Poco faculty will be featured in a concert ranging musical theater, choral, and operatic selections. Repertoire will include the Illinois premiere of Dr. Steven Weimer's "Missa Brevis" (Brief Mass) sung in Latin and Brahms' "Liebeslieder Walzer" sung in German. Lively selections from Sondheim's "Company," Gilbert and Sullivan's "H.M.S. Pinafore," and Rodgers and Hammerstein's "South Pacific" round out this delightful evening smorgasbord of musical offerings.

Our 2019 faculty has performed across the United States and overseas. They are traveling to Streator from 6 different states to be a part of this year’s festival. Don’t miss the chance to hear their talents live and in person!

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Community Choir Rehearsal
Jun
10
7:10 PM19:10

Community Choir Rehearsal

Calling all local singers! Consider joining our Community Choir this 2019 festival season, under the direction of Streator native Dr. Shelbie Wahl Fouts. We aim to host a 75-member strong choir, comprising of Young Artists, faculty, and musicians from across central Illinois.

Selections will include: “Be Like the Bird” (music by Abbie Betinis, words by Victor Hugo), “Gloria” (from Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G Major), “Tribute to the Armed Forces” (arranged by Lloyd Larson), “Where There is Light in the Soul” (by Elizabeth Alexander, setting of a Chinese proverb), “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (by Irving Berlin, arranged by Teena Chinn), and “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” (from State Fair by Rodgers and Hammerstein).

Additional rehearsal: Saturday, June 15th 1:30-2:30 PM with a Veggie and Fruit reception for participants before the 3:00 PM concert.

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Mini Concert with the Vermillion Valley Show Chorus
Jun
10
6:30 PM18:30

Mini Concert with the Vermillion Valley Show Chorus

Vermillion Valley Show Chorus - Two time Regional Small Chorus champions singing four part a cappela harmony in the barbershop style.   The chorus performs all types of music from Gospel to Pop - you name it. A regional branch of the nationally-recognized “Sweet Adelines,” they are based in Pontiac, IL with members traveling from afar to sing in the ensemble.

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Community Choir Rehearsal
Jun
4
7:00 PM19:00

Community Choir Rehearsal

Calling all local singers! Consider joining our Community Choir this 2019 festival season, under the direction of Streator native Dr. Shelbie Wahl Fouts. We aim to host a 75-member strong choir, comprising of Young Artists, faculty, and musicians from across central Illinois.

Selections will include: “Be Like the Bird” (music by Abbie Betinis, words by Victor Hugo), “Gloria” (from Franz Schubert’s Mass No. 2 in G Major), “Tribute to the Armed Forces” (arranged by Lloyd Larson), “Where There is Light in the Soul” (by Elizabeth Alexander, setting of a Chinese proverb), “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” (by Irving Berlin, arranged by Teena Chinn), and “It’s a Grand Night for Singing” (from State Fair by Rodgers and Hammerstein).

Additional rehearsals will include: Monday, June 10th at 7:00-8:30 PM and Saturday, June 15th 1:30-2:30 PM with a Veggie and Fruit reception for participants before the 3:00 PM concert.

We ask for a $10 participation fee to cover the cost of providing music and binders for each singer.

Questions? Contact us directly via email: pocoapocoarts@gmail.com

*For those coming from a distance, or anyone wishing to see-hear the music for extra practice, we will be uploading files and youtube links at the web address below:

https://pocoapoco.org/community-choir

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