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The Longmont Chorale announces new season and new additions

The season begins on Oct. 22
Scott Hamlin addresses the audience at the Longmont Chorale.

The Longmont Chorale will launch its 2023-24 season titled “Songs of the Heart - From a Jazz Mass to Broadway's Beat” on Oct. 22. This season also welcomes two new additions to the chorale’s ranks.

This year’s season is meant to take audience members through a musical journey “that ignites emotions, stirs souls and unites communities through the universal language of music,” states a news release from The Longmont Chorale. 

The season begins on Oct. 22 with “Rhapsody in Jazz! A Little Jazz Mass and Classic Jazz Tunes.” The opening event includes a jazz trio that creates a harmonious fusion of classical and jazz styles. 

Nathan Wubbena, a Longmont resident, was recently named artistic director for the season. He will lead the group to bring “beautiful music to the community,” the news release stated.

Wubbena holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Northern Colorado. He has taught students from elementary to adults throughout Colorado. He is also the artistic director for the Boulder Children’s Chorale.

“With Mr. Wubbena on the podium, the Longmont Chorale is poised to continue its tradition of bringing beautiful music to the community. We look forward to the exciting musical opportunities which lie ahead, his leadership, and the impact he will make on the Longmont Chorale and the broader musical community,” the news release said.

Karlie Carter also joins the chorale this season as the chorale accompanist. She hold a BA in piano performance from Wake Forest University and an MA in music education from George Mason University. She has spent 27 years accompanying chorale programs, vocal soloists and community groups. 

Carter also teaches music at Mountain View Elementary School. 

“Her commitment to education and her collaborative spirit will undoubtedly enrich the musical experience for both the Chorale and the broader Longmont community. Karlie's enthusiasm for creating beauty through music is infectious, and her presence will undoubtedly inspire the next generation of musicians,” the news release states.

To purchase tickets to The Longmont Chorale season visit visit Dates and event descriptions are below. 

Rhapsody in Jazz! A Little Jazz Mass and Classic Jazz Tunes

Sunday, October 22nd, 2023, 3:00 pm

Accompanied by a jazz trio

Embarking on a harmonious fusion of classical and jazz styles, the Chorale, accompanied by a jazz trio, presents the captivating work, "A Little Jazz Mass." This highly original piece of music deftly fuses the Latin mass tradition with the vivacious rhythms of jazz, achieving a unique musical expression. Along with the jazz mass, the Chorale will perform cherished classics along with contemporary gems, promising a delightful afternoon that bridges the gap between tradition and innovation.

Holidays Across the Pond: Festive Harmonies from Abroad

Sunday, December 3rd, 2023, 3:00 pm

Featuring Big Thompson Brass and our Youth Vocal Competition winners

In the heart of the holiday season, the Chorale invites audiences to join them on an enchanting journey "Across the Pond." Revel in the harmonious delights of beloved compositions by esteemed composers such as John Rutter, Gustav Holst, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Adding to the festive atmosphere, the Chorale will musically venture to nearby countries, weaving together a captivating choral tapestry which captures the global spirit of the holiday season.

The Timeless Partnership: Music & Poetry

Sunday, March 10th, 2024, 3:00 pm

Featuring a guest choir from Skyline High School

Witness the sublime marriage of music and poetry as the Chorale presents, "The Timeless Partnership." Embarking on an exploration of this profound collaboration, the concert will feature poignant texts from great American poets like Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, and Langston Hughes. With a special appearance from a guest choir from Skyline High School, this performance promises to evoke the deepest emotions and connect the audience with the profound power of words and melodies.

Give My Regards to Broadway!

Sunday, May 5th, 2024, 3:00 pm

Featuring the Ascent Vocals high school contemporary ensemble

Prepare to be dazzled as the Chorale pays tribute to the exciting world of Broadway in "Give My Regards to Broadway!" Featuring the dynamic Ascent Vocals high school contemporary ensemble, this concert is a highly requested treat for singers and audiences alike. Revel in theatrical favorites from the stage as the Chorale captures the essence of Broadway's magnetic allure and transports the audience to the heart of showbiz magic.

Vaughan Williams’ “Serenade to Music” and Beethoven’s 9th Symphony

Saturday, April 20th, 2024, 7:00pm

As an extraordinary addition to the season's repertoire, mark your calendars for a monumental evening on Saturday, April 20th, 2024. The Longmont Chorale joins forces with the renowned Longmont Symphony Orchestra (LSO) as guest performers for an extraordinary evening of music. The audience will enjoy Viva Voce, our select vocal ensemble, collaborating with the LSO to present Vaughan Williams' "Serenade to Music." In the same concert, the full Chorale joins the LSO on stage to deliver Beethoven's magnificent 9th Symphony. This unique collaboration promises an unforgettable musical experience, elevating the human spirit through sweeping melodies and a triumphant ode to unity.


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