For Immediate Release
April 12, 2018
2018 Spring Festival Schedule Announced
Festival showcases local talent with half a dozen free events
JACKSON, WY. Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir’s second Spring Music Festival presents four days of performances, lectures, and open rehearsals, featuring Dan Forrest, an internationally-acclaimed choral composer, educator, and pianist. The complete schedule of events is now online, and all events are free and non-ticketed! For details of all events, visit www.cathedralvoices.org.
On May 1st a Chamber Spotlight performance by the Jackson Hole Brass Quintet, organist Ron Fabry, and a string trio from the Jackson Hole Symphony Orchestra performs works by Gabrielli, Strauss, and Beethoven in a one-hour recital at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
May 2nd there is a lunchtime Artist Talk with composer Dan Forrest in the conference room at the Center for the Arts. Come and visit with Mr. Forrest in person to hear about his inspiration, his process, why choral music. Later that afternoon, all are welcome to sit in on the Classical Academy Choir rehearsal at Walk Festival Hall, to observe the children’s choir as they work with Dan Forrest and local musicians to polish their music for the Gala Concert.
May 3rd offers another daytime discussion – “Music & Healing” – with Music Therapist Hilary Camino and Dan Forrest at the Senior Center of Jackson Hole, including a special visit from an all-volunteer Hospice Choir from Pinedale (Sisters of the Heart). That same evening, all are welcome to observe the final rehearsal of the 70-voice Festival Chorus and Orchestra, with Dan Forrest on piano.
The week culminates with the final Gala Performance on May 4th, 7pm, at Walk Festival Hall. Six choruses from Jackson and Pinedale take the stage, along with a 15-piece chamber orchestra of local musicians. A celebratory reception will follow the concert.
Best of all – all of these events are FREE and non-ticketed. “We are committed to vocal music as a unique and powerful art form,” commented Laura Huckin, Artistic Director of the Festival. “Making the Festival completely free was a priority, to ensure everyone can be part of the experience, first-hand.”
Supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Arts Council through funding from the Wyoming State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, Center of Wonder/Town and County Arts for All, and the Festival’s Premier Sponsors: Bank of Jackson Hole and Teton Thai.
Cathedral Voices Chamber Choir inspires harmony and community through excellence in music performance, education, and outreach. The choir’s concerts and programs include Singing in the Schools, Summer Sing!, and nearly a dozen performances and outreach events.
Dan Forrest (b. 1978) has been described as having “an undoubted gift for writing beautiful music….that is truly magical” (NY Concert Review). Born in Elmira, New York, Mr. Forrest received a B.Mus. and an M.Mus. in Piano Performance from Bob Jones University and a D.M.A. in composition from the University of Kansas. Since its first publication in 2001, Dan’s music has sold millions of copies, and is well established in the repertoire of choirs in the U.S. and around the world.