The Delaware Community Chorus will present their spring concert, Over the Waves, on Sunday, 3 May 2015, under the direction of Daniel D. Hursey. There will be two performances, one at 3:00 pm and another at 5:00 pm, in St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 45 W. Winter Street, Delaware, OH. The theme is water and the Chorus will sing folk songs from England, Canada, and the USA. Featured composer are Vaughn Williams, Aaron Copland, Arthur Sullivan and Jerome Kern. Purchase tickets for $10.00 each from a DCC member, at the door on the day of the concerts, or on our website at www.delawarechorus.org.
If you still need to get into the Christmas spirit I recommend a visit to the Community Chorus's annual concert. The joy and enthusiasm is infectious (in the best sense of the word) and the result is a tonic for the soul.
Two concerts back-to-back and played before a full house at St. Peter's church reflected Director Dan Hursey's love of thematically arranged programs. There is much to be said for the practice because it provides a kind of road map for the afternoon's activities.
Opening with six selections devoted to snow, we proceeded from Jerry Herman's "we need a little Christmas" from his musical "Mame," through "Snow, snow beautiful snow," "The Snow Carol," and "The Snow Lay on the Ground" to "All this night my heart rejoices" and ending the first section with Paul Sabine's cunning arrangement of A Christmas collage featuring a number of more familiar carols.
The second part of the program was more or less devoted to Angels, beginning with a community sing followed by "Angels we have heard on high." The selections in this grouping included instrumental soloists. In the Vivaldi "Concerto for two Trumpets in B-flat" David Mazon (first trumpet) and James Becker, second trumpet, both played with great proficiency. They made it sound easy, which it most certainly is not. Other soloists followed: Amy Fields on the hand drum in "Pat-A-Pan and Cheryn Houston, flute, in a "Celtic Christmas Lullaby' and "Away in a Manger." The Celtic Lullaby had an Irish lilt which the flute beautifully suggested. The section also include a "Gigue Noel" with a special echo effect, achieved by four chorus members echoing from the back of the church, as well as "What Sweeter Music" and concluding with "Fum, Fum Fum."
Finally the two trumpeters returned to accompany the men's voices in "Gloria Fanfare," an appropriately festive piece with a slightly contemporary feel to it.
The concert then concluded with "Listen Children, hear the Angels Sing," a piece with gospel overtones.
While there was not even a hint of snow outside, the program lifted one's spirit. This is a dark time and we can use all the help we can get. As Jerry Herman's song goes "We need a little Laughter... a little music ... a little Christmas."
December 19, 2011.
Delaware Community Chorus shines by Lyman Leathers, Music critic, from The Delaware Gazette, Monday, December 19, 2011.
Music is in the air: in malls and grocery stores and dentists' offices. But that is "elevator music" and so, it is refreshing and renewing to hear the Delaware Community Chorus perform some the the tried and true as well as some of the new and different, as they did in two back-to-back concerts on Sunday afternoon in St. Peter's Episcopal Church, under the expert direction of Dan Hursey. I heard the first concert, and it was clear that they had come to sing. Called the "Songs of December," the meticulously planned program ranged over choral pieces associated with the various holidays in the month, including Christmas but also St. Nicholas, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Las Posada, Kwanzaa and St. Stephen's Day. The program gives new meaning to our conventional greeting of "Happy Holidays."
In his remarks toward the end of the concert, Hursey confessed that he was a Libra, an astrological sign governing those born mid-September to mid-October. Librarians like things balanced and ordered and all one needed to do to confirm that was to look at the arrangement of the program: Divided into three parts: "Advent" (with five selections), "December Celebrations" (seven selections) and "Holiday Greetings," again divided into five selections. Even more interesting is the symmetry of part two: Two numbers for full chorus ("Jolly Old St. Nicholas" and "Jul Jul" for St. Lucia. Then came the joyous Hanukkah song, "Light the Candles," for the men followed by a solo from "Messiah" and "Rejoice Greatly" skillfully negotiated by Amy Fields. "The Mexican Lullaby" for women's voices, concluding with two pieces for full chorus observing Kwanzaa and St. Stephen's Day rounded out the concert.
Along with the singing there was a narration read by [Shannon Marie Berry] and Terry Williams, which pointed up the significance of the various sections, as well as the individual numbers therein.
This was a delightful concert with something of a message: Too often we tend to think of our own holiday as the only one. It is refreshing to be reminded in a very real and tangible way that other holidays matter, and that they have something joyous to give-think of "Light the Candles"(Hanukkah) and "Llght the Kinara" for Kwanzaa to cite a couple of obvious instances.
Under Hursey's direction, the choir has come a long way, and it can now negotiate more challenging material. Whether it is ready to tackle "Messiah" may still be in question. The several excerpts from Handel's great oratorio make one appreciate how challenging a work it is, even though it is done everywhere especially at this time of year. What gives optimism is the impressive job that Hursey and his chorus have achieved.
October 31, 2011
Daniel Hursey Awarded the Community Impact Hero Award by the Red Cross
It is our pleasure to announce that Daniel Hursey, Artistic Director of the Delaware Community Chorus (DCC), has recently been awarded with the 2011 Community Impact Hero Award by the Delaware County Chapter of the American Red Cross.
This award honors an individual who has shown extraordinary commitment to the community. Daniel Hursey has been the Artistic Director of the chorus since 2009. His exemplary directing skills have brought the DCC to new heights of musicality allowing the members of the chorus to share their love and passion for the arts and music with the entire Delaware Community.
Please join us in congratulating Mr. Hursey on receiving this well deserved honor. For details on the 2011 Hero’s Awards Banquet Tuesday November 14th please contact Julie Houston with the American Red Cross at 740-362.2021 ext. 112.
December 21, 2009 The Delaware Gazette
Holiday chorus concert packs church - by Lyman Leathers, Music Critic
The Delaware Community Chorus gave it's Christmas Concert this past Sunday afternoon before a packed house at St. Peter's Episcopal Church. The group is now celebrating its 40th year, and seems poised for at least another 40. Under it's new director, Daniel Hursey, the chorus has taken a new lease on life. The future looks bright.
The program consisted of a generous offering of carols, both familiar and unfamiliar, as well as some pop favorites like "White Christmas" and "Let it Snow," and audience sing-along of two advent carols, and concluding with Lutkin's "The Lord Bless you and Keep you."
The guiding hand in the afternoon's program was, of course, Daniel Hursey. I was particularly impressed by the rhythmic vitality that he was able to maintain. This became evident in the tried and true "Joy to the World" and also the less familiar "Torches." He was ever the gracious host or emcee making some helpful comments about several of the groups. Having sung in choirs in college, I know what fun it is, as well as what a great amount of hard work is required to blend voices, maintain pitch and rhythm, and carry an idea through to fruition. Hursey is clearly committed to helping the chorus grow. We all wish him well.
SEPT 2009: COMMUNITY CHORUS ANNOUNCES NEW DIRECTOR
Celebrates 40 years of singing for local audiences
The Delaware Community Chorus is celebrating its 40th year with the addition of Delaware native Daniel Hursey as their new musical director.
An accomplished musician, Hursey graduated from Delaware Willis High School, received a bachelor’s degree from Kent State University and a master’s from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut. He has also studied at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ, and at the Institut Jaques Dalcroze in Geneva, Switzerland. Hursey began his piano and organ studies at age 14 with Ernestine Peebles. He has performed as a conductor, pianist and organist ever since. After 30 years as an educator, Hursey has returned to his hometown to enjoy his retirement and is enthusiastic about this new opportunity to give back to the community
"Hursey has conducted all types of choral music, has extensive experience teaching music, and we are extremely excited about having him lead our chorus to a new level of excellence,” said Community Chorus president Antoinette Miller.
The Delaware Community Chorus is composed of dedicated local musicians who enjoy singing and sharing music with local audiences. The group was started in 1969 and is looking forward to performing this fall at Delaware’s Main Street Christmas Tree Lighting, December 4, and the Hospice Tree Lighting at Grady Hospital on December 6. The pinnacle of the fall season will be a concert of familiar Christmas favorites performed Sunday afternoon, December 20, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 45 W. Winter St., Delaware.
"I think everyone really needs the comfort of familiar holiday favorites during these difficult economic times,” commented Hursey.
New singers are encouraged to join the group through October 12 for the fall season. The chorus practices Monday evenings from 7 to 9 pm at OWU’s Sanborn Hall, 23 Elizabeth St., Delaware, Ohio. Prospective members with questions can call Julie Houston, 740-363-2642.
Delaware Chorus Takes First Place!
The Delaware Chorus entered the Delaware Christmas Parade for the first time ever in Nov 2008 and took first place. See here for details.
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