where words fail, music speaks.
—Hans Christian Anderson
As the seasons turn, the evenings darken, and there is a chill in the air, we think of returning home for the holidays... or of gathering in front of the fire with friends... or of choral music!
Sine Nomine, a contemporary chamber ensemble founded in 2006, invites you to kick of the holiday season with a concert of choral favorites. The changing weather inspired the programming of Alissa Bair's "Angel Breathing Out" and the John Rutter "Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind." Singers in the chorus requested encore performances of the Greg Jasperse "Voice Dance" and Z. Randall Stroope's "Soulspeak." The concert is rounded out by the stunning Eric Whitacre song, "A Boy and a Girl."
Following recent tradition, we end the concert the week before Thanksgiving by hinting at the coming holiday season, this year with the delightful "Nutcracker Jingles," a play on the Nutcracker Suite.
Please join us for this concert, hosted at the lovely First Baptist Church of Denver, 1373 Grant Street.
TYLER'S SUITE— MAY, 2017
On May 5 and 6, 2017, Sine Nomine joined Harmony, a Colorado chorale, in presenting Tyler's Suite, under the direction of Dr. Timothy Seelig. The May 5 concert was performed at the Broomfield Auditorium and the May 6 event was in Denver at Central Presbyterian Church. Tyler’s Suite is a nine-piece choral movement dedicated to the memory of Tyler Clementi, a talented young musician who died by suicide after being bullied by his roommate during his first weeks of college. Created under the leadership of Composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin) and Dr. Timothy Seelig (Conductor/Artistic Director of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus), Tyler’s Suite explores the voices and experiences of Tyler and his family through the music of nine of today’s top composers, including Ann Hampton Callaway and Stephen Schwartz.
AWAKENINGS— APRIL, 2017
Sine Nomine's Awakenings concert welcomed spring, as we saw light after a long winter. The first half of our program contemplated the possibilities of a budding new year - a day of wrath, or an unclouded day in paradise... and culminated in revisiting our original commission, "All I Want Is a Truck" from the perspective of the morning after the longest night. The first half ended with Joseph Martin's thrilling "The Awakening." The second half of the concert was a lighter program, celebrating all that is beautiful on a clear blue morning - music from Madonna, Dolly Parton, and Carly Simon helped us bring on the spring.
SURE STARS SHINE — NOVEMBER, 2016
Sine Nomine kicked off the holiday season with its twenty-fifth concert, Sure Stars Shine! The concert celebrated the wonder of the night with such works as Morten Lauridsen's "Sure on this Shining Night" and David Dickau's "Stars I Shall Find." Under the leadership of Artistic Director Kevin Crowe, Sine Nomine premiered a new commission from composer Daniel Brinsmead and poet Jackson Culpeper, "All I Want is a Truck." Additional music included "Hodie Christus Natus Est," "Gaudete," "Sleigh Ride," "Deck the Halls," and "White Winter Hymnal."
This special event included a short concert, accompanied by a coffee house dessert event, featuring solo and ensemble performances by singers in the chorus. The concert was dedicated to the late Dr. Kathryn Hobbs, a former singer with Sine Nomine.
THERE MY SPIRIT SOARS!— APRIL/MAY, 2016
From pulsing jungle to churning sea to the lush Irish countryside, THERE MY SPIRIT SOARS! celebrated the tapestry of love and life through a variety of rich choral settings. In Soulspeak, the profound, soul-searching words of Tennyson's poem "Ulysses" were given powerful musical expression by esteemed composer Z. Randall Stroope. The beauty and richness of Herbert Sumsion’s style was evident in his anthem They That Go Down to the Sea in Ships, whose text is taken from Psalm 107. Sherri Port’s arrangement of William Blake’s striking poem, The Tiger, captured the excitement, fear and dread engendered by this regal jungle dweller. Danial Brinsmead’s A Soft Day mirrored the mood of Ireland’s legendary days of misty rain — days with no edges — as described by poet Winifred Mary Letts. Additional songs included The Ground, Nine Hundred Miles, Tambur! and My Spirit Sang All Day.
TIDINGS OF JOY— NOVEMBER, 2015
For this concert, we asked our audience to join us in leaving the present for an hour or two, and to imagine all of us together on a cold night in December, huddled together near the flame, and thinking of longer days returning with the warmth of spring. For many of us, this is the joy of the holiday season... taking advantage of the cold and dark to be with friends and family. Our fall concert is always the week before Thanksgiving because we aren't yet exhausted by the Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Solstice, and Christmas season, and we still appreciate the thought of the approaching holidays. We shared the stage with the Ridge Ringers from Wheat Ridge Presbyterian Church, a fabulous string quartet, and Kevin Crowe's choir students from Denver School of Science and Technology. The concert featured Schubert's G Major Mass and also included The Ground, by Ola Gjeilo; the intimate, romantic settings of Eric Whitacre’s Five Hebrew Love Songs; Mark Hayes' Winter's Heart; a suite of traditional Christmas carols titled Tidings of Joy; Modimo, a Sotho ethnic song, and Daniel Brinsmead's arrangement of Silent Night.
REACH THE SKIES — APRIL, 2015
This concert focused on spring, starting fresh, taking a breath, and reaching for our next opportunity. Concert highlights included: a Robert Frost/Randall Thompson collaboration about taking the road less traveled; "The Castle Builder," a positive vision for our children, encouraging them to “build on, and make thy castles fair;” "Hide and Seek," reflecting Imogen Heap's childhood memories; and "Sunday in the Park with George," inspired by the familiar Georges Seurat painting, A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte.
GLORIA! — NOVEMBER, 2014
Our 9th Winter Concert, Gloria!, included the same eclectic mixture of music that has become Sine Nomine's signature, with a variety of music that was sacred and secular, holiday and standard, all centered around John Rutter's stunning arrangement of the Gloria text. This work holds a special place in the canon of choral music and in the hearts of the Sine Nomine members who have performed it in years past. Additional highlights included "O Come Emmanual; "Dulaman," a traditional Irish melody; "When You Believe" from The Prince of Egypt; "All the Pretty Little Horses," an American folk song; and "You Are the New Day."
THIS JOURNEY — APRIL, 2014
For this concert, we selected pieces that reminded us of significant journeys throughout history, from “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” representing the liberation of slaves on their passages through the Underground Railroad, to “Nine Hundred Miles,” a song that captures the mood and the spirit of life on the American railroad in the early twentieth century. All of the pieces selected for this concert shared the message of moving on – by finding strength, confidence and courage to take a leap of faith into often unknown territory and, sometimes, among strangers. Works included "We've Got A World That Swings," "Down By the Riverside," "Choose Something Like A Star," "Lucky," and "Somebody's Knocking At Your Door."
MY SPIRIT SANG ALL DAY - NOVEMBER, 2013
We opened our eighth season with the introduction of Music Director, Kevin Crowe, following the passing of our beloved director, Ronald J. Williams. The concert was a declaration of joy as we kicked off a month of holidays and celebrations: Joy in new beginnings and lasting friendships, joy for a season of blessings and gifts, and joy that we continued to make music. Songs included "My Spirit Sang All Day," "My Spirit Is Uncaged," "Light One Candle," "Both Sides Now," "But Not For Me," "Beautiful December," and "Carol of the Bells."
SEE WE ONE ANOTHER CLEARLY — JUNE, 2013
Sine Nomine was pleased to share the stage in a collaborative concert with the Colorado Repertory Singers and Northland Chorale, choruses we've come to consider siblings. We were privileged to share a Music Director across all three groups, Ronald J. Williams. Like relatives and old friends, our choruses get together for great celebrations and in times of mourning. In this concert, we shared Ron's music -- music he composed, music he directed, music he loved. These three ensembles - a concert choir, a show choir, and a chamber chorus - brought to the audience a variety of songs that told a bit about us. The theme for the concert was "See We One Another Clearly" - a fun phrasing of a line in Harry Belafonte's Turn the World Around. This call, to make a difference in the world by understanding each other and acting on that understanding, fit nicely with one of Ron's pet philosophies, highlighted in his original composition, "If You're Ever Going to Love Me." In addition to this work, highlights also included "Turn The World Around," "Chelsea Morning," "And Both Shall Row," "Turtle Dove Done Drooped His Wings," "Song For A Winter's Night," and "As Imperceptibly As Grief."
LIGHT THE DARKNESS — NOVEMBER, 2012
We returned from GALA 2012 with a renewed dedication to introducing new music that fits our mission and purpose. Our Light the Darkness concert featured the local premier of "Velvet Shoes" (Dennis Rosenbaum), a new voicing of "Shine!" (Timothy Snyder), and the first public performance of "If You're Ever Going to Love Me" (Ron Williams). Additional repertoire included "Change the World," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "Go 'Way From My Window," and "Where Is Love" from Oliver.
GALA FESTIVAL — JULY, 2012
Our GALA 2012 repertoire reflected the growth and search for identity from our first five years together as a chorus. Four years ago, we longed to find a place for us, as we sang "Somewhere." Confident in ourselves and our place in the community, we sang, "Corner of the Sky." Sine Nomine also premiered "If You're Ever Going to Love Me," an original work composed by our Music Director, Ronald J. Williams.
CORNER OF THE SKY — MAY, 2012
Preparing for GALA Festival 2012, and welcoming Music Director Ron Williams, the spring concert spoke to finding our voice, our place, and our style.
Our GALA Festival 2012 set included "Angel Breathing Out" (Alisa Bair), "Send in the Clowns" (arranged by Darmon Meader), "Icarus" (Gary Rosen arrangement), "Prayer" (words of Mother Teresa of Calcutta, set by Renee Clausen), Z. Randall Stroope’s stunning "Omnia Sol," and the stirring Teena Chinn arrangement of "Corner of the Sky" from Pippin.
STARS I SHALL FIND — NOVEMBER, 2011
Celebrating the end of our fifth anniversary year, we brought back our favorite and “best” repertoire, and we conducted our first professional recording. The focus of our message has been on uplifting music, and our apparent fixation on the heavens. Highlights of the concert repertoire included Alisa Bair’s "Angel Breathing Out," Billy Joel’s "And So It Goes," Morten Lauridsen’s "Sure on this Shining Night," Frank Ticheli’s setting of the Sara Teasdale poem, There Will Be Rest, and Z. Randall Stroope’s stunning "Omnia Sol."
ROOTS AND WINGS — SPRING, 2011
Following up on the songs of childhood, we focused on the growth spurred by that beginning. Our 5th anniversary concert was a reflection of our growth and development as a chorus. Highlights of the concert repertoire included Joan Szymko’s "I Lift My Eyes," Bradley Ellingboe’s setting of Yeats’ He Wishes for Cloths of Heaven, Steven Burnett’s setting of Sonnet Twenty-Nine, and our first original commission, "Turtle Dove Done Drooped Its Wings," composed by Ronald J. Williams.
ROOTS AND WINGS — FALL, 2010
When we began selecting songs for this concert, we reflected on new and interesting arrangements of songs from our childhoods — songs that taught us lessons we continue to appreciate as adults, and that we consider as messages we would like to pass along. Highlights of the concert included John Rutter’s "Sing a Song of Sixpence," Harry Belafonte’s "Turn Around," and Craig Carnelia’s "What You’d Call a Dream." The concert season features the moving Sherri Porterfield poem, Roots & Wings.
THE MOST LIVING MOMENT — MAY, 2010
The theme of this concert was taken from the words of the poet Rumi: We sit inside the cypress shadow where amazement and clear thought twine their slow growth into us. The most living moment is when those who love each other meet each other’s eyes. Highlights of the concert included two David Childs pieces, "The Most Living Moment" and "Gray Stones in the Grass," a stirring version of "Grace" by Mark Hayes, a jazz telling of "Icarus" by Gary Rosen, and two pieces made popular again by Glee.
TO TOUCH A HUNDRED FLOWERS — NOVEMBER, 2009
This concert started out with a theme of seasons and change, based on the idea that change is cyclical and natural. For us, this meaning was enhanced by welcoming our new Music Director. Edna St. Vincent Millay’s poem includes the line, “I will touch 100 flowers and not pick one.” Highlights featured the Chris Eaton/Amy Grant version of "Breath of Heaven," Morten Lauridsen’s masterful arrangement of James Agee’s Sure on this Shining Night, Eric Barnum’s setting of Millay’s Afternoon on a Hill, and "Angel Breathing Out" by Alisa Bair.
BENT! — JUNE, 2009
Well, maybe bending the rules more than breaking them. This concert featured modern madrigals, a macabre tune about Mary and her lamb, and an original arrangement of Ben Folds’ "The Luckiest," our first commission to Chris Rishel. Of note, the performance included an aleatoric performance of Bach’s "Come, Sweet Death," Eric Lane Barnes’ "Lambscapes," with a macabre ending, and a hilarious modern madrigal sequence about love in the information age.
THESE SIMPLE TRUTHS — JANUARY, 2009
We based this concert on NPR’s series, “This I Believe.” Singers suggested songs that represented their beliefs and values… and we selected a representative set, though our beliefs vary widely. "Breath of Heaven," "Nella Fantasia," and "I Lift My Eyes" were featured. We also played with BoomWhackers, the toy turned percussion tubes.
GALA FESTIVAL — JULY, 2008
July, 2008, marked our second anniversary and our GALA premiere. Our GALA set included favorite selections from previous concerts, including Billy Joel’s "And So It Goes" and Kevin Wojahn’s original "Distinctions." We also participated, with all of the GALA SATB choruses, in the commission and world premiere of "It Is the Song."
SINGING OUR LIVES — MAY, 2008
The spring 2008 concert could also have been called "Just Because." We sang music “just because it’s fun, just because it’s pretty, and just because we’re going to GALA.” Highlights included Leonard Cohen’s haunting "Hallelujah," a beautiful setting of "Scarborough Fair," and the stunning spiritual, "I’ve Been in the Storm So Long." This concert also marked the Colorado premiere of Kevin Wojahn’s song, "Distinctions."
AN HOUR OF YOUR TIME — NOVEMBER, 2007
Also known as “A Time and Place for Us,” the fall 2007 concert was themed on the subject of time as we focused on taking the time to celebrate and model the community in which we would like to live. We were excited to share the stage with the brand new Mosaic Youth Chorus. Musical highlights included the stunning Edgerton arrangement of "Somewhere" from West Side Story, the King Singers arrangement of "You Are the New Day," and the popular GALA anthem, "Everything Possible" arranged by Willi Zwozdesky.
EVERYTHING POSSIBLE GALA FESTIVAL—OCTOBER, 2007
The GALA Annual Conference in October 2007 kicked off the GALA Choruses 25th Anniversary celebration. All eight Colorado GALA choruses joined for this concert. In addition to works sung with the Colorado combined choruses, Sine Nome presented "I Hear Music," "Suo-Gan," a traditional Welsh lullaby, and Mac Huff's arrangement of "In Whatever Time We Have."
PULSE OF A NEW DAY — JUNE, 2007
Our 2007 spring concert was rooted in optimism: the music was chosen to reflect the idea that a new day was before us and we have choices to influence the future. Songs included "Let the River Run" from Working Girl, "Season of Love" from Rent, "You Are the New Day," and selections from Frostiana.
ALL ABOUT MUSIC— NOVEMBER, 2006
Our premiere concert was titled “All About Music” and included an eclectic mix of music that speaks to the way music touches every part of our lives. Selections included "How High the Moon," "I Hear Music," "River in Judea," "Do You Hear the People Sing?" from Les Miserables, and the Quaker hymn "Bound for Greater Things,"