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Join the Chorus for the 2014-15 Season
 
Fox Valley Festival Chorus will begin rehearsals for our new season on Monday, September 8 at 7:30pm.  If you're interested in joining the chorus, we love welcoming new members!
 
The Chorus rehearses Mondays from 7:30pm to 9:30pm at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Aurora from September to December for the fall season.  Our spring season runs from February to June and will include a performance at New York City's Lincoln Center for Memorial Day 2015!
 
St. Mark's is located at 27 S. Edgelawn (at the corner of Galena and Edgelawn Streets) in Aurora.  Although church space is used for rehearsals, the Chorus is not affiliated with any church denomination.  Anyone who has an interest in music is welcome to attend, no audition is required.
 
 
Upcoming Events

"Food for the Spirit(s)...An Evening of Music, Foord and Spirits"  Join us on Saturday, November 8th at the Fox Valley Winery (5600 US Highway 34, Oswego) from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for "Food for the Spirit(s)...An Evening of Music, Food and Spirits."  This is a fundraiser for our performance at Lincoln Center in May.  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by contacting Linda Marquardt (630-551-3133), Linda Quantock (630-247-4831), or by emailing foxvalleyfc@gmail.com.  Ticket price includes 5 wine tastings, a cellar tour, appetizers, and a musical cabaret performed by members of the chorus.
 
"Hallelujah, Hodie and the Hayes' Requiem"  Please plan on attending one (or both!) of our annual holiday concerts.  They will be:
 
     Saturday, December 13th                      Sunday, December 14th
     Grace Presbyterian Church                     Waubonsee Community College
     1976 Route 25, Oswego, IL                    Route 47 at Waubonsee Dr., Sugar Grove, IL
     7:00 p.m.                                             3:00 p.m.
 
The concerts will include holiday favorites, both classical and sacred.  The Fox Valley Festival Chorus Brass will accompany us and play a selection of carols certain to get everyone in the holiday spirit!  Tickets are $12 adults, $10 seniors (65+), and $5 children (10 and under).  Contact us at foxvalleyfc@gmail.com to purchase tickets.
 
     
     
     
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Chorus Performs at Carnegie Hall

Members of the Fox Valley Festival Chorus had the honor of performing at New York City's famed Carnegie Hall on Memorial Day 2013. Music Director Mary Beth McCarthy received a formal invitation to perform John Rutter’s Requiem under the direction of Rutter himself. Even McCarthy had the opportunity to step aside from her traditional role of conducting the Chorus and sing as a member of the Chorus. The group joined seven other groups from throughout the country and the New England Symphonic Ensemble on the Perelman Stage in the Isaac Stern Auditorium. This amazing opportunity truly energized the Chorus and we were proud to be part of this special event. 

     
     

 

"In Flanders Fields"


The Fox Valley Festival Chorus has just released a video recording on YouTube of the famous World War I poem by John McCrae, “In Flanders Fields.” The music was written by Geneva composer, Peter Mitchell, and was first publicly performed in 2006. It has since been widely performed in concerts and Memorial Day services. The Chorus was honored to be asked to perform for this official recording.

     
     
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Fox Valley Festival Chorus Shares Hope
 
As a result of our recent concerts Hope: A Celebration in Song, The Fox Valley Festival Chorus was able to present a check for $1000 to Hope for Tomorrow in support of US VETCare, their newest program in Aurora, Illinois. The two concerts held in North Aurora at New Hope Lutheran Church were designated as benefit concerts for the Hope for Tomorrow organization. In addition to a portion of the ticket proceeds, the Chorus also donated 100% of the sale of Honor Tickets to Hope for Tomorrow.  People donated money in honor of those who had served in the U.S. Armed Forces past and present. 

Pictured:  Linda Quantock, Event Organizer for North Aurora concerts; Mary Gramley, Honor Ticket presenter and Veteran--Cpt., US Army Nurse Corps  801st Combat Support Hospital; Jeff Gilbert, President and Founder of Hope for Tomorrow; Mary Beth McCarthy, Artistic Director and Conductor of The Fox Valley Festival Chorus and Director of Instrumental Music at IMSA.
     

 
 

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Hear the Chorus Perform
Please enjoy these selections from past Festival Chorus performances:

"Brigadoon"

"Hallelujah Chorus"

Requiem Aeternam

"Rodgers & Hammerstein on Broadway"

"Fiddler On the Roof"

"Hold Me, Rock Me"

"The Phantom of the Opera" Medley

"White Christmas"

1960s Medley

 
 

Sponsor the Fox Valley Festival Chorus
Our mission, to promote and encourage choral activity as well as provide entertainment for the Fox Valley community, has been successfully carried out year after year thanks in part to our generous sponsors. You too can become part of this wonderful tradition by becoming a sponsor of the Fox Valley Festival Chorus.   Your donation could be used to help defray the cost of music stands, music folders and storage, microphones, concert programs, amps, sheet music, and more.  We would greatly appreciate any regular yearly donations, but would be pleased to accept one-time donations of any amount.  The chorus is a not-for-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.  For more information, please see our sponsorship page. Thank you for supporting the arts in your community.


Support the Chorus While You Save Money and Earn Cash Back!
The Fox Valley Festival Chorus is participating in an exciting fundraising program.  The Chorus now has its own website featuring thousands of partner stores like Wal-mart, JC Penny, Best Buy, Apple, Home Depot and many more.  When you make a purchase on www.marketamerica.com/foxvalleyfc, the Fox Valley Festival Chorus receives royalties an you earn up to 35% cash back on qualified purchases.  The benefits don't stop there.  You earn 0.5% cash back on the purchases of everyone you refer to our website.  Now, you can take advantage of the ease and convenience of Internet shopping to buy the products and services you want, while feeling good about helping one of your favorite organizations.

Getting started is easy:
1. Visit our website at www.marketamerica.com/foxvalleyfc
2. Register as a Preferred Customer
3. Go shopping!
Thank you for sharing this exciting opportunity with us, and thank you for supporting the Fox Valley Festival Chorus.
 
Fox Valley Festival Chorus is also participating in a new fundraising program through amazon.com.  Fox Valley Festival Chorus will receive 2% of sales on purchases made at www.smile.amazon.com.
 
Go to:
1.  www.smile.amazon.com
2.  Scroll to Pick Your Own Charitable Organization
3.  Search for Fox Valley Festival Chorus and click
4.  Start shopping!
If you shop at amazon, please take a couple of extra minutes to search for us at smile.amazon!
 
 

 
 
   

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