aster-shakespeareASTER’s Fall concert Songs for Shakespeare includes choral, small group and solo settings of sonnets and excerpts from plays which have inspired composers through the years. The music of Argento, Beach, Morley, Noble, Quilter, Ratcliff, Sondheim, Young and others will delight your ears with the many different styles they used to set famous texts from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest, As You Like It, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet and of course The Three Hags Haggis from the Scottish Play. The program is appropriate for ages ten and up. It will be presented without intermission and will last approximately seventy-five minutes.

ASTER is pleased to welcome featured guests Grace Asquith and Bonnie Hoffman from Chamber Ensemble con Grazia who will perform excerpts from John Rutter’s Antique Suite for flute and piano on the program.

Saturday, November 12th at 7 PM (note earlier start time)
at the Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, CO 80020

Tickets are available at the door, from choir members or at Brown Paper Tickets.

For more information call Christina Lynn-Craig at 303-466-2879.

Thursday July 28, 2016 at 7:30 PM
Free and Open to the Public
(Suggested Donation $15)

Aster Talent Show

Aster Talent Show

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Carolyn Crouse, Dana Flitcraft, and Pat O’Kelly take center stage with old time bluegrass favorites, while other ASTER members offer tunes by Gillian Welch, and standards like Stormy Weather, St. Louis Blues and more.

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Broomfield Auditorium
3 Community Road, Broomfield, CO 80020

April 16 – Broomfield and April 22 – Centennial

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ASTER returns to its roots with this concert. We are delighted to be performing works by two Colorado composers, Grace Asquith, Alex Craig, Kathleen Fagre and Peter Simpson. Mr. Simpson’s cantata Sacagawea is a fourteen minute musical journey which tells Sacagawea’s story in first person narration along with choral movements, flute solo and piano accompaniment. Grace Asquith’s No Such Music was commissioned by ASTER to compose a piece setting the words of May Sarton’s poem Girl with Cello, so naturally, there is a large part for solo cello in this beautiful piece. Aster is delighted to repeat Kathleen Fagre’s commissioned composition O Unico Amore, which honors Mother Cabrini, and Alex Craig’s Song from Astersongs,

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Other works on the program include settings of poetry by Emily Dickinson, Sojourner Truth’s And Ain’t I a Woman speech, Kathryn Lee Bates’ ode to America’s beauty, and some lighter fare. For more information, please contact Christina Lynn-Craig at 303-466-2879 or tinaregina@aol.com.

Two performances:

Saturday, April 16th at 2 PM
Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, CO 80020
Admission: $12 Adults, $8 Seniors/Students
Tickets available at the AUDI Box Office T/R/S from 1 – 3 PM
or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2491293

Friday, April 22nd at 7 PM
Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 8545 E. Dry Creek Rd., Centennial, CO 80112
(Just west of Yosemite Street on Dry Creek Road; west of I-25)
This concert is part of the Music with a Mission series. A free-will offering to benefit The Crisis Center will be taken. There is no admission cost. The Crisis Center exists to end domestic violence through advocacy, education, and prevention; while helping communities live free of violence.

Artistic Director, Christina Lynn-Craig will be holding auditions throughout the Summer. No sight-reading involved, but an ability to learn music quickly and a willingness to memorize music. Experienced choral singers ages eighteen through seventy-something are encouraged to audition.

Aster Choir

Aster Women’s Chamber Choir

If you are interested in auditioning, contact Artistic Director, Christina by e-mail at Tinaregina@aol.com or at (303) 466-2879. We rehearse Tuesday evenings from 7:15 – 9:15 PM in Broomfield. Experienced Choral Singers are invited to audition for this small (24-32) voice ensemble. All ASTER members sing on a volunteer basis! Dues are on a sliding scale from $100 to $150 per year (paid in two installments in September and January). Singers also purchase a concert dress which costs approximately $100.

The audition consists of vocalization to hear the quality and range of a singer’s voice, and learning a short passage of unaccompanied music and then singing it while other parts are played or sung. No sight-reading is involved in the audition, but an ability to learn music quickly and a willingness to memorize music is an important aspect of participating in ASTER. Experienced choral singers ages eighteen through seventy-something are encouraged to audition. Individual auditions may be scheduled beginning in May and will continue throughout the summer.

ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir presents “Songs for the Soul: Sacred and Secular”, Saturday, November 14, 2015 at the Broomfield Auditorium, 2 PM and 7 PM

Admission is only $12 for adults and only $8 for students/seniors.

The Broomfield Children’s Chorus will join ASTER for this special concert. We will sing praises to Bugs, Fruit, Gardens, Rivers, Ladders along with music inspired by the gifts which Christmas brings.

This concert will feature music composed by Randall Thompson, George Lynn and other American composers. It is appropriate for ages 8 and above.

Tickets are available from choir members, at the Broomfield Auditorium Box Office on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons from 1 – 5 PM, or at the door.

For additional information contact Christina Lynn-Craig at Tinaregina@aol.com or call 303-466-2879.

Please come and join in the fun!

Old Fashioned Talent Show

Choir members, family and friends will entertain you with Duets from Cinderella and Wicked, stories of “Sunbonnet Sue” and “Prinderella”, Solo vocal and instrumental selections from bluegrass to classical, from folk to rock and jazz. ASTER will perform several audience favorites.

Appropriate for ages 10 and older.

Tuesday July 28, 2015 7:00 PM

Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, 80020
Free and Open to the Public
Suggested Donations $10 Adults and $5 for Students & Seniors

Broomfield Enterprise: ASTER, Apollo ready to sing through the ages at Broomfield Auditorium

Kerri Webster, Sophia Burris and Erica Tenent and the rest of ASTER Women's Chamber Choir will perform with Apollo Chamber Brass Saturday at the Broomfield Auditoirum. (Photo by Abbey Kochevar / Courtesy of ASTER Women's Chamber Choir)

With a millennia of music to choose from, selecting songs to sing for an audience can be fairly overwhelming. The solution ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir came up with was picking songs from several eras, providing a little something for everyone.

“From Baroque to Boogie and Beyond” will offer music lovers a variety of tunes ranging from the great masters, such as Mozart and Bach, to jazz legend Dave Brubeck and American Songbook composer George Gershwin.

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ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir joins forces with the Apollo Chamber Brass Quintet to present From Baroque to Boogie and Beyond — a concert celebrating ASTER’s fifteen seasons. Two performances will be held on Saturday, April 25 at 2 pm and 7:30 pm at the Broomfield Auditorium. The program will feature music by Bach, Mozart, Dave Brubeck, Gershwin and others which will put a smile on your face and a song in your heart. The contrast between women’s choir and handsome men playing brass has proven to be a winning combination! ASTER is eager to bring in new audience members for this lively concert, so please invite a friend or two to come with you to the performance! For the younger music lover in your life, this show is appropriate for ages 10 and older. Admission for this event is $12 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. Tickets will be available at the Audi Box Office on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 1-5 pm; through brownpapertickets.com or at the door. Be sure that you purchase tickets for the correct performance time. For the 2 pm show you may purchase your tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1157982. For the 7:30 pm show, you may purchase your tickets online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1157984.

Apollo Chamber Brass

Apollo Chamber Brass

Corrie and Ayla

Corrie and Ayla

ASTER Chamber Choir

ASTER Chamber Choir

Dorothy Fields

Dorothy Fields

Come join us On the Sunny Side of the Street and let ASTER introduce you to women of Tin Pan Alley who were responsible for many popular songs we still hear today. We’ll salute Dorothy Fields, Kay Swift, Ann Ronnel, Dana Suesse and more! Special guest Anna Wheeler Gentry will surprise you with fascinating facts about these creative women, their accomplishments, and their associations in the songwriting salons of the early twentieth century.

Saturday, October 18th at 7:30pm
Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Rd

Admission: $12/adults, $8 students/seniors
Tickets at brownpapertickets.com or at the Audi box office

www.brownpapertickets.com/event/844488

Spring in Scandinavia

Spring in Scandinavia, Original Artwork by Corrie Frank

ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir is delighted to be presenting a program of pieces which celebrate the return of Spring in Scandinavia. Many of the pieces we will sing are choral arrangements of folk songs. Folk songs, folk dances and folk arts and crafts offer people an insight into the distinctive ‘personalities’ of the countries where they originated. Percy Scholes said in his article on Folk Song in The Oxford Companion to Music that folks songs are “….seen as the authentic expression of a way of life now past ….” Most traditional folk songs are very old and have been passed down from one generation to another by oral tradition. They were sung by the plain folk. People who are of Scandinavian ancestry will want to make a special effort to attend this concert to hear the music that their great-grandparents might have heard or sung.

In order to learn these pieces, ASTER is collaborating with guest artist Dr. Riikka Pietaläinen-Caffrey on our “Springtime in Scandinavia” concerts. Riikka is from Finland and has made arrangements of several Finnish folk songs for the choir to perform. She is an amazing and enthusiastic diction coach, which is very good, because most people in the choir do not speak Swedish, Finnish or Norwegian!

In addition to the folk music, you will hear pieces by Sibelius, Grieg, Anders Edenroth (from the contemporary Swedish a cappella group The Real Group) AND a set of pieces composed for the choir by Broomfield resident Alex Craig called “Astersongs” and an original composition by Dr. Riikka Pietaläinen-Caffrey based on a poem written by her grandmother.

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