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ASTER is holding auditions for the upcoming concert season. The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings in Broomfield beginning on September 3rd.

Our Fall concert will be a Celtic Celebration with guests Margot Krimmel and Beth Leachman. Performances will be on Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th.

Please call Christina Lynn-Craig at 303-466-2879 to schedule an audition. The Spring concerts will be “Spring in Scandinavia” with guest conductor Dr. Riikka Pietilainen-Caffrey on Saturday, May 17th and another date TBA.

Sisters
Saturday April 27, 2013, 7:30PM

Broomfield Auditorium
3 Community Park Rd
Broomfield, Colorado

A tribute to the wonderful close harmonies of the Boswell Sisters and the Andrews Sisters and the jazzy melodies of Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Jeanine Tesori and other composers whose music makes us want to “Misbehave!”

Apollo Brass

With special guests Apollo Chamber Brass Quintet. Those who have heard the Apollo Chamber Brass in concert with ASTER before know this is an event you don’t want to miss!

Admission: $15/adults, $10 students/seniors

Advanced purchase highly recommended. Tickets will be availble at the door.

Tickets available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/312804

The joint will be jumpin’!!

Christmas in Scandinavia


Saturday, December 1st, 2012
2 PM
Church of the Holy Comforter

A family concert (for ages 6 and above)

Come hear stories and beautiful music from Finland, Norway, Denmark and Sweden!

Featuring Special Guest Riikka Pietiläinen-Caffrey

Admission $10 adults
$5 seniors/students
with canned food donation for FISH

Rikka

Dr. Riikka Pietiläinen-Caffrey was born in Kemi, Finland, one hundred kilometers below the Arctic Circle. Riikka moved to Helsinki at the age of sixteen to attend the prestigious Sibelius High School. In high school, Riikka sang in choirs with one of the leading figures of the Finnish choral tradition, Marjukka Riihimäki. After high school, Riikka toured the world with Marjukka’s world-renowned female choir Philomela.

In the fall of 2001 Riikka moved to New York to study saxophone at the City College of New York. While in college Riikka drifted back to her first love, choral music, and founded her own female choir Las Sirenas. In the spring of 2005 Las Sirenas performed Riikka’s composition Viel valkee aamu, which was based on the war-time pomes of her grandmother. The nine-movement composition was composed for female choir and percussion, and choreographed by Riikka’s high school friend Hanna Kivioja.

After her bachelor’s degree Riikka moved to Boulder to continue graduate studies in choral conducting at the University of Colorado. During her doctoral studies she was the conductor of the University Women’s Chorus. Riikka has also been working as the Coordinator of Traditional Worship at Broomfield United Methodist Church since 2008. Riikka holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the City College of the City University of New York, and Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Colorado.

About this concert:
I first sung these carols with Marjukka Riihimäki at Sibelius High School in Helsinki. While quite a few years have passed since those days, when I sing any of these songs, I can still picture my fellow singers and my wonderful mentor. I wish that with this traditional repertoire, I can share my love for Finnish choral music and female choirs with both the singers and audience

Aster Small Group Picture

Aster Small Group

The Two Sarahs

The two Sarahs, played by Mariena Richards and Sarah Kochevar

Quiltin' and Dreamin' on the Prarie (2)

Quiltin' and Dreamin' on the Prarie (2)

Aster Small Group (2)

Aster Small Group (2)

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