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The Broomfield Council on Arts and Humanities presents ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir and the Broomfield Children’s Chorus.

Friday Dec. 10 at 7:00 p.m., Saturday Dec. 11 at 2 p.m.

Tickets: $10 adults, $5 seniors and students. Reserve your tickets by emailing: info@broomfieldchildrenschorus.org or tinaregina@aol.com. Seating will be limited.

Holy Comforter Episcopal Church, 1700 W. 10th Ave., Broomfield, CO 80020

 

Christmas in Scandinavia

Christmas in Scandinavia

ASTER celebrates the season with selections from their recently released Christmas CD “A Field of White.”

 

ASTER will sing some of our favorite Scandinavian carols, a 14th century chant, the famous “Evening Prayer” from Hansel and Gretel, along with pieces which celebrate home and the beauty of snow.

 

If you wish to take home a CD, the suggested donation is $10.

 


AND, what could make the season brighter? The beautiful voices of the Broomfield Children’s Chorus!

 

The young singers in the Broomfield Children’s Chorus are excited to bring you the sounds of the season! From the gentle, melodic lines of “Still, Still, Still,” and familiar “Manger Carols” to waiting for “Seven Feet of Snow” so there will be a snow day or a “Winter Blast” of cold weather, we promise to get you in the holiday spirit with our program of seasonal delights.

 

The Programme in PDF.

Click Here to download the programme.

Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 2 P.M. (Mountain Time).

Broomfield Auditorium – 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, CO 80020

Admission: $15 Adults, $10 Students and Seniors (or pay what you can pay)

Instructions for Livestream on YouTube.

Use this link to join the livestream: Click Here.

The live-stream is free, though donations are gratefully accepted!
(Send a cheque made out to B.C.A.H. with ASTER Concert in the memo line to Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities, P.O. Box 681, Broomfield, CO 80038-0681 or visit www.artsinbroomfield.org to give online and designate your donation for ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir in the drop down menu.)

About the composers.


E. Pauline Johnson (1861 – 1913) was one of Canada’s most popular and successful entertainers at the turn of the 20th century. The daughter of a Mohawk Native-Canadian father and an English mother she adopted the name “Tekahionwake,” at age thirty-one. She created a Mohawk costume, and began touring Canada giving recitals of her poetry, comedy routines and plays. She was the first Native poet to have her work published in Canada, and was one of the few female writers at the time to make a living from what she wrote and performed. ASTER will be singing Sarah Quartel’s setting of Johnson’s poem The Bird’s Lullaby.


Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) Though she was a recluse during her lifetime, today she is one of the best known of all American poets. She wrote nearly 1800 poems. Hope is the thing with feathers is among the most familiar of her works. ASTER will be singing Susan LeBarr’s setting of this famous poem. The solo vocal pieces which will be performed on the concert were composed by Vincent Persichetti including the humorous poem I’m Nobody.


Susan Stewart (b. 1952) is both a poet and a scholar. In an interview at the University of Pennsylvania, Susan Stewart said that her primary goal as a poet is “to get people to read more slowly, and to reread, and to read a whole book and go back to the beginning of the book and see connections.” She is the recipient of a “Genius Award” from the MacArthur Foundation which noted that her poetry makes “strange and disorienting that which we usually take to be familiar and of common sense.” ASTER will perform James Primosch’s setting of her poem Cinder, from his song cycle Holy the Firm. He arranged this song specifically for the choir at the director’s request because they were friends in graduate school.


Christie Dickason (b. 1942) is known as a novelist, poet and teacher. She brings a diverse background to her work including four years as a director and choreographer with the Royal Shakespeare Company. She has lived in many countries and ASTER thinks that she has a wonderful sense of humour. The choir will perform Cecilia MacDowell’s setting of Would Like to Meet.

At the present time, ASTER does not know what requirements may be in place at the Broomfield Auditorium in November for those who wish to attend in person. Please know that your health and safety comes first, AND that we will find a way to share our music in the best way possible.

ASTER has fallen in love with many new pieces on this concert and we think that our audience members will too!

Tickets available from choir members or at the door. You can also obtain tickets through Brown Paper Tickets.

Alex Craig

ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir mourns with our director, Christina Lynn-Craig, at the loss of her husband, Alex Craig, who died suddenly on the evening of April 18th. Alex was not only an ardent supporter of ASTER, but he was ASTER’s first accompanist and wrote many musical pieces for the choir. His musicality and love for Tina are our greatest loss, and he will be deeply missed by the entire ASTER family. Our thoughts and prayers go to Tina and Alex’s family at this time.

Alex Craig

Alex Craig

Divine Daughters II

Presented by The Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities and ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir

ASTER Choir

Soothe your soul and refresh your spirit with sacred music that includes beautiful songs such as Imnant Raminsh’s Missa Brevis in C Minor, Duke Ellington’s Come Sunday, Michael Head’s Ave Maria, Kathleen Fagre’s O Unico Amore with text by Mother Cabrini, His Eye is on the Sparrow, and How Can I Keep from Singing.

$15 Adults, $10 Students/Seniors

https://asterdivinedaughters.brownpapertickets.com/

Saturday, November 9, 2019 2 p.m.
Broomfield Auditorium
3 Community Park Road
Broomfield, CO 80020

This fun fundraising event features Broomfield High School Alums Sarah Kochevar and Ellie Hackbarth, Sara Gita, the Mahan Family, Bluegrass Duo Carolyn Crouse and Patrick O’Kelly and members of the choir and guest artists singing their hearts out.

Appropriate for ages 10 and older.

Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, 80020

Free and Open to the Public – Suggested Donation $15

For additional information contact Tinaregina@aol.com or call 303-466-2879

ASTER Choir

Saturday, March 16, 2019 at 2 PM
Broomfield Auditorium, 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, CO 80020
Tickets: Adults $12, Students and Seniors $8
Appropriate for ages 7 and older.
Tickets available at the door and through
https://astergreatamericansongbook.brownpapertickets.com

Navajo Women


This concert has something for everyone! In addition to Girl Group tunes Java Jive, Mister Sandman, and Heebie Jeebies along with Tin Pan Alley favorites I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, On the Sunny Side of the Street, and You Oughta Be in Pictures, ASTER includes music not typically associated with “The Great American Songbook”. Audience members will hear lullabies, courting songs, and hymns traditionally sung by Navajo and Appalachian women including I Gave My Love a Cherry and Down to the River to Pray. Whether it was Dorothy Fields writing snappy lyrics, women singing while they worked and worshiped or sister acts entertaining the troops and those at home, American women have made a great contribution to the history of American music. Come join us and bring a friend!

Appalachian Singer

Celtic Celebration

Broomfield Council on the Arts and Humanities presents
Celtic Celebration
with ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir

Aster Women's Chamber Choir

Aster Women’s Chamber Choir

Saturday, November 10th at 2 PM
At the Broomfield Auditorium 3 Community Park Road, Broomfield 80020

Celtic Duo

Celtic Duo

The choir will perform favorite lullabies, and music sung in pubs, and churches including Morning Has Broken, Suo Gan, Danny Boy, Colcannon, Dream Angus and other favorites.

Featuring Celtic Duo
Beth Gadbaw and Margot Krimmel

Admission: $12 Adults
$8 Students/Seniors

Tickets available at the door and astercelticcelebration.brownpapertickets.com
Advance purchase recommended.

For additional information contact Tinaregina@aol.com or call 303-466-2879

Talent Show

Come and enjoy an old fashioned talent show featuring special guest Walter Kelly, guitar master and the women from ASTER singing their favorite solos, duets, and trios from country music, jazz and musical theater.

August 2, 2018, 7:30 p.m.

Broomfield Auditorium

3 Community Park Rd

Broomfield, CO 80020

Free ($15 suggested donation)

The theme of ASTER Women’s Chamber Choir’s Spring concert is a timeless one, which has inspired great poetry and music. Two local composers, Sara Flores and Alex Craig will have pieces premiered.

The Flores piece, Untapped Peace, features original words and music and answers a child’s questions about war. The Craig cycle, War Songs Revisited, is a set of pieces setting poems by 12th century Chinese poet, Kao Ch’i, American poets Edna St. Vincent Millay and Amy Lowell, and English poets, Rudyard Kipling and Alfred, Lord Tennyson.

Contemporary choral composers Ruth Morris Gray and Kim André Armesen have set How Like a Winter, from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 97 and by Even When He is Silent a text found written on a wall of a concentration camp after World War II. These poignant pieces will surely touch the heart of those in the audience.

ASTER is delighted to welcome Anna Wheeler Gentry as Assistant Conductor. In addition, musical guests Anna Lynn-Palevsky and Declan Siefkas will perform an instrumental interlude composed by Artistic Director Christina Lynn-Craig’s father. This Idyl for Violin and Piano provides a transition from the War and Peace sections of the program. Another special offering is the Iraqi Peace Song which will be sung in a mixture of Arabic and English accompanied by Broomfield resident Kusala Anupindi on cello and ASTER alum Allison Zema on drum. Solos and readings will add variety to the program.

The concert will conclude with a performance of Franz Schubert’s sublime setting of The Twenty-third Psalm, and Gwyneth Walker’s exuberant setting of E. E. Cummings poem I Thank You God for Most This Amazing Day.

Saturday, April 14 at 2 PM at the Broomfield Auditorium
3 Community Park Road, Broomfield, CO 80020

Admission: $12 Adults, $8 Students/Seniors
The concert will last approximately 75 minutes and will not have an intermission. Due to mature subject matter and complex music, this concert is not recommended for children under age twelve.

Alex Craig

Alex Craig

Tina and Aster 2016

Tina and Aster 2016

Come hear Santa Lucia, O How Beautiful the Sky and other carols, stories, and compositions which celebrate this wonderful Christmas season. Learn about the Sami People who live near the Arctic Circle herding reindeer and their musical traditions. Hear children sing about the Nisse and Tomte (Scandinavian gnomes) which keep families on their toes. Enjoy sacred choral works by Edvard Grieg and others which you might hear in a Scandinavian church at this time of year, and top it off with songs from Frozen.

Friday, December 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Saturday, December 9, 2017 at 2 PM

Holy Comforter Episcopal Church

1700 West 10th Avenue, Broomfield, CO 80020

Credit to Corrie Frank for her original artwork

Credit to Corrie Frank for her original artwork

Admission: $12 Adults, $8 Students/Seniors, $5 Children 12 and under

Tickets available at the door, from choir members or through
brownpapertickets.com/event/3141884 (or search Christmas in Scandinavia)

The Broomfield Children’s Chorus collaborates with ASTER in these concerts.

Both ASTER and Broomfield Children’s Chorus are looking for new singers in January!

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