The mission of Larimer Chorale, an auditioned symphonic chorus based in Fort Collins, Colorado, is to perform choral music at a high artistic standard, with an emphasis on masterworks, and to enrich and educate singers and audiences throughout northern Colorado.
In 1977 Elizabeth Elliott and others in Fort Collins acted on their vision of a local adult chorus with professional abilities, similar to those in major cities, by founding the Larimer Chorale. At first the Chorale welcomed all interested singers. Over the next few years, as the group grew, it began to require auditions so that it could do justice to more complex music. Current conductor/artistic director Michael Todd Krueger arrived in the fall of 2004 and began to diversify our programming and grow our musicianship, bringing us ever closer to the founders' original vision. Today the Larimer Chorale is one of the most accomplished choral groups in Colorado and is gaining reputation a reputation for excellence among fellow choruses nationwide. Current membership is approximately 120. The Chorale has formed a number of small groups within its membership to provide more varied experiences for its singers and audiences.
The touring Chamber Choir has participated in music festivals and performed in historic cathedrals, performance halls, and churches in Western Europe and the British Isles. In 1998, the Choir sang for services at San Marco in Venice and at the Duomo in Florence, Italy. In July, 2001, the Choir was invited to sing in a Sunday mass at Notre Dame de Paris and in a concert at the Madeleine during their tour of France. In July 2010, the Choir performed in churches and cathedrals in Austria and Czech Republic, including St. Nicholas in Prague, the Salzburg Cathedral, and St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna. In January 2013, the choir visited Spain to sing in Barcelona, La Rioja, Toledo, and Madrid. In June 2015, the choir toured German and Poland. In June 2018, the choir will tour Ireland, Wales, and England.
The Dickens Carolers, clad in authentic Victorian attire, perform at our annual fund-raiser, The Dickens Dinners, and are available for hire during the holiday season.
As it has matured, the Chorale has become increasingly involved in community engagement. It's Singing for Seniors program, founded in 2012, is now home to one of the largest choirs for seniors in the country. Each week about 150 seniors gather to sing, laugh, learn make friends, face new challenges, and enjoy all the health and wellness benefits that singing in a group has to offer.
Now, more than 40 years after its humble founding, the Chorale is one of the largest and most accomplished classical choral groups in Colorado, fulfilling its goals of enriching and educating singers and audiences through live performances, recordings, and workshops.
I wish to thank you for an outstanding performance of Handel's Messiah on May 6th at the Lincoln Center. I was so blessed to be able to attend and enjoy your hard work. I think it all went beautifully, I was very touched, pleased, blessed, excited to experience the beauty of the music, lyrics, and the whole performance. I was so happy to have the program in advance and to be able to refer to the Braille printout I brought with me. It was great to follow along with the titles as the soloists and chorus sang their parts.
We saw the preconcert talk by the conductor, and he stayed with the audience until just 15 minutes before the performance. He noted that the Larimer Chorale is 120 voices, but that they are "as nimble as a 40 or 50 voice choir." I agree. I did use my binoculars some, and was able to see some joyous faces as they sang. After hearing the pitch for next year's season, I plan to get season tickets.
Great show tonight!
Best I HAVE EVER HEARD THIS PERFORMED! The tenor solo has to be amphibious! And the chorus is spot on. And the audience hangs on every note by the soprano.... who gleefully returns the favor by visibly enjoying the performance. Thank you, #LarimerChorale!
I'm still contemplating the music.
Thank you for a wonderful concert. It was very moving. Well done thanks.
Wonderful concert! I have been singing your praises to all my Facebook friends and family!