It seems that you just can't get enough of children's choruses. There's something about them that makes it fun and exciting to hear them sing. And one of the best of these groups is the Salt Lake Children's Choir. Under the inspired direction of founder Ralph Woodward, these young singers exhibit a lot of talent, musicality and sheer enthusiasm. The voices of these children are angelic and pure, and they give the music they perform a new dimension.
The Salt Lake Children's Choir is now 20 years old, and to celebrate the event, Woodward and his singers held an anniversary concert Saturday evening in Abravanel Hall. What made this program especially memorable was the fact that an alumni choir of a hundred former members was also assembled.
Alongside the children and alumni choirs, there were also two soloists, Nancy Treu Jepsen and Erin Palmer, who got their musical start in the choir and are now pursuing a career in music. Jepsen sang the well-known aria "Un bel di" from Puccini's "Madame Butterfly." She had a lovely, lyrical, strong voice, and she gave a dramatic and emotional performance of this beautiful number.
Palmer sang the "Alleluia" section from Mozart's "Exsultate, Jubilate." She had a powerful, but also melodic voice, and she did a remarkable job with this delightful piece.
The alumni choir sang beautifully, too. A particularly poignant moment in the concert was when Woodward's father, Ralph Woodward Sr. directed the alumni in Sibelius' "Onward, Ye Peoples."The concert concluded with the alumni choir and the entire children's choir singing Woodward's hauntingly beautiful and evocative "A Day in Spring," a song that has become synonymous with the Salt Lake Children's Choir.