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The Louisville Chorus, established 1939 in Louisville, Kentucky, is the longest-thriving most frequently performing choral arts agency in Kentuckiana and neighboring states—also exceeding the longevity of opera, ballet, and theatre in the area. As well, within the realm of major arts agencies, Louisville Chorus is only one year younger than the Louisville Orchestra.
The Louisville Chorus has filmed concerts for international broadcast on EWTN, the largest religious media network in the world and has recorded music for Hollywood in the making of movies. The Louisville Chorus is also a member of Chorus America and has had music chosen for nationwide broadcast on the first nationally distributed radio series to focus exclusively on the art of choral music performance.
A professional chorus of auditioned singers, Louisville Chorus annually provides the widest variety of music from choral masterworks to pops, children-oriented, holiday, Broadway, and even Bluegrass music; releases professional commercial CDs available through CD Baby in-store and international digital outlets, and aired on XM Satellite Radio; performs regularly with other arts agencies; offers its own very active season of concerts and events; and performs for arts series and outreach opportunities throughout Kentuckiana.
The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, provides partial operating support to The Louisville Chorus with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Louisville Chorus is supported by the Louisville Fund for the Arts.
In 1939, Father Joseph Emrich founded The Holy Name Choral Club, which later became The Choral Club of Louisville in 1972 and Louisville Chorus in 1987. The late Joseph Herde succeeded Father Emrich. Richard Spalding, Conductor Emeritus, lovingly devoted 20 years to this choral arts agency and made possible its 1985 European Sister Cities Concert Tour. From 1991-2002, Music Director Daniel Spurlock ushered this high-calibre ensemble and its audiences into inspirational, poignant, and emotional musical experiences. In January, 2003, The Louisville Chorus was pleased to welcome the expertise of S. Timothy Glasscock as Artistic Director. Therese Davis, Executive Director and Pianist, has collaborated with the music directors since 1969 to ensure high standards and the successful growth and development of the Chorus. In June of 2009 Daniel Spurlock returned as our dynamic Music Director of the Louisville Chorus.
Ongoing Annual Events: MasterWorks with orchestra • Performance collaborations with other arts institutions, including the youth • Local and Outreach Concerts • Celebrations of Christmas, Valentine's Day, Fourth of July, and more • Active season of concerts, incorporating widely diversified repertoire and performance venues
2018 Implementation of Apprentice Connection program—for HS singers—To rehearse & perform in a professional choral ensemble environment and to apply & build upon education gained from current HS choral director
2016 Performance of the Dan Forrest (Young/Living/Contemporary composer) Requiem for the Living (His largest work—Published in 2013) joined by Louisville Philharmonia—the Musicians' Orchestra, chorus and soloists
2009 6/09—Return of Daniel Spurlock as Music Director
2009 Filming for perpetual INTERNATIONAL Broadcast on EWTN, largest global religious media network
2003 Appointment of S. Timothy Glasscock as Artistic Director
2002 A 9/11 Memorial Musical Tribute
2000 Feature concert - Mozart Requiem + with members of The Louisville Orchestra
1999 Season opening performance of the Fauré Requiem with The Louisville Orchestra
1997 Iroquois Amphitheater Diamond Jubilee Season Opener and subsequent Kickoff Concerts
1996 Release of first CD Christmas from the Heart
1995 First annual Unforgettable Valentine Dinner Concert
1994 Host Chorus for Symphony No. 8 (Mahler) "Symphony of A Thousand" with The Louisville Orchestra; Daniel Spurlock, Chorus Master
1993 Lonesome Pine Special Celebration of Irish Folk Music Concert with Mick Moloney
1992 "My Old Kentucky Home", sung in Russian, to 300 million former Soviet citizens, during a Kentucky Derby telecast
1992 Host Chorus for the Kentucky Bicentennial Concert
1991 Appointment of Daniel Spurlock as Music Director
1989 Designation of Richard Spalding as Conductor Emeritus
1988 First Super Pops with The Louisville Orchestra; Initial induction into Chorus America, the National Association for Professional Vocal Ensembles
1987 Name change to The Louisville Chorus; "Resurrection" Symphony No. 2 (Mahler) with The Louisville Orchestra
1984 Official Brown & Williamson sponsored "Light Up Louisville" Entertainment for the next 10 years
1982 Benefit Concert for Hearing Impaired Children
1972 Name change to The Choral Club of Louisville. Chorus becomes non-denominational.
1970 Verdi Requiem with The Louisville Orchestra
1967 Appointment of Richard Spalding as Music Director (20 year tenure)
1958 Appointment of Joseph Herde as Music Director
1942 Recruitment of Catholic women. Began Iroquois Amphitheater performances with proceeds to the U.S.O.
1940 First performance in Columbia Auditorium (Knights of Columbus - now Spalding Auditorium)
1939 Founding of the Holy Name Band and Choral Club (all Catholic men) by Father Joseph Emrich
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