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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, The Louisville Chorus is only two years 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, The 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; presents annual benefit shows for charitable organizations; 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 operating support to The Louisville Chorus with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
In 1939, Fr. Joseph Emrich founded The Holy Name Band and Choral Club, which later became: The Holy Name Choral Club (1968), The Choral Club of Louisville (1972), and finally, The Louisville Chorus (1987). Joseph Herde succeeded Father Emrich. Richard Spalding, Conductor Emeritus, devoted 20 years to this choral arts agency and made possible the 1985 European Sister Cities Concert Tour. From 1991 to 2002, Music Director Daniel Spurlock, a graduate of the Juilliard School and for many years the lead bass player in the Louisville Orchestra, ushered this high-calibre ensemble and its audiences into inspirational, poignant, and emotional musical experiences. In January 2003, The Louisville Chorus welcomed Maestro 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. The Louisville Chorus, since the return of Music Director Daniel Spurlock in June 2009, continues to maintain its artistic distinction under his dynamic direction!
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
2013/ 2014 —75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary Season
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 "60th" Anniversary feature concert - Mozart Requiem + with members of The Louisville Orchestra
1999 "60th" Anniversary season opening performance of the Fauré Requiem with The Louisville Orchestra
1997 Iroquois Amphitheater Diamond Jubilee Season Opener and 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
1958 Appointment of Joseph Herde as Music Director
1957 Selected to record for the National Sacred Heart Program and the Hour of the Crucified
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 male Catholics) by Father Joseph Emrich
- The Louisville Chorus website
- The Louisville Chorus Begins its Christmas Concert Series in Style on Louisville.com
- All Voices: Local to Global News - A review of a Louisville Chorus Concert
- Louisville Chorus performs rare Puccini 'Messa di Gloria"
- KET reviews Daniel Spurlock, Music Director of The Louisville Chorus[permanent dead link]
- Performing Arts Directory listing
- Zevents reviews
- WAVE TV 3 listing—write a review
- The Encyclopedia of Louisville article
- 2009 Christmas Specials
- YELP reference
- The Louisville Chorus at the Cathedral of the Assumption